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recommend a file copy utility

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Green_Manelishi, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. I need to copy a great number of files/folders from one drive to another. A backup will (probably) not work because it will preserve the root folder/file name and I want to copy the files/folders to a different folder name on the different drive. I hope that all made sense. Windows GUI copy will take too long. Any recommendations?
  2. builtin command line xcopy? google it

  3. prism

    prism more ammo

    Sep 26, 2002
    backup and then rename the folder ?
  4. mgo


    Aug 9, 2010
    Robocopy is already on board Vista and Windows 7. It is wicked fast, but instructions are horribly geeky.

    Here's a batch file that I use:

    robocopy "D:\Documents" "E:\documents backup folder on the ultra bay drive" /mir

    Simply insert your own source and destination between the quotes and save as a .bat, instead of a text file. Right click the batch file and run as Admin.

    "/mir" tells the program to mirror the folders, and to delete files that do not exist on the destination.

    It automatically runs out of the command prompt. (cmd)
  5. JimmyN


    Sep 29, 2006
    You can get a GUI frontend for Robocopy at Microsoft Technet. Makes it much easier for those that don't care for CLI or batch files.

    I use Teracopy, I prefer it over Robocopy.
  6. Thanks all. I downloaded Teracopy and it seems to work fine. Will also try out RoboCopy. It's times like these I wish my PC ran OpenVMS.
  7. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    I am a Robocopy 'Geek' and have used it for WAN replication in the past... much better than MS's DFSR!

    BUT... I just found out about RichCopy. It's multiprocessor away, and a little faster than Robocopy.

    Here is a nice article on RichCopy

    Working great for me under Windows 7... Might be worth a look. Launches and closes from a command line too!