Rich Copy File Transfer Software

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 23, 2009
Updated • May 15, 2017
Software, Windows software

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

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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:

  • Set thread count and cache size for transfers as well as process priorities
  • Set or remove file attributes automatically
  • Selecting specific errors to immediately stop the copying process
  • Include or exclude specific files from being copied specifying file names, file attributes and / or dates.
  • Running commands before and after the file transfer
  • Extensive file operating logging
  • Different file transfer modes and additional copying restrictions based on security, size or time stamps

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.

Closing Words

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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  1. huky said on September 12, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I am a ExtremeCopy big fan .

  2. Joe said on March 25, 2009 at 1:54 am

    I’ve been using KillCopy for years. I’ll test richcopy but killcopy would be tough to give up. It has autoresume even if either computer crashes and with the ‘standart’ skin shows the KB rate per second average of the d-load. I like the queuing feature in copyhandler but killcopy is so light weight I doubt either will win me over. Also it can replace the default copy feature so copy\paste use it instead of the Windows copy. Simple and very customizable.


  3. Anonymous said on March 24, 2009 at 6:04 pm

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    From the homepage:
    “Copy Handler is a free software for Windows systems, which allows you to take full control over the file copy and move operations. Program is highly customizable and fully integrates with the operating system. In addition, Copy Handler offers many advanced options such as task queuing, filtering files according to specific criteria, pausing and resuming copying files operations, changing the copying parameters on the fly and in many cases also offers a significant acceleration of the entire copying files”

  4. Anonymous said on March 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I didn’t know about File Transfer Softwares

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