Faster file copying, please

  Housten 12:47 27 Feb 2013

Good afternoon,

I wish to copy 2 or 3 folders on a frequent basis to USB drives as an additional backup because of the importance of the files – to my wife and I – of the data that the folders contain. I have tried experimenting with Windows 7 ‘Copy’ command, but it seems slow. Does anyone have any ideas of any faster programmes? I have looked for and found ‘Robocopy’ and one or two others, but I can not get how to use them, and so I would be very much appreciative if anyone who has a suggestion could also include where and how I can get hold of their suggestion, but as important is how and where I activate and use the programme. By that I mean does the programme operate from the desktop or do I have to get the ‘DOS’ command window to open, and use it from there. I have been running round in circles, and would very much appreciate any help or ideas anyone has.

Many thanks in advance.

  northumbria61 12:51 27 Feb 2013

Right click "Send To" works for me.

  Woolwell 12:52 27 Feb 2013

Synctoy works reasonably quickly.

  Woolwell 12:54 27 Feb 2013

ps the file copying speed depends on the size of the file(s), the speed of the connection (USB 2 or 3) and what else the pc is doing. Other programs are unlikely to faster than copy.

  Housten 17:40 27 Feb 2013

Good afternoon northumbria61 and Woolwell

I must apologise for not replying to you sooner! I have spent most of this afternoon - doing what my wife calls - playing!! I have not really found any faster programme or technique, so I will just be staying with what I know!!!

Many, many thanks for your replies; at least I know now that what I am doing is probably not the best, but there are not other programmes that are much better!

  Housten 11:02 28 Feb 2013

Good morning northumbria61 and Woolwell,

Just to show you how annoying my computer can be when I was doing various copying tests yesterday I was getting up to 1.5 MB as the transfer rate, but much of the time was about 700 - 750 KB. This morning I had to transfer some photos to a USB stick and I was getting 10.3 - 12.6 MB transfer rate. So I tried the two folders I was using yesterday and got 3.5 to 5.2 MB for one and 7.5 - 10.7 MB for the other. Talk about confusing! But I now have another problem, so I will open another thread.

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

iMac Pro review

Illustrator Charles Williams on how to create magazines and book covers

iMac Pro review

Les meilleures prises CPL (2018)