If you do any serious file copying on a Windows system, you’ll quickly discover that there are substantial limitations to the default file copier. Ease your file copying frustrations with these five alternative copiers.
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Copying a few documents from your hard drive to your flash drive doesn’t stress out the default copier too much. If you’re dumping gigabytes of data from one drive to another, however, you’ll quickly find that the default copier is sluggish and unreliable. The pinnacle of frustration: When Microsoft’s default copier putters out while you’re transferring tons of files and you’re left with no indication what was copied and what wasn’t, leaving you to pick through the file lists on each end or starting from scratch to ensure a clean copy. The five excellent alternatives below all succeed at alleviating the many shortcomings of the default copier.
FastCopy (Windows, Free)
RichCopy (Windows, Free)
SuperCopier (Windows, Free)
TeraCopy (Windows, Basic: Free / Pro: $US21)
CopyHandler (Windows, Free)
This week’s honorable mention goes to RoboCopy a powerful command line utility originally offered as part of the Windows Resource Kit and now included in Windows Vista and Server 2008. Even with the GUI add-on it’s not pretty or remotely easy to use but it’s quite a powerhouse if you love the command line.
Whether it’s your first time trying out an alternative copier or you’ve long since swapped out the old and busted for the new and streamlined, we want to hear about it in the comments below.