Total Copier is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that gives you more control over file copy jobs on the operating system.
Copy jobs using built-in functionality on Windows PCs can be quite frustrating. There is no queue or batch functionality, jobs slow down to a crawl if you run more than one, there is no error log right away to find out which files did not copy correctly, and you cannot pause jobs, and those are just some of the issues that users may experience.
Total Copier is another program designed to improve copy processes on Windows. The free program does so in a number of ways.
Note: you may get a SmartScreen Filter popup during installation. If that is the case, click on the more info link and then on run anyway to continue with the installation.
Total Copier registers itself as the program to use when it comes to file copy jobs on Windows. It limits itself to copy jobs from one drive to another, and won't do anything if you copy files to a different location on the same drive.
If you copy files or folders to another drive, its copying window is shown instead of the default Windows copy dialog window.
The program generates the file list first, and will then copy the files to the destination. The dialog offers more options than the Windows dialog: you find options to pause and resume the job there for instance, and may check the pending, completed and erroneous jobs with a click on the down arrow icon in the interface.
This extended interface features a search as well to find files quickly, and options to change the sort order. The latter can be useful to move files up or down the priority ladder.
Depending on how you configure the program, you may add new jobs to the existing job while it is running. Total Copier keeps a log of all jobs for record keeping.
The program ships with a handful of extra options that you may find useful. First, it features an auto-resume feature that is designed to pick up copy jobs right where they stopped the last time. If the computer crashes during a job for instance, or if the Total Copier process is terminated, this feature will start the running copy job on the next start of the application automatically.
Another option that Total Copier ships with is to add running jobs to the pending list. This saves them there basically, so that you can resume them at a later point in time.
You find additional options to tweak the copy job in the settings. There you may change rename rules for old and new files, may change the buffer size, and configure the program to shut down, hibernate or sleep the PC after a job completes.
Multi-Clipboard is another feature that Total Copier ships with. It allows you to keep nine records in the Windows Clipboard instead of just one, and use shortcuts to save and paste the entries.
Total Copier took a long time to start copy jobs. I tested this on three machines, two running Windows 10, and one Windows 7, and it took way too long on all of them. I won't go as far as suggesting that this is a general problem with the latest version, but it sure looks like it.
Even adding just one or two files would have the program sit idly at "generating list" for minutes. The functionality that Total Copier provides is quite good though. It is unusable on the machines I tested it on, which is unfortunate.
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