Copying files and folders on the Windows operating system is an easy process. Users need to copy and paste, or drag and drop the folders in between the drives. However, the medium is not the only factor to decide the file transfer speed, because the Windows operating system itself deals with these operating. Although every Windows version is efficient enough to give adequate file transfer speed, the built-in function comes nowhere close to the third-party software when it comes to taking over operations.
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The xcopy command is a Command Prompt command used to copy one or more files or folders from one location to another location. With its many options and ability to copy entire directories, it's similar to, but much more powerful than, the copy command. The robocopy command is also similar but has even more options. See How to Open Command Prompt if you need help. Use the following syntax for the xcopy command:.
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Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It only takes a minute to sign up. Connect and share knowledge within a single location that is structured and easy to search. On Windows, I use TeraCopy for improved file copying.
Finally, Microsoft decided to revamp some of the core functions of the OS, which makes using Windows 8 so much better than Windows 7…sometimes. Unfortunately, even with all the great new security and updates to core features, Windows 8 has been hampered by the dual desktop and Start Screen interfaces. I personally switched back to Windows 7 because I find the Start Screen and lack of the Start button frustrating. However, back on Windows 7, I no longer have the new more-reliable copying functions of Windows 8.