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

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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.

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