If you’ve been using Windows 8 as your primary computer, you’ve definitely noticed how much faster it is to copy files and how much better the user interface is. Finally, Microsoft chose to overhaul several of the OS’s essential functionalities, making Windows 8 significantly better than Windows 7…at times.
Unfortunately, the dual desktop and Start Screen interfaces have crippled Windows 8, despite all of the fantastic improved security and upgrades to core functionality. I went back to Windows 7 because I was annoyed with the Start Screen and the lack of a Start button. However, now that I’m back on Windows 7, I don’t have access to Windows 8’s newer, more dependable copying features.
Windows 8 not only performs better than prior operating systems, but it also resolves file conflicts and other issues far better. The finest element is that copy operations may be paused and resumed, which is quite beneficial.
But, until Microsoft fixes Windows 8 properly, I’m sticking with Windows 7, which means I’ll have to rely on third-party tools to copy vast amounts of data. I’ll go over some of the greatest file copying applications for Windows in this post. Some programmes are better than others based on your copying requirements. There is no such thing as the “best” copying programme.
Rather than listing them in alphabetical order, which isn’t very helpful, I’m going to categorise them into four categories: quickest (local), fastest (network), handling corrupted data, and most features.
Many people have tried FastCopy, and the results reveal that it is by far the fastest copying tool for Windows. This application is the best if you only need raw speed.
Pros: quick copying, shell integration, x64 capabilities, operates without installation, strong command line support, NSA file wiping application for secure deletion, handles long paths well, ability to check which files/folders would be affected before running using the listing button
Cons: The interface is quite basic and unintuitive; you can’t pause a transfer, and uninstalling is difficult.
2. ExtremeCopy Standard
ExtremeCopy Standard is a free programme that does an excellent job of transferring local data quickly. It’s bad for network transfers for whatever reason, so don’t bother installing it if you need to send files across your LAN. It outperforms TeraCopy and comes close to FastCopy.
Pros: quickly copies data, integrates with Explorer so you can copy and paste as you normally would, x64-bit version, ability to suspend copy operations
Cons: regular version has no user interface, except for options; unsuitable for network transfers; pro features are available for free in other copying programmes; programme must be installed to run.
When copying files, KillCopy has a horrifying UI, but it gets the job done quickly. It’s also quite ancient and hasn’t been updated in the same way that TeraCopy, UltraCopier, and other popular copy tools have.
Pros: ability to resume copying after a crash, parallel read/write, resolution options in case of problems or file conflicts, some performance increase options, amazing network performance when copying, ability to securely delete data before copying
Cons: ugliness of the UI, infrequent updates, and installation required to run.
1. RichCopy 4
This tool was developed internally by a Microsoft employee and wasn’t made available to the general public until years later. It’s a little out of date and hasn’t been updated since 2009, but it’s lightning quick when it comes to network transfers. However, it is extremely sluggish for local copying, so it should only be used for network transfers.
Pros: Fast network copying, parallel copying, pause and restart copying, ability to continue copying even if network connection is lost, and a simple UI.
Cons: hasn’t been updated in a long time, and copying locally is extremely slow.
2. KillCopy – KillCopy is just a tad slower than RichCopy when performing network transfers. Unfortunately, because of it’s horrible looks and lack of updates, it’s not that popular even though it’s very fast.
3. FastCopy – This is your best bet if you’re looking for one copying program to use on a regular basis. It’s not the fastest for network transfers, but it’s very close and since it’s the fastest for local transfers, it’s probably the best copying utility overall.
Although UltraCopier is quick, it is not its primary selling feature. It offers a pleasant user interface and numerous useful functions. Although development has slowed, it is still updated every 6 months or so.
Pros: works on both Linux and Mac, supports third-party plugins to increase functionality, start/stop copy, speed limit, copy list search, simple and clean UI.
Cons: While the speed is above average, it isn’t exceptional.
1. Unstoppable Copier
This is the only tool that can copy both enormous numbers of files and corrupt files. It’s slow compared to the other programmes in terms of copying speed, but that’s because it’s the most dependable of all copiers. Unstoppable Copier should be used if you have any data that you suspect is corrupt, such as data stored on a hard disc with faulty sectors or on a scratched CD or DVD.
Pros include the ability to recover data from faulty files while copying, batch mode, and a variety of data recovery options.
Cons: copying speed is really poor.
TeraCopy is the ideal option if you want a copier with more features and a more upscale appearance. It would be the best overall if its copying speeds were comparable to FastCopy, but they are only around average. All of the functionality and the great interface make up for it.
Pros: extremely good interface, fully integrated with Windows, works with Windows 8 x64, stop and start, ability to recover from failures, failed file list, and is constantly updated.
Cons: The speed of copying is barely mediocre.
Aside from the file copiers described above, there are a few other tools that can assist you in copying files in various ways. Here are a couple of my personal favourites.
XXCOPY is a command-line copier with no graphical user interface. If you know how to use the command line, you can employ over 230 command line switches to construct very precise copy operations that no other application can duplicate. Do you want to copy just files that are older than a given date, larger than a certain size, and have a specific word in their name? That’s something XXCOPY can handle.
Pros: extensive command-line options, compatibility with all Windows versions, and access to external network storage
Cons: you can only copy indefinitely, you can’t recover from errors, and you can’t halt and resume.
2. Beyond Compare
Another clever method for copying files is to just compare two folders and see what is different. This is how Beyond Compare functions. Even if it crashes in the middle or there’s a mistake, you can always run it again and it’ll copy over any remaining things because it’s comparing everything. However, this is the only programme that does not come with a free version, so you’ll have to pay $30 for it. However, a large number of programmers and IT professionals strongly recommend this tool.
There are a number of different file copying tools available, but it’s pointless to list them all because you’ll be better off using one from the list above. Let us know if you use a file copier that isn’t included above or if you prefer one over another in the comments. Enjoy!