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Old 04-17-2019, 02:08 PM   #1
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Is there some little software utility that (simply and easily) copies stuff from one place to the other that is better--as in faster--than Windows' copy command?


I have a vague memory of reading about such many moon ago and never paid much attention (other than to note its existence) because Windows' copy worked ok for me but yesterday, I was copying 120GB file from my lovely new Fantom drive to a thumbdrive and it took bloody FOREVER!!


I know the obvious limitation of transfer rates and hardware but, it occurred to me that there might be something else out there that might be worth trying.


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Old 04-18-2019, 09:32 AM   #2
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ROBOCOPY is sort of like XCOPY on steroids. It's strictly a command-line program (though I think somebody's written a GUI front end for it).

It should be installed on all your PCs already. Type ROBOCOPY /? from the command prompt and be prepared to scroll through lots of interesting (or inscrutable) options.

   
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Old 04-18-2019, 12:11 PM   #3
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steve: Type ROBOCOPY /?
It is there but...while command line is not a problem for me, I was looking for something my sister could also use and she's never gonna be a command line person...'-}}


Do you know of any good 3rd party gui-based copy utilities...there must be something out there...



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Old 04-21-2019, 09:47 PM   #4
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I'm drawing a blank. I can add that I have very different transfer rates depending on how I do it.

   
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Old 04-22-2019, 07:54 AM   #5
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I use Robocopy for one particular task fairly often, and since I can never remember all the command line options (or, faced with a list of them, which ones are the RIGHT ones), I've just set up a BAT file with the correct bits. Sometimes I'll create a shortcut to the BAT file, e.g. on the desktop, so the whole thing turns into a sister-friendly "Click this and watch the fun" affair.

   
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:29 AM   #6
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andrew: I'm drawing a blank.
I did a little bit of browsing and came across TeraCopy which sounded vaguely familar so I've downloaded it but not tried it yet...


I've never really paid all that much attention to transfer rates until I got this new Fantom drive and in many instances is so fast that I began to realize how slow some copying is...




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steve: I've just set up a BAT file with the correct bits.
I did give that approach a passing thought but I think I'm both too lazy and the files to be copied are not consistent so I'd have to edit the BAT (or create a bunch for my sister) and that it more trouble than it's worth...to me...'-}}


See my reply to Andrew...does TeraCopy sound familiar to you?



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Old 04-23-2019, 01:40 PM   #8
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>> TeraCopy

Nope. No bells jingling.

   
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Thanks...I'll post back if I find something useful...'-}}


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Old 04-28-2019, 11:05 AM   #10
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I have been using TeraCopy for years. Not sure it is actually faster, but it is smarter about dealing with duplicate files.
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