Preview files to be copied in Windows using a Robocopy alternative replacement tool

This post will tell you how to preview the list of files that will be copied, before actually copying them.

The importance of previewing files

We like to have a preview of our documents and images before sharing or printing them or even saving the edits made. Then why not have a preview of the list of files that will be copied on your system?

You could easily exclude or include certain files forgotten or those not required. This not only saves your time and efforts but also a lot of space on your system. You can also filter them according to their date, size etc.

In this article we will show you how this is possible using the Windows Robocopy tool and an alternative software Copywhiz, which does the same thing in a much user friendly manner.

What is Copywhiz?

Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets 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.
  • Steps to generate a file Preview

    Using Robocopy

    Robocopy Source [Destination] /L command displays a list of files that are to be copied.

    For Ex: To display a list of files that are to be copied from the folder “projects” to “backup”, the following command line will be used:

    Robocopy C:\projects d:\backup /L

    You can do this using Xcopy commands too. Check out this article

    However, these Robocopy commands are not straightforward. System administrators may be able to use. But Robocopy may be quite confusing for common users. Instead, let me show you an easier and faster method.

    Using Copywhiz

    1. Select files using Windows Explorer, right-click on them and choose Copywhiz->Copy from the menu as shown below :

    2. Go to the destination folder, right-click inside the folder and select Copywhiz–>Paste Advanced. The Advanced settings dialogue box will open.

    Advanced settings

    3. Click on the ” Preview” button located below in the right corner. The Preview Window will open

    Here is how the Copywhiz Preview Window will look like:

    All the files you selected will be listed down before you proceed with your file copy.

    Conclusion

    Copywhiz is an alternative that allows you to preview files before copying them and ensure that the right files are copied. This avoids mistakes and any incorrect files from being copied to make sure only the important files are copied. You can also use this feature to view the list of new & modified files in a folder.
    Thus you stay safe and confident.

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    Continue file-copying even if error occurs in Windows using a Robocopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will brief you on how to skip errors and also turn off error prompts while copying files in Windows.

    Frequent Error Pop-ups?

    When copying a large number of files, we often see a window pop up telling that an error occurred while copying. Isn’t this very annoying? Wouldn’t it be great if instead of attending to every error message, you could skip that particular type of error and continue copying.

    We will show you how this is possible with the Windows Robocopy tool and also an alternative software , Copywhiz.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets 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.
  • Replace Locked File On Reboot

    An image showing one of the features of Copywhiz

    Steps to continue file copy on error

    Using Robocopy

    Robocopy source destination [file [file]…] /r:n w:n command lets us to continue file-copying even if error occurs.
    ‘R’ is the retries on failed copies and ‘W’ is the waiting time between those retries. Also, n=the number of times of retry and waiting.

    For Ex: To copy contents of ‘C:\project’ to the folder ‘D:\Backup’, while continuing to copy on errors, the following command line will be used:

    Robocopy C:\project D:\Backup /R:0 W:0

    You can do this using Xcopy too. Here is the article.

    However, Robocopy commands are not really straightforward. System administrators may be able to use. But Robocopy is quite confusing for common users.

    Using Copywhiz

    Watch a short video that perfectly depicts this feature:

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

    See the image below for more clarity:

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

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

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    Show error log after copying files in Windows

    This post will tell you how to view error logs for your file copying process using Copywhiz.

    The need for an error log

    We all often encounter errors when copying our files in Windows. We at times don’t understand where the error is or what exactly is the error. An error log (record of critical errors) is therefore necessary in such situations. This lists all your errors so that you can track down the cause.

    Just use Copywhiz to do this.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets 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
    • Paste by date created or modified or accessed.
    • 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.

    Steps to show error log

    Watch a short video depicting this feature:

    1. Go to Advanced Settings after selecting your files in Copywhiz.
    2. Click on the “General” Tab which is next to the Filter Tab.
    3. By selecting the “Show log” option, all the errors will be instantly logged i.e., shown as a list.
    4. Click on ‘OK’ and Paste Now.

    Copywhiz helps you solve one more problem you frequently encounter: disk full. It will show you how much space is to be set free in order to continue your file copying without any worries.

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

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

    Have a good day.

    Thanks for staying with us :)

    Automatically rename source file on file name conflict when copying files in Windows

    This post will brief you on how to directly rename the file being copied when a file with same name already exists in the destination folder. This can be magically done using the tool Copywhiz.

    Getting an error pop up telling, “A file with the same name already exists” is really common in your daily file copying process. Changing the name manually is OK when there are limited files. This is however not practical with large number of files.

    You should therefore try Copywhiz that lets you automatically rename the file being copied or the destination file. You can do this while the files are being copied or pre-configure it so that you are not interrupted.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets 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
    • Paste by date created or modified or accessed.
    • 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.

