The process of transferring files inside of Windows isn’t exactly intuitive. Many users complain about the lack of configuration and speed inside of the Windows Explorer file transfer utility. While this process has been steadily improving over the last few versions of Windows, I would not consider it to be up to par with what the average user requires just yet.
For many years, I have been an avid user of an application known as TeraCopy, a free file transfer utility that is more sophisticated than the Windows Explorer file transfer utility in almost every aspect; Notably, it utilizes technology that will speed up the heretofore painful process of large file transfers.
Is it right for you? Let’s take a look and find out!
You can download TeraCopy by heading over to Codesector.com and clicking on TeraCopy on the left-hand side. From there, you’ll be given the option to download the free version of the application or purchase the pro version. If you’re trying TeraCopy for the first time, I recommend downloading the free version prior to purchasing. Once downloaded, proceed through the installation process as normal.
You may notice during the installation process that there is an option to install a portable version of the program. If installed, you will be able to carry around TeraCopy on a flash drive and use it on any computer without manipulating files or settings on the host machine.
Features and Functionality
TeraCopy does a fantastic job at simplifying and speeding up the process of transferring large amounts of data. The app will log any errors it encounters during a transfer and display them after the transfer has been completed. You even have the ability to pause and resume file transfers at any point during the process.
TeraCopy uses dynamically adjusted buffers which results in decreased seek times during local file copying. For example, when you copy a file, your HDD will rapidly seek between the location of the file you are copying and the destination of the file. If the buffer size is modified so that your disk remains in the read and write positions for a longer amount of time, more data will be transferred at a faster rate. It is this feature that makes TeraCopy such a powerful tool and an excellent alternative to the default method of transferring files in Windows. However, this feature will not be very effective if using a solid state drive due to the fact that the location of data on the drive is irrelevant. If SSDs continue to gain popularity, this feature will ultimately become useless.
When a file transfer has been completed, TeraCopy has the ability to perform one of four actions: close itself, eject a drive, shutdown your computer, or have the files tested for potential corruption. These options are very handy in the event that you leave your computer alone to transfer a large quantity of files and prefer to let TeraCopy save you a bit of time when you return.
TeraCopy features a moderately extensive amount of preferences. These preferences are divided into four categories:
- Shell integration – Configure how TeraCopy interacts with the Windows shell
- File managers integration – Implement TeraCopy’s features into third-party file managers
- Misc – Tell TeraCopy whether or not to use system write cache, play a sound upon completion of a file transfer, and more
- Progress bar colors – Change the colors of the progress bar that is displayed during a file transfer
The majority of the options inside of TeraCopy are essentially just integration options for the Windows shell and other file managers. Otherwise, you don’t have the ability to configure too much. I would be delighted if TeraCopy consisted of more options pertaining to the interface. I know TeraCopy is a small and simple app, but I wouldn’t mind the ability to modify the layout.
TeraCopy’s interface is very simple and is easy on the eyes. However, certain aspects of TeraCopy’s layout seem like they might perplex a less advanced user. For example, the four buttons in between the source and target fields feature no explanation as to what they do unless the mouse cursor is hovering over them. I believe that if these options were displayed in the form of a drop-down menu, they would be far less confusing. I’m also not particularly fond of the fact that you have to open a context menu in order to define a target directory. I would much prefer a simple browse button.
TeraCopy is a fantastic application that won’t cost you a penny. However, if the free version of this app doesn’t satisfy your needs, a pro version is available for $19.95. The pro version of TeraCopy consists of the following features:
- Copy and move to favorite directories
- Save transfer logs as HTML and CSV files
- Select files with the same extension/folder
- Remove selected files from copy queue
There’s no doubt that TeraCopy is an extremely useful utility. It’s fast, easy to use, and free. While the app’s lack of UI configuration can be aggravating, the amount of time you can save during a single file transfer is almost impossible to turn down.
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