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[within a LAN, using Windows]
Say you want to transfer a 1GB file from one PC to another. While it's transferring, there are other big files you would like to transfer. If you start the new transfers, all transfers slow down big time. However, you don't have time to wait until the first transfer is done, but you want to save time by scheduling the transfers one by one.

Any software that manages transfers, so that once one is done, the next is ready to go...and you can add additional transfers to the wait list?

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yes...both links are related...it would be good if someone with points could modify those posts and add 'file-transfer' tags... –  eych Dec 11 '09 at 14:47
@eych: Ok, done. Also added [Windows] to this one ;-) –  fretje Dec 11 '09 at 14:54

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You're looking for TeraCopy:

TeraCopy is a compact program designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed, providing the user a lot of features:

  • Copy files faster. TeraCopy uses dynamically adjusted buffers to reduce seek times. Asynchronous copy speeds up file transfer between two physical hard drives.
  • Pause and resume file transfers. Pause copy process at any time to free up system resources and continue with a single click.
  • Error recovery. In case of copy error, TeraCopy will try several times and in the worse case just skips the file, not terminating the entire transfer.
  • Interactive file list. TeraCopy shows failed file transfers and lets you fix the problem and recopy only problem files.
  • Shell integration. TeraCopy can completely replace Explorer copy and move functions, allowing you work with files as usual.
  • Full Unicode support.
  • Windows 7 x64 support.
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SpeedCommander also had an option to handle file-operations with a queue (instead of parallel) and is IMHO the best file-mgr around ;)

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You can also use FileZilla. Both server and client versions exist and run under Windows. And it is FREE, and OpenSource ! It also supports file transfer resume, and can have multiple transfers at once. I use it every day on my Linux servers as well.

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how do you setup FileZilla to transfer files between local LAN machines? [no FTP] –  eych Dec 11 '09 at 18:06
You install FileZilla Server on one machine, and the client on the other one. The server and client can go to any of the two machine, just remember that the sessions are started by the client one. Both are available as simple EXE files that can be setup under Windows. www.portableapps.com even has a portable version of the client portion, which does not even need to be installed before use. All you need ot know is the IP address of the server machine, so you can contact it form the client machine. –  jfmessier Dec 12 '09 at 17:49

I use a batch file with robocopy.

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