While you probably do not think much about copy diodes in Windows, it can be arguably better in some ways. It’s not always fast when you copy a large number of files. And before Windows 7 and earlier, the whole process stops and waits for your input if there is a conflict or other error.
Thankfully, Windows 10 does not have this problem. But you can still speed up copy files in Windows by other means. Let’s take a look at some of them.
1. Master Fast File Copy Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to work almost any software efficiently, and File Explorer is no exception. To copy and move the original file, you should get some general keyboard shortcuts below your belt.
The most important original cut, copy and paste operations are:
Press Ctrl + X to cut a file. This takes the file to your clipboard so that you can paste it in another location. When pasted, a cut file is removed from the original location.
Use Ctrl + C to copy instead. After copying, copying is the same as the rest of the original file.
Ctrl + V is a shortcut to paste. Use it to move a cut file or make another example of the file copied in a new location.
These are not the only file explorer keyboard shortcuts you should know. Use Ctrl + Shift + N to quickly create a new folder to insert your copied files. Alt + Left / Right will let you move in the previous and next folder respectively. Use Alt + Up to jump to a level in your folder hierarchy.
2. Know the mouse shortcuts, lots
If you prefer to use a mouse, there are not many tricks to easily copy and paste. But you can use some tricks.
Hold down the Ctrl and click on several files to choose all of them, no matter who the page is on. To select multiple files in one line, click on the first one, then hold Shift while the last click. This allows you to easily choose to copy or cut a large number of files.
In general, clicking and dragging files with the left mouse button will move them to the new location (similar to cutting and pasting). However, if you click instead and drag them with the right mouse button instead, you will see a little menu. This allows you to choose whether to copy or move files; If you do not want to use keyboard shortcuts for any reason, it is easy.
3. Use Windows 10
We had earlier mentioned that Windows 8 and Windows 10 have a much better copy interface than Windows 7 and earlier. It is fast and offers a graph showing the speed over time.
Even better, if you copy many files at once, then combines everything together so you do not have many windows float. You can stop individual processes and start again, so that you can prioritize an operation or you can stop a long transfer while using your computer for something else.
And best, the copy dialog in Windows 10 will not be completely closed if there is a conflict in the operation. It continues and when you return, you answer. It’s better to go away for some time, to return only and to find out that the operation lasted ten seconds.
Microsoft will say goodbye to Windows 7 in 2020. If you are still using Windows 7, now there is a good time to upgrade to Windows 10 and do all kinds of improvements like this.
4. Try TeraCopy
All the above are quite simple ways to speed up your copying in Windows 10. To go ahead, you should install a dedicated copy application. One of the most popular is the free TeraCopy.
This app goes a lot in comparison to the offer of Windows. It uses special algorithms to speed up the copying process. The app can verify copied files to make sure that they are 100% identical. And if you often drag and drop files by mistake, you can enable a confirmation dialog to make sure that you are actually to do this.
There are some other touches in TeraCopy which make it more polished. If you want, you can integrate the app with the file explorer so that all Copy / Paste operations by using Terascopy by default. It also keeps the original date and time information for copied files.
Of course, the software also wisely skips problematic files and lets you review them later instead of freeing the entire operation. Overall, this is a great tool for people who often copy files.
5. Get Geeky with Robocopy
If you are not supposed to dig the brain at the command prompt, you can use an easy-to-build tool called robocopy (abbreviated to robot file copy). While the average users do not need to worry about it, it provides more power for advanced users who need to run complex file copy operations.