Windows default file copy dialog box offers little control over file copy and transfer operations. While the majority of users wouldn’t give a damn, people whose computers regularly freeze up while moving large number of files between disks will rejoice at the availability of alternative file copiers.
If you have heard about file copy programs, you must have also heard about TeraCopy. It is the most recommended Windows alternative file copy program. But TeraCopy isn’t the only Windows copy program and it’s certainly not the best. TeraCopy is a good program, but if you compare it with other file copy programs, TeraCopy’s drawbacks become obvious.
What TeraCopy lacks
- Cannot shuffle or reorder the queue
- Cannot remove files from the copy queue (only in Pro version)
- No speed control
- No buffer size control
- No filtering options (limited filtering in Pro version)
Instead, I recommend you these three alternative file copy programs. All of them are free.
SuperCopier integrates with Windows shell and replaces Windows explorer file copy. It automatically launches when you try to copy and paste files using the Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V shortcuts or the Windows context menu. A program icon on the system tray also lets you start a file copy/move operation, cancel an operation or temporarily deactivate the program so that the default Windows file copier can take over.
- Pause and resume file copy/move operation
- Configure default destination for file copy/move operations
- Limit speed of the operation
- Set default action to take when file collision occurs, i.e. when SuperCopier finds files with the same name
- Set rules for file renaming (when collision occurs)
- Copy or do not copy file attributes and file security settings
- Set buffer size
- Edit file queue
- Save file queue for later
FastCopy employs two different file transfer methods based on whether the source and destination directories are in the same or different hard disk. If both are on different disk drives, reading and writing are processed respectively in parallel by separate threads. If both source and destination are on the same disk drive reading is processed until the buffer is filled, and then writing is started and processed in bulk.
Because Reading/Writing are processed with no operating system cache, other applications tends to remain unaffected. According to the developers, FastCopy can achieve Reading/Writing performance that is close to device limit. Although my test doesn’t say so, it is invariably faster than Windows default.
To copy or move files using FastCopy you have to open the program and select the source and destination folders. But a better way is to simply drag and drop files and folders into the source field.
- Set buffer size
- Ability to ignore file errors when copying
- Speed control by percentage
- Secure wipe and delete
- Copy Access Control List (ACL) and Alternate Stream for NTFS partitions
- Basic filtering options that enables you to include or exclude files by Date or Size and matching string in file name.
- No file queue management
UltraCopier is a cross-platform file copy program that is available for Windows, Linux and OS X. By looks and functionality it is similar to SuperCopier. To transfer files, start a new file transfer operation and then drag and drop files into the file queue.
- Pause and resume the copy
- Show speed and apply speed limitation
- Copy list can be edited during the copy
- File Collision management (overwrite, skip, cancel or rename)
- Error management (retry where it block, skip, cancel put at the end of the list)
- Resume the copy where it have stop if error occurred
- Set file copy block size
For small file copy jobs you will probably not going to get a lot out of these programs. However, if you copy enormous number of files amounting to several hundred megabytes and gigabytes in size that tend to degrade computer performance by locking up the hard disk, the above programs offer the solution.