Rich Copy is a free file transfer software for Microsoft Windows created by Microsoft employee Ken Tamaru as an alternative to RoboCopy.
Transferring files from one location to another can be a time consuming task in the Windows operating system. The speed of the transfer depends mainly on the hardware of the computer system, and there especially the speed of the hard drives involved, but system memory, cpu and which storage interface the devices are using play a role as well. Also, whether the PC is idle at the time, or crunching numbers like crazy.
Windows itself does however add at least one limiting factor to the equation: Sequential file transfers. This means that all files are transferred to their new location one after the other which can bring down the transfer speed tremendously.
Rich Copy is a file transfer software that has been in internal use by Microsoft for quite some time. The developer has made it available for public use now.
The file transfer software program adds many new features to Windows Explorer file transfers including parallel transfers (also called multi-threaded transfers), pausing and resuming the file copying process and a plethora of additional options.
The main difference between Rich Copy and third party tools like TeraCopy is the missing Windows Explorer integration of Rich Copy. It is an external file transfer program with an unbelievable set of options. To name a few of the advanced options that are available:
Rich Copy has been primarily been designed to speed up file operations, but also give more control to file transfers in the Windows operating system.
It may take a while until you find the best settings for your setup, especially since you can make so many changes to the process that you will spend quite some time finetuning it if you want. That does not mean that the defaults are not working as well, but if you want maximum performance, you will have to set aside some time to test various configurations.
Rich Copy is an impressive file transfer software for Windows. It is free, ships with a truckload of settings and preferences to tinker with, and supports all the necessary functions such as file verification, duplicate handling, filters, and a lot more.
Users who simply want to speed up the original Windows Explorer copying process are better of using file transfer software like Teracopy or Fast Copy which integrates itself nicely into Windows Explorer and replaces the original file transfer dialog.
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