August 24, 2010

A windows annoyance: Copying folders with thousands of files

Filed under: Windows 7,Windows XP — J. Abram barneck @ 11:46 am

Ok, so have you ever started to copy a folder from the network and had it crash on you? And the folder of course has hundreds of subfolders and thousands of files, so you have to copy it again.

Why doesn’t windows handle this better. Why don’t I get a nice prompt that says: The copy failed…do you want to try again?  Yes / No

If i drag the folder over again, it seems to copy everything and give me annoying prompts for whether I want to overwrite the folder and the prompts can be endless.

I know I could avoid this by zipping the directory first, but really, zipping 1.5 GB of thousands of files takes even longer.

Sorry to drop a complaint today, but restarting massive folder transfers seems like an area where Microsoft has really not put any effort.

I will say that on my Windows 7 64 bit box, the number of annoying prompts to copy and replace were far less if I checked the box to not copy, so that is a positive.



  1. Use the old school robocopy or the newer better RichCopy utility from Microsoft.


    Comment by iben rodriguez — August 24, 2010 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Iben.

      I am reading about it now.

      Comment by rhyous — August 24, 2010 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

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