Enhance Windows file operations

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 12, 2007
Updated • Oct 17, 2015
Windows, Windows tips

Windows file operations like copying or moving files are displayed in a basic window with no option to improve what is being displayed at all. This can be really tiresome if you copy hundreds of files only to realize that the operation was terminated somewhere in the middle. There is no possibility to resume transfers as well and no list showing all file operations including their status.

Update: Things have improved in newer versions of the Windows operating system. The dialog offers additional information and won't just quit on you if something goes wrong. While that is the case, Copy Handler is still compatible with all recent versions of the Windows operating system, and since it offers more than just copying and moving files, may still be worth a try.

Copy Handler replaces and enhances copy and move operations in Windows by replacing the native software with an advanced version. This is done by registering the shell extension dll once which has the effect that all move and copy commands are performed by Copy Handler from that moment on.

The author claims that it can speed up file transfers between different partitions of the same physical hard drive by a factor of 6 which is probably a bit to much. A speed difference is visible nevertheless.

The default Copy Handler window lists all file transfers with information such as filename, source, destination and status.When you select a file you get additional information displayed about it including the current transfer speed, buffer size or the full file path.

Buttons give you the option to resume, cancel, restart or pause transfers which is great if only a few of the transfers were interrupted. Instead of transferring all files again you only need to select the incomplete ones and click on resume.

The configuration lists an extensive number of settings that can be changed. The system can be shutdown after file transfers, buffer sizes can be changed as well as windows and information that are displayed.

The newest version of the program adds several interesting options to it that were not there before. You can for instance configure auto-resume now, customize buffer sizes and thread priorities, or restart unfinished operations on the next system start.

Copy Handler is compatible with all recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Both a stable version and a preview version can be downloaded from the developer's website.

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  1. Thinker said on September 13, 2007 at 9:42 am

    I use TeraCopy and I’m fully happy with it.
    Anyway for me such kind of application is a must. It can speed up few times copy speed.

  2. Jesse said on September 12, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    I personally prefer teracopy, but I would switch if this has a smaller footprint. Does anyone know???

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