Five Best Alternative File Copiers

Five Best Alternative File Copiers

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.


  • Hi guys

    I did some NETWORK COPY tests using TeraCopy 2 on my Windows 7 x64 notebook.. (corei3 4GB RAM).. realtime protection of antivirus turned off so it’ll not interfere w/ speeds…. used a 700mb avi file for test..

    also im copying over Wifi (Wireless N)..

    I did over 20 repeats to make sure the results are pretty accurate.. and sadly, i found TeraCopy slower 🙁 🙁

    w/ windows 7 native copy , im getting 9-10Mbps,while on tera copy i get around 7-8.5Mbps… and few of the transfers i even got 6Mbps average 🙁 🙁

    I tried the use system write cache option in TeraCopy but it didnt help a bit.

    are you guys getting the same network copy results? can ya’ll confirm?

  • TeraCopy is great on x86. On x64 I concur with the above. It’s painfully slow. When the only real advantage it brings to the table is resuming interrupted file transfers, I’ll take faster transfers thanks through the native copier thanks.

  • Thanks for sharing such useful information. I am using FastCopy for quite some time and it has been my favourite context menu option for copying files and folders over many network destinations ( remembers all those locations, in its destination list box ). Recently, came to know about grsync, deltacopy etc. to do copying of just the changed portions of files, resulting in considerable savings of bandwidth and resource usage and so, need to check them out now ….

  • Thanks for putting me onto Fast Copy, it really works. My computer sux and when I tried to transfer to my external harddrive (usb) it would start at about 20MBs and drop to about 10 for the most part! Fast Copy can keep it above 20 the whole time which is just fantastic.

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