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A Free Windows File Copy Alternative

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by Steve Wiseman on August 25, 2011 · 6 comments

in Backups,Free,Tools,Utility


If you have ever copied a large number of files on Windows, you know how frustrating it can be.

Sometimes a simple error can cancel a huge job.

Sometimes you might start a copy before leaving the office…only to find out that 10 minutes into it, Windows asks you if you want to replace a file.

Don’t even get me started with the estimated time to complete dialogs – totally worthless.

Found a solution – It is a free tool called TeraCopy.

The part I like about it is that it is lightweight, and it is only for copying files.

Nothing else.

You can easily access it from any folder or file. Right click, and send to TeraCopy…could not be easier:

Tera Copy Context Menu

What if you want to copy your files and then shutdown your system? You can easily tell TeraCopy to do that:

Tera Copy Complete Options

What about those replace or skip dialogs? You tell it what to do – without waiting 5 minutes for it to ask you:

Tera Copy Options

Even better, you can pause, and resume file copies. Can’t tell you how many times I wanted to do this to take the load off the network for a minute or two:

Tera Copy Main Window

This is an awesome little utility. Works on 2000 through Windows 7 x64.

You can download it from here:

TeraCopy Download Page

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chen Shen August 26, 2011 at 10:38 am

Great tool steve. Thanks for the tip. Just was looking for something like this. I always have a huge folder I want to copy over, and I am tired of waiting for Windows to calculate how long it will take to copy!

2 Jennifer Smathers August 26, 2011 at 10:39 am

Any idea if this copies permissions too? We have a need to have the Windows permissions copied with the folder

3 Steve Wiseman August 26, 2011 at 10:40 am

Hello Jennifer,

I dont’t think it copies the permissions. You are not the first one to ask either 🙂

The best way to do that right now is to use Robocopy with the /sec option.

4 Angus S-F August 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Unfortunately the blog article above doesn’t include the information that this is free for non-commercial use only.

A blog about system administration is clearly aimed at system admins, who are mostly commercial users. Please in the future note whether your “free” tools are free for personal use only or can be used in a commercial environment.

5 Steve Wiseman September 1, 2011 at 1:36 am

Very good point Angus, I did not notice that.

6 Wygwam September 1, 2011 at 8:59 am


In the same way, SuperCopier works very well and is totally free.
Moreover, you can control network usage…


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