TeraCopy, the Life Saver File Transfer Freeware That You Should Use

TeraCopy, the Life Saver File Transfer Freeware That You Should Use

Copying our files to a computer after a shooting session is mandatory step. But there is more than Windows file transfer utility. TeraCopy not only copies your files but it makes sure that your precious data arrives at destination safely.

This freemium software is designed as an alternative to the native Windows Explorer solution. Data integrity is the key feature of TeraCopy. As the developer explains, it “can verify files after they have been copied to ensure that they are identical. This is done by comparing hashes of source and target files.

TeraCopy is available on Windows computer (Vista and later version). The supported algorithms are: CRC32, MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-512, Panama, Tiger, RipeMD, Whirlpool, and xxHash.

The first step is to download the small software here. Following the initial setup, the administrator can decide to use TeraCopy or stick to Windows Explore to transfer files.

The user must check the “Verify” box to activate the verification process.

Check the Verify box to ensure data integrity. TeraCopy will scan and check all the files one by one following the file transfer. This additional step increase the overall transfer time but it adds a layer of safety to your operation.

After a transfer, TeraCopy will make sure that all the data has been copied to the destination without any error. This software is not necessarily faster than Windows but it adds a layer of protection and safety which is invaluable for photographers who constantly deal with critical file transfer.

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Spy Black's picture

Has anyone ever experienced corrupted data transfers? I personally never have, even since the days of DOS.

Charlie Baker's picture

It did happen to me a few years back. Found out it was caused by defective RAM. Unfortunately, this damaged quite a few files that I could not recover.

Rod Kestel's picture

Me neeva, so can't see the point.
I am however a recent ardent convert to Windows Everything. Awesome when you can't find that file.

Jon The Baptist's picture

Chronosync all day erryday

Marcus Joyce's picture

Freefilesync is awesome and should be used for making duplicates of your photography. You can save configs so run through quickly

Ben Kramer's picture

I've been using TeraCopy for years, and I love it. One of the best benefits is that it can queue transfers, helping prevent slowdowns that come from trying to read different sections of a device simultaneously. You can also pre-set certain options, like whether to overwrite older files, instead of having the transfer pause to ask you once it encounters existing files.

Lee Christiansen's picture

I use ShotPut Pro and Chronosync, but always happy to hear of free alternatives. Anything free for Macs?

Mutley Dastardly's picture

Teracopy is nice, but i'm a big fan of fastcopy - for big volumes it's the tool that is staying fast, that can run in background mode...

Jaran Gaarder Heggen's picture

For Windws you already have one of the best file copy tools out there... but you need to learn to use cmd...
Robocopy... or xRobocopy for Powershell (needs to be installed as a module). Both can copy with multiple threads...

Ben Kramer's picture

Windows 10 should have Robocopy in powershell by default.