    Steps to rename source file during file name conflict

    1. When an error message pops up, click on the Advanced Settings option of Copywhiz.
    2. Click on the ‘General’ Tab which is next to the Filter Tab.
    3. Under the File Replace options, select ‘Rename Source file’.
    4. Click on OK and Paste Now.

    This is really a time saver and also very easy. File copying is no longer tiring all thanks to Copywhiz.

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

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

    Have a good day.

    Thanks :)

    Using Copywhiz to copy files to phone or tablet devices

    This post will tell you how to copy files to your phone or tablet devices using Copywhiz.

    Many of our Copywhiz users frequently ask us how to use Copywhiz to copy files to phone or tablet devices. Well, currently phone or tablet devices are not directly supported by Copywhiz.

    But we have a easy fix for this too. The trick here is to first copy all the required files in a temporary folder on local hard drive and then move the temporary folder to your phone/tablet using regular copy paste. Why are we using Copywhiz? So that you can avail it’s advanced filter features like copying by file type, file name, file size or file date. Example: You may just want to copy only music files to your phone. So you would filter by .mp3.

    What is Copywhiz?

    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.
  • Steps to follow:

    1. Go to Windows File Explorer, select the files from the source folder, right-click and choose Copywhiz–>Copy as shown below:
    2. Go to a local folder (temporary folder on your hard drive), click Copywhiz–> Paste Advanced. The Advanced Settings dialogue box will open. This can be done to configure the Advanced Settings options before pasting the files since you may want to filter out some files. Click “OK” when you are done.
    3. Now, click on Paste Now button from Copywhiz window or Go to the local temporary folder and select em>Copywhiz–>Paste as shown below:

    4. You now only have to move this local folder to your phone’s hard drive using the regular Windows File Explorer.
    5. And ta-da! All the files you wanted are now in your phone or tablet.

    It is really easy and comfortable. All this will be done in just a few steps. All thanks to Copywhiz.

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    Copying files from multiple different folders to a single destination in Windows

    This post will tell you on how to copy files from various different locations and paste them in a single folder using Copywhiz.

    When copying lots of files you always have to copy, then paste; again copy and paste and keep going on. This gets so tiring, boring and not to forget too time consuming. With Copywhiz, just keep copying files (selecting files) and paste them all at once. You can simply copy, copy, copy and paste all together.

    This is the best option when all your files are scattered in various different places.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets 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
    • Paste by date created or modified or accessed.
    • 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.

    Steps to copy from multiple destinations and paste in a single destination

    1. Go to Windows File Explorer, select the files from the source folder, right-click and choose Copywhiz–>Copy as shown below:

    2. Keep adding files from different folders by clicking on “Copy (Add to queue)”. You can see the total number of files copied so far in the “show items” menu.

    3. Right-click inside the destination folder where you wish to copy the files and select Copywhiz–>Paste . You could even use ctrl+shift+v.

    4. All the files copied will be pasted in the destination folder all at once.

    Once you get used to copying files this way using Copywhiz, the normal long process you used to do will just feel so ridiculous.

    Watch a short video telling more about this feature :

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    Automatically skip identical (same) files when copying files in Windows

    When copying files in Windows, it can save a lot of time if you can skip identical files. When both source and destination files are same. This can be done using a powerful file copy/backup tool for Windows called Copywhiz.

    In addition to this you can rename the source or destination file using Copywhiz.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you have more flexibility and more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

    • Copy only new or modified files
    • Paste by date created or modified or accessed .
    • 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.

    Steps to skip identical files

    1. Go to Windows File Explorer, select the files from the source folder, right-click and choose Copywhiz–>Copy as shown below:
    2. Right-click inside the destination folder where you wish to copy the files and select Copywhiz–>Paste Advanced:
    3. Click on the ‘General’ Tab which is next to the Filter Tab.
    4. Under the File Replace options, select ‘Skip if both files are identical’. This skips all those files that already have files similar to them.
    5. Click on ‘OK’ and ‘Paste Now’

    This not only saves disk space by skipping extra files to be copied but also saves a lot of your time and efforts. All thanks to Copywhiz.

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

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

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    Automatically backup files into a new folder every time in Windows

    This post will tell you how to take a backup of your important files, each time into different folder in Windows. Using Copywhiz, cool file copy/backup app for Windows.

    Essential feature of a file backup tool is to take backup in separate folder every time. This ensures that you have multiple versions of save file set.

    Copywhiz can help you do this.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you have more flexibility and control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

    • Copy only new or modified files
    • Paste by date created or modified or accessed .
    • 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.

    You can watch a short video depicting this feature:

    Steps to copy files to a new folder each time:

    1. Go to Windows File Explorer, select the files from the source folder, right-click and choose Copywhiz–>Copy as shown below:

    2. Right-click inside the destination folder where you wish to copy the files and select Copywhiz–>Paste Advanced:
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    3. Copywhiz window will open with the destination folder already selected. You can suffix the destination folder with %date% or %datetime% to add current date to the folder name. This way you can later find them using the date created.

