RichCopy: for when Robocopy just won’t hack it for big files over the network…

If, like me, you need to copy large amounts of data across a network (usually in my case video files), then usually you will find that Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V just can’t hack it: I frequently get network errors, slowdowns and it can be a struggle.

For sometime I have used the command line command ROBOCOPY (see HERE and HERE) in a series of batchfiles run on timers to make hourly backups of my dropbox, storing the latest versions on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) Server, and them all being backed up by CrashPlan. This is fine for scheduled work like these, but for the copying of given directories, it’s tedious as I have to make a new batchfile, edit it and run it in a cmd prompt. The robocopy spell currently is use is:

robocopy <source> <destination> /R:0 /E /W:5 /FFT /COPY:DT /XO /XD $RECYCLE.BIN "#RECYCLE BIN" .dropbox.cache

where if I am copying a whole directory, I omit the trailing slash on either source or destination and enclose the path in quotes if there is a space in the path ie “C:\Users\Simon\My Documents\backup folder”

A Microsoft Tech has written a graphical utility which has the power of ROBOCOPY in window, and it is called RichCopy. It’s free and it works

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As you can see, it has lots of options to mimic my complex ROBOCOPY spell and works really well. A good tool to have on the desktop. You can save spells you use frequently,  but I haven’t found an easy way to run it automatically from a batch file so some ROBOCOPYing will still need to be done on the network.

More information on RichCopy can be found here on TechNet