Our guide to the best file-copying programs
Copying files in Windows isn’t just about pressing Ctrl+c and Ctrl+v. Andy Shaw compares five copying tools to Windows File Explorer
Teracopy | bit.ly/ter430 | ★★★★★ FEATURES ★★★★★ PERFORMANCE ★★★★ ★ EASE OF USE ★★★★★
Wh What we liked: Terteracopy is designed to speed up the process of moving files to, from and around your PC. In our tests we found that while it doesn’t accelerate the raw speed of transferring files in Windows 10, its clever interface streamlines the process. This means you’ll spend less time interacting with your PC before and after copying, particularly if you regularly copy files to and from the same places.
The software is designed for simplicity. Its interface looks sparse when you first launch the program, consisting of nothing more than an invitation to drag the files you want to copy straight into the window, and an empty progress bar.
Once you’ve dragged your source files across, the window expands, opening the Target tab. This is well laid out, with a browse button at the top. Alternatively, you can select a folder from one of the two lists below, with ‘ Favorites & recent’ on one side and ‘ File managers’ (which links to any folders that are open in an Explorer window) on the other. We were pleasantly surprised by how often this system placed the folder we needed at our fingertips.
You can set Teracopy to take over automatically whenever you copy files, although Teracopy’s speeds in our tests (99MB/S when copying large files and 55MB/S for small files) were slower than if we’d simply copied in Windows 10 ( 110MB/S for large files and 57MB/S for small). Speed isn’t the only consideration, though. If you do a lot of copying, Teracopy has a stack of other useful tools, from the ability to pause and resume copying tasks to finding and reporting damaged files.
How it can be improved: Performance isn’t the main selling point for any of the tools on test, because none of them could beat Windows 10’s file-copying speed. Rather than seeing this as a shortcoming, though, we should probably just be pleased that Microsoft now provides faster copying speeds as part of the operating system.