    4. Once the variables are added, click on ‘OK’ and ‘Paste Now’ and a new folder will automatically be created based on the current date/time you specified.

    5. You can save the selected files as a Copywhiz project and schedule a backup of the same set of files by clicking on ‘Paste later (Schedule)’ button. Once clicked, the following Window will appear that will let you to set your preferred backup frequency. After setting your preferred frequency, click on ‘Schedule Now’ so that Copywhiz automatically runs the projects at a specified time for creating multiple copies.

    With Copywhiz, the copies will be created from time to time automatically even after you modify the files later on. You can create copies of your files every week, every day or even every hour. You now have a complete file backup solution.

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

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

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    Delete only specific type of files from folder tree in Windows using Copywhiz

    This post will tell how to delete certain files from specific folders without much efforts and time.

    I recently came across an old folder on my system which had a lot of my old songs and important pictures. I don’t need the songs. Just the pictures.

    I now had two options:

    1. Go to each folder of the whole folder tree, and manually delete all the pictures.

    2. Use Copywhiz, a file copy app for Windows.

    The trick to move specific type of files (only pictures in our case) to another folder. Moving means, deleting from the source folder after copying it to destination folder. Later we can simply delete the destination folder. This way we are achieving our goal to delete specific type of files from whole folder tree.

    Steps to delete specific type of files

    1. Go to Windows File Explorer, select the files from the source folder, right-click and choose Copywhiz–>Copy as shown below:

    2. Go to the destination folder, click Copywhiz–> Paste Advanced. The Advanced Settings window will open. Type the name or type of files to copy under “Include Files”.

      Tip: You can even preview the files that will be copied before actually copying them, to stay safe. Just click on the “Preview” button in the bottom right corner.

    3. Click OK. You will see the Copywhiz main window. Under the paste options select, “Paste and delete original (move)”. Click on “Paste Now”.

    4. Your files will be copied to the destination folder all at once and also automatically deleted from the source folder.
    5. You can now delete the source folder since your required files have been stored/copied safely.

    Thus Copywhiz easily helped copy my files from a large number of folders and sub-folders. Thus saving me from the tedious task of scrolling through multiple files and folders.

    Learn more about Copywhiz. You can download the free trial from here.

    For tutorial videos, check out this page.

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    Exclude specific folders when copying files in Windows using a Robocopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will show you how to exclude certain folders and continue copying files from the rest.

    Excluding specific folders

    Ability to exclude folders when copying files has several advantages. You can save disk space. You can get rid of unwanted and temporary files. You save time copying and backing up files. Handling of smaller file set is easier.

    Let us see how to do this using Robocopy, and an alternative software , Copywhiz which does the same thing in a much user friendly manner.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you have more flexibility and 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.

    An image depicting one of the features of Copywhiz

    Steps to exclude specific folders when copying files

    Using Robocopy

    Robocopy Source Destination/XD dirs [dirs]… command lets us to specify a list of directories (folders) containing strings to be excluded. These strings are not entered directly in the command switch. They are one or more text files that list the strings to be excluded.

    For Ex: To copy files from “projects” folder to the folder “backup”, by excluding certain type of folders, say, the ones having your personal information, the following command line will be used:

    Robocopy c:\projects c:\backup xd list-of-excluded-folders

    But these Robocopy commands are not straightforward. System administrators may be able to use. Robocopy is quite difficult for common users. Instead, let me show you an easier and faster way to do this.

    Using Copywhiz

    Watch a short video describing this feature:

    Video Transcription

    1. Go to Windows File Explorer, select the files from the source folder, right-click and choose Copywhiz–>Copy as shown below:

    2. Go to the destination folder, right click and choose Copywhiz–> Paste Advanced. The Advanced Settings dialogue box will open.

    3. You can include or exclude files/folders to be copied by typing their names, file extensions or folder names. You can then select the “Exclude folders” option. You can also preview the list of files that will be copied and files that will be skipped by clicking on the Preview button. After confirming, press the OK button in the Advanced Settings dialog box.

    4. Click on “OK” and then “Paste Now” to complete file copying.

    Conclusion

    Copywhiz lets you choose which type of files to copy and which to ignore – i.e, it lets you to do ‘Selective File Copy’. Pick only those files and folders that are important and avoid the ones not required with Copywhiz. Easily filter files by name, extension, folder etc. from a bunch of folders.

    Complete big file copy tasks with just a few clicks and save manual effort with Copywhiz.

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for interesting videos.

    Learn more about Copywhiz.

    Download the free trial from here.

    Have a good day.

    Thanks for taking time to read :)