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When copying a lot of files all from different locations to the same location, using Windows Explorer, Windows always creates multiple copy processes, slowing everything down.

How can I queue copy actions in Windows 7?

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I use teracopy for this.
Simply a much better than the default copy handler for windows.

And it handles file copies sequentially in stead of trying to multitask everything together resulting in NO performance.

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I haven't tried it on W7 yet but agree that teracopy is the dogs danglies. queues items, much more granular control over duplicates, reports any skips/failures, and all seamless as in overrides the default copy/paste mechanism so Ctrl+c/Ctrl+v still works. –  geocoin Jul 20 '09 at 15:30
I've tried it on win7 and I can confirm that is works smoothly. –  fretje Jul 20 '09 at 15:32
yeah, but Toucan will give you for free some features that you have to pay for with teracopy... –  djangofan Dec 28 '09 at 21:58
Teracopy works well for me on both 32 and 64 bit Windows 7. –  Darren Hall Dec 28 '09 at 22:41
Best program for anything after basic copying –  TheLQ Jul 30 '10 at 4:45

There's also Copy Handler (win32). http://www.copyhandler.com/ Free + Open source, multi language, tray operation, loads of options for filtering, threads, different buffer modes, display, file handling, start & resume on boot..

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For those addicted to (or just with a fondness for) the command line, there is always:


which is shipped "in the box" with Vista and Windows 7, too:


   ROBOCOPY     ::     Robust File Copy for Windows    

  Started : Mon Aug 01 21:50:48 2011

       Simple Usage :: ROBOCOPY source destination /MIR

             source :: Source Directory (drive:\path or \\server\share\path).
        destination :: Destination Dir  (drive:\path or \\server\share\path).
               /MIR :: Mirror a complete directory tree.

    For more usage information run ROBOCOPY /?    

****  /MIR can DELETE files as well as copy them !
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RoboCopy is great, but does it help with queued copying? –  george Dec 11 '11 at 9:47
You could queue multiple instances of RoboCopy for multiple copy operations. –  Richard Dec 12 '11 at 7:47
Do you mean queueing using a batch file or such? If so, can't you do that with any copy program? –  george Dec 15 '11 at 13:34
Yes, either with a batch file to carry out multiple copy operations in series or multiple instances of RoboCopy running from the command line if you wanted to do them in parallel (when copying from/to different sources and destinations for example). I think it would depend on whether we are talking about "one off" file copies or files which need copying regularly from one place to another. –  Richard Dec 15 '11 at 14:06

Total Commander

Copy Dialog

With the button F2 Queue, the selected files will be added to the last opened background transfer manager. This is useful to copy many big files one after the other, which is more efficient than multiple in parallel in the background.

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PerigeeCopy is a good, easy and powerful alternative: http://jstanley.pingerthinger.com/pscopy.html

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I'm updating the link to "MyFileQueue":


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Hi! Promoting your own products is fine if you disclose that, but could you maybe expand your answer a bit and explain how it solves the problem, how to use it, etc? –  slhck May 4 '12 at 14:17
I wrote the file queue program to help my colleagues and I to copy our large files between external hard drives. Using MyFileQueue we simply build a list of files in a queue using a file manager like interface, then when we've picked all the files we click the start button. MyFileQueue then runs through the queue one file at a time eliminating the USB bottleneck. There are a few other features such as runtime stats, pause/resume etc. Thanks for allowing me to share this information in your forum. Cheers, Steve –  Steven Ludmon May 17 '12 at 8:27

I use TeraCopy on all my Windows 7 machines.

TeraCopy is designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed. It skips bad files during the copying process, and then displays them at the end of the transfer so that you can see which ones need attention. TeraCopy can automatically check the copied files for errors by calculating their CRC checksum values. It also provides a lot more information about the files being copied than its Windows counterpart. TeraCopy integrates with Windows Explorer's right-click menu and can be set as the default copy handler.

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A very old utility is ffcopy and while it appears to be abandoned (last update 2007-03-08) it may suit your needs.

FF Copy is a tool that allows you to queue up file copy operations in Windows. Copy operations can be paused, stopped and resumed and will auto-resume in case of temporarily unavailable source/target.

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Why was this down voted? –  James Wong Sep 25 '14 at 6:34

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