RichCopy is a free utility from Ken Tamaru of Microsoft. The tool was first developed in 2001 and has been updated regularly to keep pace with evolving needs. Worthy of note is that RichCopy is a multithreaded copying tool. That means that rather than copying one file at a time in serial order, RichCopy can open multiple threads simultaneously, allowing many files to be copied in parallel and cutting the total time required to complete the operation several times over. You can also pause and resume file copy operations, so if you lose network connectivity at any point, you can just pick up where you left off.
Of course, these are really just the simplest features of RichCopy. As the figure below shows, you also get a vast array of granular controls that allow you to customize all of those fancy aspects of your file copying —filtering files, saving attributes, adjusting cache size, and so on. If you regularly copy lots of files over the network or between various storage devices, these features will significantly ease your daily life.
For those of you like me who prefer the command line see the following about RoboCopy:
- Robocopy Syntax, Command Line Switches and Examples
- More Robocopy Examples
- How to Copy Files Multi-Threaded with Robocopy in Windows 7
- What is the Linux equivalent to robocopy?