Copying Files in Windows Explorer

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    Copying Files in Windows Explorer


    I have encountered a problem where I am trying to make copies of backups on external hard drives - ie I have one external hard drive that I am trying to copy stuff from, to another external hard drive that is connected to the same computer - there are quite a large numbers of files as this is mainly photos and videos, and to be efficient I am trying to do them in as big a chunks as possible (100GB+). This has worked on many occasions, but sometimes I get it where it just won't do the copy - it seems to think about it and then the copy screen comes up and then the green chart shows up for less than a second, goes to 100%, but nothing actually copies (rather than it taking a number of hours, what I would expect).

    Does anyone know why my computer may be doing this? I really don't want to spend the time copying groups of photos or sub folders as it will take ages!

    I am running Windows 10 Home 64 bit.

    Thanks, Craig
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  2. Posts : 42,480
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    You can try a dedicated copy tool e.g. Teracopy, Robocopy (command line + GUI), Fastcopy

    Depending on what you are attempting to do, it may be easier to copy a whole partition.

    Are you simply trying to create a duplicate of a backup drive, or something more specific?

    Sometimes copying can be a problem.

    Naturally you will have done some simple checks on the disks and the file system.

    If you do the same thing repeatedly, better to have a tool set up to do it for you than doing it by hand.
    Last edited by dalchina; 11 Apr 2023 at 00:13.
      My Computers

  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks Dalchina - Tercopy worked a treat!
      My Computer

  4. Posts : 42,480
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

      My Computers


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