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Yes, everyone knows Robocopy, the command line "Pro" version of Windows Explorer's built-in file transfer tool, which provides you with far more options for copying and moving folders. Except now, there's a great UI frontend for Robocopy -- RichCopy 4.0. This little Microsoft TechNet invention spares you the headache of learning, checking, and retyping command lines. Here are just a few of reasons why RichCopy is way better than the built-in Windows Explorer file transfer mechanisms:
Copy data on a regular schedule (e.g. copy files from your HD to an external disk every night)
Serialize disk access: optimize disk access for ATA based devices over USB.
Faster file transfers (in some cases) by avoiding the system buffer for file operations.
Copy files asynchronously by using multiple threads.
Configure time stamps, file size checks and security settings.
Besides, RichCopy is more resilient against slow connections or transfer errors. While it doesn't really make sense for copying one file or a smaller folder, it's essential if you're regularly moving bulks of data from one place to another.
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