Have you tried moving large files, e.g. lets say moving 5-6GB of movies from your laptop to your external hard drive??
I bet you have.

Have you noticed how ssllloowww (slow) Windows gets during this copy/move process?
I bet you surely have and its not pretty!!

win-copy

I wont dwell on why this happens, because its technical & not so interesting for the average user.

So what can be done? The answer lies in these two FREE software:

  1. TeraCopy
  2. FastCopy

Of course there are many more such software’s, but for now lets stick to these two.

TeraCopy

OS: Windows XP, Vista & 7

teracopy

This is a highly recommended software for all general End-Users. If I would have my way, I would bundle this as the default copying software along with all Windows OS.

This small, free utility that replaces the Windows Copy and does wonders as it does not use Windows System Cache to do the copy/move operations. This helps in speeding up copy/move, leaving you with a more responsive pc/laptop.

Click here to visit the website and try it for yourself and let me know your experience.

FastCopy

OS: Windows Servers OS any, XP, Vista & 7

fastcopy

Unfortunately, TeraCopy does not support Window Server OS. But worry not, as FastCopy is an excellent solution.

This is my favorite when it comes to Window Servers. FastCopy, is a small, standalone (so you can run it from a folder on your pc or USB/External drive), free utility with a very simple interface and can be used through CMD also.

The reason I would not recommend this for normal end-user usage is because performing the copy/move operation is a manual task, i.e. you have to copy paste the Source & Destination into FastCopy.

I personally use for moving my backup SQL database to my NAS. I’m taking about a single 50GB file !!

Using the traditional copy/move process, firstly the copy/move process would depend on Windows mood (mostly the mood is BAD, so no copy/move), and if it did, the process would take roughly 3-4hours plus a sulking, stubborn, psychedelic Server (and the same feelings are expressed by the users who call to complain).

Using FastCopy, the copy/move process was freed from using System Cache resulting in:

  • Faster copy/move.
    I could now copy/move that 50GB file in less than 1 hour and no system hiccups !!

Tip for system administrators
(advanced users too can modify the below to your requirement):

If you want to automate (batch file) the process of moving files large files to your NAS which is not part of the domain, first click here to read my blog on using “NET USE” with authentication, then follow the below script.

 

This is a sample batch file of how I use FastCopy:

 

REM ———————————START—————————————-

REM Created by Rohit R. Verlencar
REM
http://blog.verlencar.com
REM Copy/Moving Files using FastCopy in combination with NET USE

net use \\<destination servername or ip>  /user:<username> <password>

REM Creating a variable “datetime” and setting its value to the system time

echo %date%
datetime=%date%_%time%
datetime=%datetime: =_%
datetime=%datetime::=%
datetime=%datetime:/=_%
datetime=%datetime:.=_%

echo %datetime%

mkdir \%_datetime%">\%_datetime%">\%_datetime%">\\<destination servername or ip>\%_datetime%

REM Setting variable “folder” with the entire UNC path followed by the folder name

set folder=\\<destination servername or ip>\%datetime%

REM Using FastCopy command line parameters to copy the files
REM /to=”%folder%” where %folder% is the destination folder 
REM Please make sure the batch file is the same folder as FastCopy EXE

fastcopy.exe /cmd=force_copy "<source file>" /to="%folder%"

REM ———————————END—————————————-

 

Hope this has been helpful to you.

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