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Copy or Move Multiple Files using TeraCopy, without Worrying about Errors

 

  • Do you have to copy or move many files on your computer or from one disk to the other or between your computer and the network?
  • Are you bothered by the Windows copy error dialog box telling you that one of your files has a problem or the file copy stopped due to one or the other error?
  • Do you wish that the Windows file copying should have been better?
  • Do you wish that Windows should have been able to resume copying/moving the other files even when one or a few files couldn’t be copied?
  • Do you wish that when you’re copying lots of data or large files, you should be able to pause the copying, complete the other important task and then resume the copy process?

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then you definitely need TeraCopy. But you may ask what is TeraCopy and what other features does it have? Read on to know some of the features of the free version. (There’s also a paid version which has even more features.)

  1. Pause and resume file transfers. Pause the copy process at any time to free up system resources and resume with a single click.
  2. Error recovery. In case of any copy error, TeraCopy tries several times and in the worst case, just skips the problematic file –  it won’t abort the whole copy process like Windows does.
  3. Interactive file list. TeraCopy shows failed file transfers and lets you fix the problem and recopy only the files which couldn’t be copied.
  4. Shell integration. TeraCopy can completely replace Windows Explorer copy and move functions, allowing you to work with files normally.

TeraCopy allows you to copy and move files on your Windows system at faster speeds. For this, it uses adjusted buffers. It also uses asynchronous copy to speed up transfers between two or more hard drives. If there’s an error while copying or moving files, it will automatically retry the copy and in case of another failure, will skip the files completely unlike Windows which will just cancel the whole copy operation.

Teracopy also gives you a chance to try and recopy files at the end of the copy operation. It can also take over the Windows Explorer functions by integrating itself into the Windows Shell.  You can make it the default Windows file/folder copier.

This program can also be used as a portable application on small devices such as pen drives and USB sticks. Simply create a folder in that drive and place TeraCopy.exe (from your Program Files\TeraCopy Folder) inside the folder. In short, TeraCopy speeds up file transfers and can pause, resume and verify file copy operations.

TeraCopy is a free download for home computer users (Windows only) and can be downloaded from here.

Why Do I Need a Separate File Copy Tool When Windows has a Built-in Copy Tool

Windows has a useful built-in File Copy Tool and everybody knows and uses it. But that tool is not suitable in cases when hundreds of thousands of files are to be copied, specially when you have to copy an entire disk. Some of the common problems you might face using windows built-in copy tool are as follows:

  1. It can abort the entire file copying process, if it encounters a bad or corrupt file. You will have to start your copy again but still there’s no guarantee that it won’t abort. What is even more frustrating is that Windows won’t tell you the exact path of the file which is causing it to abort.
  2. It does not allow copying files from multiple folders at one go.
  3. It does not provide any sort of customization.
  4. It does not provide any report, whether all files were copied correctly or not.
  5. There is no Stop, Pause or Resume File Copy feature.
  6. The speed of file copying process is too slow compared to some other file copy tools.
  7. Very limited features, when you talk about attributes, files sizes, date stamps etc.

If you want to read some file copying speed comparisions between Windows Copy and TeraCopy, click here.

A similar but hidden free tool from Microsoft called RichCopy (similar to TeraCopy) was the single most popular piece of content published on Technet. So, TeraCopy would get a similar response. You can get RichCopy from here. RichCopy has a few additional features that TeraCopy doesn’t have but TeraCopy still seems to be the favorite.

There would be such an inbuilt copy tool in Windows 8, but until then, it’s better to stick with TeraCopy.

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