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Windows 7: Quickest Way To Move 160GB?

14 Oct 2009   #1
rsvr85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Quickest Way To Move 160GB?

Hi all
Title says it all really!
I need to move 160GB from my internal hdd (C) to my external hdd (M). What's the quickest & most reliable way to do it?
I've tried to use robocopy in the command prompt and the GUI version of it but robocopy /E /MOVE C:\MyData M:\MyData doesn't execute as expected. In a dummy run (20GB) it missed an aweful lot of directories.


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14 Oct 2009   #2
AlexRD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rsvr85 View Post
Hi all
Title says it all really!
I need to move 160GB from my internal hdd (C) to my external hdd (M). What's the quickest & most reliable way to do it?
I've tried to use robocopy in the command prompt and the GUI version of it but robocopy /E /MOVE C:\MyData M:\MyData doesn't execute as expected. In a dummy run (20GB) it missing an aweful lot of directories out.
try TeraCopy
Its a program
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14 Oct 2009   #3
H2SO4

Win7x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rsvr85 View Post
Hi all
Title says it all really!
I need to move 160GB from my internal hdd (C) to my external hdd (M). What's the quickest & most reliable way to do it?
I've tried to use robocopy in the command prompt and the GUI version of it but robocopy /E /MOVE C:\MyData M:\MyData doesn't execute as expected. In a dummy run (20GB) it missing an aweful lot of directories out.
Robocopy 4TW.

It doesn't miss stuff. In this instance, it's possible that the account context doesn't have permissions to some of the source subdirs. Use the /v (verbose) switch to get more info.
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14 Oct 2009   #4
poin2

Windows7
 
 

I'd use TeraCopy. Stick with version 1.22 for now.

http://www.codesector.com/download.php

There's also RichCopy out there as essentially a more recent version of RoboCopy.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/m...t.aspx?pr=blog

But for basic moving I've found Teracopy most reliable and easy to use. The others can be helpful when you need to mirror/sync things up and do other more advanced uses.
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15 Oct 2009   #5
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

I like Tera Copy and the good news is that after a long hiatus, the developer has resumed work on the application. A new beta version was released in the past couple of days with minor changes, and hopefully active development will continue.

However, I've noticed that Windows 7 native copy function seems to copy faster than TeraCopy. I still use TeraCopy (latest beta version works best for me) because I prefer the informational popup it provides while copying is in progress, but hopefully, as development continues, the speed issue will be addressed and improved.
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15 Oct 2009   #6
H2SO4

Win7x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harpua View Post
I like Tera Copy and the good news is that after a long hiatus, the developer has resumed work on the application. A new beta version was released in the past couple of days with minor changes, and hopefully active development will continue.

However, I've noticed that Windows 7 native copy function seems to copy faster than TeraCopy. I still use TeraCopy (latest beta version works best for me) because I prefer the informational popup it provides while copying is in progress, but hopefully, as development continues, the speed issue will be addressed and improved.
These utilities are all just front-ends for one or the other of the in-built file copy mechanisms. Every scenario calls for a particular range of attributes:

- Is it multi-threaded? Multiple concurrent copy operations are A Good Thing.
- What's the "chunk" size? Different sizes produce different effects. Bigger is not always better.
- How granular is the control over what to copy?
- Logging? How verbose?
- Scriptable? Easily?
- Robust - can it recover from unanticipated transients or at least report them?
... and so on.

None of these utilities implement some magically new method, but the multi-threaded ones (robocopy, richcopy) will have the performance edge, everything else being equal. Robocopy is highly configurable and scriptable. Richcopy is simpler and easier to use.

Cut'n'paste is the one method which should be avoided for massive transfers. It relies on the clipboard and that introduces extra complexity which cannot hope to match the throughput of the other mechanisms. The copy/xcopy commands are somewhere in between - devoid of the shell "chattiness" overhead inherent in drag'n'drop and cut'n'paste, but single-threaded and therefore not as fast in many cases.

For outright speed: ROBOCOPY <source> <dest> *.* /E /MT:8
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15 Oct 2009   #7
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Create a TAR ball, copy it to location you want and then extract the tarball giving you all data and directory structure the way it was on original machine.

You can further reduce size by compressing it before transmission and then de-compress before extracting it.

Do a little searching on Google related to TAR balls and it will be easy.
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15 Oct 2009   #8
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Bob, correct me here if Im wrong, but TAR isnt a windows file ... its Linux...
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15 Oct 2009   #9
EarlZ

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RTM
 
 

How about the good old copy and paste method ??
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15 Oct 2009   #10
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

If it's a one-time movement of the data it hardly seems worthwhile to DL and install a 3rd party tool to do it, a simple drag and drop within Windows Explorer will accomplish what you want. However, if it's something you need to do on a regular basis then it makes sense to find a faster method.

How your external HDD is attached (USB, FireWire, eSata, etc.) will have a greater impact on how fast the data is moved than the copy method.
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