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:

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page. Check out our YouTube channel for more such interesting videos.

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

    Have a good day.

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