Use TeraCopy to copy files faster than Explorer

If you regularly copy files between the computer and an external USB disk drive, a networked drive like NAS, or another PC on the network, you may find that it slow and occasionally problematic.

Instead of using Explorer in Windows to copy files from one place to another, you might want to take a look at TeraCopy, a free utility that offers many advantages to the normal copy procedure.

One of the claimed advantages of using TeraCopy to copy files is its speed and it is said to outperform Explorer when copying files. When copying 100 MB of files from the internal disk to a NAS (network attached storage) I didn’t see much of a speed difference though. There wasn’t much difference when copying to another folder on the internal disk drive either.

Perhaps a larger number of files is needed, or a faster network – mine may have been swamped by the network traffic and couldn’t go any faster.

This was a slight disappointment, but speed is not the only benefit of TeraCopy  and there are many other advantages. For example, there is the option to shut down the computer when the last file has been transferred.

 TeraCopy for Windows

This is useful if you want to back up several gigabytes of files from the PC’s disk to an external disk or network location at the end of the day, or to copy files from an external disk or network location to the PC. You can set the copy task running and then walk away, and you don’t have to sit there watching an Explorer progress bar creep across the screen until it has finished so that you can switch off the computer.

Another advantage of Teracopy is that files can be tested after being copied to make sure that they are perfect and not corrupted in any way. Transferring lots of files or large files over a flakey network can cause errors, but TeraCopy should catch them.

Files can be moved instead of copied and in this case you really do need TeraCopy’s option to verify that the files are OK. It performs a CRC (a type of checksum) to ensure that the files are OK.

Sometimes when reading files an error can occur or there might be a conflict, such as a file in the destination location that has the same name. You can choose what happens in case of errors before starting the copy operation, which is great for unattended copies.

 TeraCopy super fast file copier

When using Explorer, it will stop at the first sign of a problem and wait for you to choose an action, then stop at the next problem and wait again, but TeraCopy can continue to the end using simple rules. For example, you can choose to overwrite all files at the destination, overwrite only older files, skip all, rename all or resume all.

TeraCopy is a useful tool and it can be installed in portable mode, which means that the folder can be stored anywhere, even on a USB memory stick. This is great and it enables it to be carried in your pocket and used on any computer.

Title: Teracopy
Price: Free
Developer: Code Sector
Size: 2.5MB



  1. Does it gives you the feature of multi threaded file transfer? If not then how will it increase the file transfer speed. Queuing and other features listed are provided by the default one too. Many people dont know much about teracopy and just install. In my case it slowed the transfer speed to almost 50%. Then my friend suggested me to use GS Richcopy 360 which really helped me very much. Its 100% multi threaded file transfer made the file transfer really fast. Many people don’t know about these things and just install teracopy hoping situation will get better but it doesn’t. Consider moving on from teracopy. Thanks!

    • GS RichCopy 360 looks good and if money is not a problem then get it. However, I would guess that few people want to spend $49.99 just to speed up occasional file transfers. You can get TeraCopy for free.

  2. “””Nothing against TeraCopy, but if you are getting corrupted file copies when using Windows to copy files, you likely have a serious hardware or software problem.

    Millions of people rely on Windows to copy files; if there was a bug in copying files within Windows, it would be well known by now…
    currently i use GS richcopy 360 enterprise which has features like copying long file path names, copying NTFS file permissions and is not too costly””

  3. i am looking for a utility that will let me back up the files before overwriting them with my selection. example: file_a.txt will be renamed to file_a.txt.bu001

  4. Hi,
    Even if millions users are ok, it doesn’t mean that nobodoby have corrupted files with Windows explorer. It happens sometime, I can assure you. Rarely in the habitual way of use while copying 2 or 3 files, but while transfering hundreds of Go or To, then it hapens currently. The Windows explorer is basic and does poor job, everyone knows it.
    For me, using Teracopy is faster with usb, and a great security. And for free ! So please respect it, it’s very usefull for people.
    Don’t use it if you are sure that you’ll never obtain corrupted files with your beloved Windows explorer, but I’m afraid that one day or another you’ll cry and regret it badly, as I did in the past…
    And Roland is right on another point : maybe GS360 rich copy and others are far better than TeraCopy, but except for professional use, nobody will pay 50 bucks for copying files !
    Thanks Roland fot this article.

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