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Continue file-copying even if error occurs in Windows using an XCopy alternative replacement tool

by Gautam Jain (Conceptworld) on September 2nd, 2017

This post will show how to continue copying rest of the files even when error occurs. Also, you can skip same type of error so that you are not promoted each time. You can later review the log to learn why the error occurs. Although this is possible with Windows XCopy tool, you may not find it as flexible and as user friendly as Copywhiz.

While copying large number of files, we often see window pop up saying ‘An error occurred while copying’. Isn’t this very annoying? Wouldn’t it be great if instead of attending to every error message, you can skip that particular type of error during that file copy instance and continue with the rest of the copy.

Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it let’s you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • Using Xcopy

    Xcopy Source [Destination] /c command lets us to continue file-copying even if error occurs.

    Here is the command that is actually being used:

    xcopy Source [Destination] /c .

    For Ex: To copy files from ‘C:\t1’ to the folder ‘D:\Backup‘, by excluding the files with errors, the following command line will be used:

    xcopy “C:\t1 D:\Backup /c

    However, using Xcopy commands are not easy to use. System administrators may be able to use. But Xcopy is not for common users.

    Using Copywhiz:

    When copying files, Copywhiz does not stop on error. Instead it lets you retry or skip that particular file & proceed.

    See the below image for clarity:

    Also, if a file is locked (file-in-use), Copywhiz will wait until you unlock the file. In fact, Copywhiz will show you which program is using the file so that you can close the program in order to continue with file copy.

    If the disk is full, Copywhiz will show how much space you need to free in order to complete the operation successfully as shown below:

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

    Learn more about Copywhiz. Download the free trial from here.

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