The last time I took a look a TeraCopy Pro I loved it, but it
crashed during one copy test. It didn’t take any data with it,
however, for a task as critical as copying and moving files failure
is not an option. Thankfully, this more recent 2.1 version of the
program performs as happily and accurately as a trained seal.
TeraCopy replaces the Windows file handling functions with its
own, which appear on the right-click context menu or simply when
you copy or move files. The pause function alone is worth its
weight in gold if you do a lot of copying. Windows only lets you
cancel–not pause–which makes it difficult to ascertain exactly
where you left off. You may also choose up front whether you want
to overwrite all files, older ones only, skip files that already
exist, or rename the file being copied to avoid overwriting the
existing files. Vista and Windows 7 provide the same choices, but
only when the conflicts occur after the copy process has begun.
Anyone who’s ever started a large copy operation, gone to lunch,
and come back to discover that Windows is only two files into the
process and wants attention can appreciate Code Sector’s
You may also invoke TeraCopy Pro as a standalone so you can
select files from diverse locations and copy them to a single
location. You may also create favorite destinations to cut down on
your browsing time to them. Checksums are generated for
verification–a great safeguard, especially when you’re copying
files to less-reliable removable media.
TeraCopy Pro adds a few very handy perqs lacking in the free TeraCopy
Home: letting you select all files with the same extension, and
letting you remove files from the copy queue. It includes free
updates (though it seems you get those with the free version as
well). Without a help file it took me a few minutes to realize that
the selection options apply only to files already added to the
queue and that it didn’t gather more files from a location.
All told, TeraCopy Pro is a nice replacement for Windows’
reliable, but singularly under-powered, copying and moving
routines. As I said earlier, if you do a lot of copying, it’s worth
it, though it might be more worth it at $10.
–Jon L. Jacobi