Robocopy is a super-flexible and configurable tool with more than 80 different switches available for Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 7. Any batch or synchronous copy you can imagine can be easily handled by this utility. It was originally developed for easy mirroring directory trees and single directories as well. Robocopy comes packed will all features to check that all NTFS attributes along with their properties are copied without any errors. The tool also has an additional restart code used for network connection prone to disruption.
Robocopy (also known as “Robust File Copy“) allows copying not only directory trees by also can copy files using commands executed in a command line. Before Windows Vista, Robocopy was an individual utility. But then something has changed, and someone saw its potential to be integrated into the operating system. This is how it is ended up showing in the System32 folder for every Windows Vista user.
In order to see the full set of switches available in Robocopy, you need to open Command Prompt (type cmd in the Start menu search and click it) and type robocopy /?.
You can start with commands /mir and /z to understand the full potential of the tool. However, you should be careful with those switches as /mir will not just copy files for folder synchronization but also delete the originals.
Robocopy in Windows 10/8/7
Here is another particular switch we want to mention – the /MT switch. It allows users to copy their files in multi-thread. By using this switch in Robocopy, you will get a multi-threading copy instantly (with the defined number of threads). The command itself is simple:
The max integer number for this command is 120.
We cannot say that Robocopy is a tool for the beginner. No, it requires some understanding of the process and some technical knowledge to use. However, if you really need to use it, you can get the Microsoft Robocopy GUI from the official Microsoft website (You can find the download link at end of this article).
After installing it, you can find the full guide for the tool in the destination folder and also check all Robocopy commands as well as syntax. Robocopy GUI has a very neat feature – by moving your mouse to each switch you get a short description of what the switch can do.
That is all we have to say about this small but very useful utility. We hope this article was useful for you!
Download Robocopy GUI for Windows 10
Robocopy GUI is the part of Spotlight utility. You can download it from official Microsoft site using this link.