A Better Way To Copy Files


TeracopyWindows has never been particularly fast or flexible at copying files. Copying a large file from one drive to another, or even from one location to another on the same drive, is much slower than when performing the same operation from a command prompt. Even before the copy starts, Windows spends ages discovering and calculating how much data it needs to move.

Teracopy is a great program for moving or copying files around your computer. It has a friendly graphical interface, it's very fast, and the program is free for home use. You'll find the download at http://www.codesector.com/teracopy and it's a 4.3 MB file. It's malware-free according to VirusTotal, and is rated as reputable by Web of Trust.

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Fast Copy does appear to preserve the date/time stampof files but it only seems capable of copyng entire directories unless the 'filter' option is used. This would be OK for a single file or all those which fit a flter string, but not to select a few files with wildly-different names in a direccory with many entries.

Thanks Rob for the recommendation for your preferred file copy utility

For me to use a file copy utility, it has to:
1)Be fast
2)Be supremely accurate, and provide a complete copy of all folders and files, with no missing files
3)Ensures all copied folders and files have the same date and time, of the original source folders, files
4)Be portable (this is not essential, but I prefer all my applications do not touch my registry)

I suggest when trying a new file copy utility, always check the result by using a folder comparison utility, to make sure the copy job was complete and a true copy of the original. Some file copy utilities dont accurately copy folders with lot of levels of subfolders

I commonly copy files across to a back up drive, and there is an important difference between 'copying files' and 'backing up files'
Regarding backing up your data, you are not creating an accurate backup if the copied files have different dates and time stamps to the original source, which is what most file copy utilities do

This is the best comparison study I have found, from an independent source, regarding most of the free file copy utilities available for Windows
It compares the speed of copying of each utility to the copy speed of Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8

I have used the freeware "Fast Copy", as it is free, fast, and ensures the copied folders and files have the same datestamps as the originals