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Microsoft Making File Copying Better in Windows 8

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A more powerful way to do the drag and drop.

Windows 8 File Copying

One of the great things about GUI operating systems is dealing with file management. While some of us from the old days became pretty good at shuffling files around via the command line, seeing graphical representations of files and dragging and dropping them made things much faster and easier.

Microsoft has changes planned for the way Windows 8 handles the copying and moving of files. Microsoft cites add-ons TeraCopy, FastCopy, and Copy Handler as software it has looked at for file copying. The company found that less than 0.45 percent of Windows 7 PCs are running such software, but still sees it as

"We aren’t aiming to match the feature sets of these add-ons. We expect that there will be a vibrant market for third-party add-ons for a long time," wrote Alex Simons, Microsoft's director of program management, in the Windows 8 Blog. "Our focus is on improving the experience of the person who is doing high-volume copying with Explorer today, who would like more control, more insight into what’s going on while copying, and a cleaner, more streamlined experience."

Ever get stuck copying more than one file, or a set of files, thus collectively dividing up the available transfer speed available? That's no problem if you're not in a hurry to have a certain job finish before the other ones, but for when it's a problem, you'll be thankful that Microsoft has added a pause feature.

Windows 8 will also have an expanded file action window, where you can see a graph of the transfer and other details.

Microsoft is also revamping its file conflict function, which will show up to aid a user when he or she is copying or moving files to a destination with already-existing filenames.

 

Check out the video above for a visual demo.

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    applegetsmelaid , August 28, 2011 6:53 PM
    Someone at Microsoft has been using bittorrent clients ;) 
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    ginnai , August 28, 2011 6:14 PM
    It is a fairly minor element, but I do like what I see. Hopefully this is how hard they are working on the entire OS.
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    soccerdocks , August 28, 2011 6:28 PM
    The one thing that I want to make sure they add is that it will keep copying other files in the background when it detects duplicate file names.
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  • 23 Hide
    ginnai , August 28, 2011 6:14 PM
    It is a fairly minor element, but I do like what I see. Hopefully this is how hard they are working on the entire OS.
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    bison88 , August 28, 2011 6:16 PM
    Looks pretty cool. Can't wait to play with the Beta to see how it stacks up. I think many of us are just happy to see that Tablet Metro UI gig isn't some permanent interface.
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    andy5174 , August 28, 2011 6:17 PM
    Good idea! Now I can manage all of them in a single dialogue window.
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    robertito , August 28, 2011 6:20 PM
    I've always said it's the little things that matter most. At it's core any windows version will get the job done, its improvements in workflow and efficiency that, to most users, makes the biggest difference.
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    soccerdocks , August 28, 2011 6:28 PM
    The one thing that I want to make sure they add is that it will keep copying other files in the background when it detects duplicate file names.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , August 28, 2011 6:30 PM
    Well this idea seems okay so far,let's hope that when the operating system comes out it will be okay.
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    shak2300 , August 28, 2011 6:44 PM
    it look good, but i got 1 question why did it take them this long to make something as simple and merging the 2 copy windows together, you guys are sure slacking over there
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    applegetsmelaid , August 28, 2011 6:53 PM
    Someone at Microsoft has been using bittorrent clients ;) 
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    amk-aka-Phantom , August 28, 2011 6:59 PM
    DjEaZy... just copying from linux...


    Please, DO share what kind of distro you're using! Ubuntu and Debian don't have that, for one!
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    DSpider , August 28, 2011 7:18 PM
    Looks to me more like download manager... If anything, they copied from Mozilla.
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    zoemayne , August 28, 2011 7:21 PM
    no one here use terra copy? I have it installed one all my windows machines. This is no "breakthrough" they should of had this done for windows 7. I kinda expected it. It's stupid(extremely inefficient) when trying to copy/paste multiple items to/from the same destination.
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    MrBig55 , August 28, 2011 7:37 PM
    The first image is a total copy of Linux, but I like the other transfer Windows that shows performance over a select period of time. :-)
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    amk-aka-Phantom , August 28, 2011 7:38 PM
    Quote:
    linux already has a better similar copying feature than xp/7


    Whom are you trying to trick? I'm an Ubuntu user (11.04) and it does NOT have that or "better" feature.

    EDIT: Actually, I can't remember for sure and my mobo is in service right now, and no Ubuntu here. I therefore refrain from further arguing because my memory is betraying me xDD
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    leafblower29 , August 28, 2011 7:42 PM
    I hope we can view folders in multiple tabs in Windows 8.
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    malphas , August 28, 2011 7:44 PM
    robertitoI've always said it's the little things that matter most. At it's core any windows version will get the job done, its improvements in workflow and efficiency that, to most users, makes the biggest difference.

    Exactly, Microsoft should (and quite possibly already is) look at the most popular utilities used by "power users" e.g. Renamer, Terracopy, Daemontools, Notepad++, etc. and incorporate their features into the OS where applicable.
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    Anonymous , August 28, 2011 8:16 PM
    It's one of those things that wouldn't need improving if it was done reasonably well in the first place. Nothing's better than XP abruptly aborting an entire copy job if one file failed(not sure if Vista/7 do that anymore).

    They could just make a basic GUI for their own Robocopy utility, Robocopy actually does it right. Just pop up a quick dialog with some sane defaults corresponding to the Robocopy CLI switches, and let 'er rip.
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    Vladislaus , August 28, 2011 8:41 PM
    amk-aka-phantomPlease, DO share what kind of distro you're using! Ubuntu and Debian don't have that, for one!

    For years that gnome puts all transfers in a single window and has the ability to pause transfers and prioritize them.
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