Copy Files Fast In Vista Using TeraCopy – Free

After the first of the year, I took pictures of everything in our home from furniture to underware and store the pictures on a thumb drive. I do this for insurance purposes and store the drive in my safety deposit box. This is the first year that I used a Vista box to transfer the files from my camera to the USB drive. Even with SP1 installed and all current patches and fixes in place, I noticed that the process seemed slow to me.

I decided to give TeraCopy a try and see if there was any difference in copy files over to the thumb drive. The photo’s I was moving were 166 pictures in .jpg format. By using TeraCopy it appeared to me that the transfer was completed in about 1/2 of the time it took for the normal Vista copy command. On the TeraCopy site it states that:

Copy your files faster and easier

TeraCopy is a compact program designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed, providing the user a lot of features:

  • Copy files faster. TeraCopy uses dynamically adjusted buffers to reduce seek times. Asynchronous copy speeds up file transfer between two physical hard drives.
  • Pause and resume file transfers. Pause copy process at any time to free up system resources and continue with a single click.
  • Error recovery. In case of copy error, TeraCopy will try several times and in the worse case just skips the file, not terminating the entire transfer.
  • Interactive file list. TeraCopy shows failed file transfers and lets you fix the problem and recopy only problem files.
  • Shell integration. TeraCopy can completely replace Explorer copy and move functions, allowing you work with files as usual.

Give TaraCopy a try and see what you think. Let us know your results.

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