Do you drag files between folder windows open on your computer? Some suggest that this is the approach to take:

Do you find it annoying moving files and folders using Windows Explorer? Why not use drag and drop! All you need to do is open two windows and drag and drop from one to the other. (Source: #1MinuteCPD)

While this approach works, I prefer a more enlightened approach using a program called Free Commander XE. A little bit about Free Commander XE:

FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. The program helps you with daily work in Windows. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock. You can take FreeCommander anywhere – just copy the installation directory on a CD or USB-Stick – and you can even work with this program on a foreign computer.

As you can see from the image below, you get a two panel interface that allows for more than just drag-n-drop between windows:

You can also enjoy multi-panel joy for file management:

There are many solutions, including ones available for Mac.

If you work with big files, consider taking advantage of one of the following solutions as well:

  • CopyHandler (Free) – “full control over the copy and move operations through pause, resume, restart and cancel functionalities, faster than integrated Windows copying.”

  • Extreme Copy ($$$) – “ExtremeCopy is a Windows file copy tool which is able to copy and/or move your files extremely fast. The usage is simple and similar to Windows Explorer default file copier but it can increase the speed from 20% up to 120% faster than Windows default file copier. ExtremeCopy can integrate itself into your Windows seamlessly as copy tool.”
Of course, I typically prefer TeraCopy

TeraCopy is designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed. It skips bad files during the copying process, and then displays them at the end of the transfer so that you can see which ones need attention. TeraCopy can automatically check the copied files for errors by calculating their CRC checksum values. It also provides a lot more information about the files being copied than its Windows counterpart. TeraCopy integrates with Windows Explorer’s right-click menu and can be set as the default copy handler.

What are you using?

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