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Windows 8 to improve file transfer experience

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 24 Aug 2011 14:09 User comments (14)

Windows 8 to improve file transfer experience If you have ever gotten frustrated with the file transfer dialog in Windows, you should be happy to find out it is getting some long overdue improvements in Windows 8.
The dialog which appears when you copy or move files is arguably one of the least useful parts of Windows. It estimates time remaining for a transfer operation which is completely unreliable. On top of that, if you start multiple move or copy operations each one opens a separate dialog.

Perhaps worst of all, there is no pause option. If you want to temporarily stop a transfer and then resume where you left off, you are out of luck.

The new dialog for Windows 8, which was revealed by Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky, looks to address all those issues.

The basic dialog will combine all ongoing file copy or move operations in a single window, adding pause and resume buttons for each.

Rather than predicting how much time is remaining, which often varies from one second to another in the current dialog, it simply lists the completion percentage.



Using the More details button, you will be able to get those estimates, as well as transfer speed and how many items (files or folders) remain to be moved or copied.



Finally, there will be improvements to handling conflicts between source and destination filenames. In Windows 7 you already have the option to rename files which duplicate filenames in the destination folder.



Unfortunately those options can't be conveniently set before Windows starts writing the files to the new location. If, for example, you are copying 500 pictures, you might have to sit and watch the entire process to skip a few duplicates.

In Windows 8 you will be able to specify how to handle each conflict individually when the process begins.

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14 user comments

124.8.2011 14:33

This was obviously a feature that just could not be fitted in existing Windows 7 or Vista operating systems.

224.8.2011 15:05

Well, thats good. won't have to install Teracopy...


:/

324.8.2011 15:34

Originally posted by xbkrypt0n:
This was obviously a feature that just could not be fitted in existing Windows 7 or Vista operating systems.
The bottom line for Microsoft is it's all about pushing a new OS every 3 years to sell software assurance volume licenses. New features like this, no matter how easy they are to put into existing operating systems, will be saved for the next one.

Rich Fiscus
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424.8.2011 15:36

Awesome! Glad to see M$ finally got around to actually improving user experience on their system.

524.8.2011 17:12

isn't there a app for this?


Being nice always has its own consequences

624.8.2011 17:49

Originally posted by NHS2008:
Well, thats good. won't have to install Teracopy...
I will wait till I see it in person before I decide to drop TeraCopy or not.

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724.8.2011 19:42

It be nice if Microsoft can make a patch for this applicable for XP, Vista & W7 users...

824.8.2011 20:55

Originally posted by NHS2008:
Well, thats good. won't have to install Teracopy...
Terracopy will still probably work better... lol

924.8.2011 22:49

Originally posted by Hyasuma:
isn't there a app for this?
yes microsoft released richcopy install that & teracopy & your fully covered

1024.8.2011 23:05

Not sure why but XP use to copy files a lot faster then Vista and Win7. Having dual boot systems coping huge amount of files GB's worth a few minutes on XP, reboot into either Vista or Win7, usualy an hour or more. This is what i've seen from my experience.

Thanks for those pointing Tere and Rich copy, will need to check them out.


1124.8.2011 23:05

Not sure why but XP use to copy files a lot faster then Vista and Win7. Having dual boot systems coping huge amount of files GB's worth a few minutes on XP, reboot into either Vista or Win7, usualy an hour or more. This is what i've seen from my experience.

Thanks for those pointing Tere and Rich copy, will need to check them out.


1225.8.2011 0:01

XP copied faster because it didn't take 5 minutes deciding if it is safe to copy before it started copying. That is one thing microsoft really needs to fix...a lousy two-minute file copy takes twice as long because windows wants to re-index every file.

Another big problem is with the size prediction...I have a 16GB flash drive with 10GB of files on it. I want to copy 12GB of files onto the drive, overwriting most of the 10GB so there is 12.5GB total. Windows won't let me do it...it says there is not enough room even though there is. Now I have to delete everything but the .5GB I didn't want to overwrite before doing the copy...and then before it starts to copy, it takes 10 minutes to decide if there is space to copy a folder.



1325.8.2011 1:43

Originally posted by SomeBozo:
Not sure why but XP use to copy files a lot faster then Vista and Win7. Having dual boot systems coping huge amount of files GB's worth a few minutes on XP, reboot into either Vista or Win7, usualy an hour or more. This is what i've seen from my experience.

Thanks for those pointing Tere and Rich copy, will need to check them out.

XP is generally faster at copying between local drives, but I have noticed Win7 is a little faster w/ USB drives. I still have XP on a multi-boot system and often feel very refreshed using it after frustrating myself w/ Win7 for long periods of time.

1425.8.2011 12:42

Those are some pretty damn slow HD's in the examples above.
8MB/Sec?

Terracopy does a much better job.


Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

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