I would like to announce the best thing since sliced bread …. RichCopy !
This tool has been available internally at Microsoft for as long as I can remember and over the years I have used it to copy virtual PCs and installations files over from Redmond or from a local server to my PC. The problem is that I have never been able to share this little gem as its only been available for internal use.
I am glad to say its now available for download from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.04.utilityspotlight.aspx get clicking, get downloading and get copying.
My three top tips for using RichCopy
1. If you are copying one or a few big files, set ‘File Copy’ attribute to more than '1’. It uses up resources but copies big files down quicker
2. If you are copying lots of files then set the ‘Thread number’ attributes to 10-10-1. This will copy multiple files quicker
3. If you are copying over a dodgy connection. You can re run the download and it will go and find the files it didn't manage to get the first time.
This is a seriously cool application and the fact it has blue progress bars that fly across the screen when you are copying just makes it better than sliced bread itself !
What it does not do.
If you remove a destination directory and the files in that directory, then run Richcopy (purge), then check the destination.
The directory deleted at the source was not removed. However, the files were removed.