Microsoft windows copy-past process can improve further

Copper Contributor

Hi All,

I am MS window user , currently using window 11, also I am developer in a organization, when I am trying to copy multiple file or folders from one location to another location if the files size are larger it is taking much time and you dont have control there to stop copping the file/folder which is larger in size on the fly. We can build this in such a way that we should have full controlled in where we can choose what to cancel and what to go "On the Fly" , this will help user to have control to cancel the file which is taking more time, will do it later.  But currently if you cancel it will cancel all and user has to re-do.


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@RajendraGavel Hello! You've posted your question in the Tech Community Discussion space, which is intended for discussion around the Tech Community website itself, not product questions. I'm moving your question to the Windows 11 space - please post Windows 11 questions here in the future. 


XCOPY with unbuffered I/O is maybe a better choice, but it actually depends more on partition alignment (sector size,) and also your choice of file systems. While NTFS may have the best integrity due to it being a journaling file system, it might not be as fast as exFAT for removable media. It's smarter to look at the tradeoffs, long-term data integrity vs speed, etc, but also partition / sector alignment, as it relates to 512e / Advanced Format drives, and the typical partition that is aligned in an array with other drives that have a sector size of about 4KB.

XCOPY source [destination] /E /I /Q /G /H /Y /O /B /J




File System Functionality Comparison ->


Another example:

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.22000.556]
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C:\Users\<username>\Desktop>XCOPY /?
Copies files and directory trees.

XCOPY source [destination] [/A | /M] [/D[:date]] [/P] [/S [/E]] [/V] [/W]
                           [/C] [/I] [/Q] [/F] [/L] [/G] [/H] [/R] [/T] [/U]
                           [/K] [/N] [/O] [/X] [/Y] [/-Y] [/Z] [/B] [/J]
                           [/EXCLUDE:file1[+file2][+file3]...] [/COMPRESS]

  source       Specifies the file(s) to copy.
  destination  Specifies the location and/or name of new files.
  /A           Copies only files with the archive attribute set,
               doesn't change the attribute.
  /M           Copies only files with the archive attribute set,
               turns off the archive attribute.
  /D:m-d-y     Copies files changed on or after the specified date.
               If no date is given, copies only those files whose
               source time is newer than the destination time.
               Specifies a list of files containing strings.  Each string
               should be in a separate line in the files.  When any of the
               strings match any part of the absolute path of the file to be
               copied, that file will be excluded from being copied.  For
               example, specifying a string like \obj\ or .obj will exclude
               all files underneath the directory obj or all files with the
               .obj extension respectively.
  /P           Prompts you before creating each destination file.
  /S           Copies directories and subdirectories except empty ones.
  /E           Copies directories and subdirectories, including empty ones.
               Same as /S /E. May be used to modify /T.
  /V           Verifies the size of each new file.
  /W           Prompts you to press a key before copying.
  /C           Continues copying even if errors occur.
  /I           If destination does not exist and copying more than one file,
               assumes that destination must be a directory.
  /Q           Does not display file names while copying.
  /F           Displays full source and destination file names while copying.
  /L           Displays files that would be copied.
  /G           Allows the copying of encrypted files to destination that does
               not support encryption.
  /H           Copies hidden and system files also.
  /R           Overwrites read-only files.
  /T           Creates directory structure, but does not copy files. Does not
               include empty directories or subdirectories. /T /E includes
               empty directories and subdirectories.
  /U           Copies only files that already exist in destination.
  /K           Copies attributes. Normal Xcopy will reset read-only attributes.
  /N           Copies using the generated short names.
  /O           Copies file ownership and ACL information.
  /X           Copies file audit settings (implies /O).
  /Y           Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an
               existing destination file.
  /-Y          Causes prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an
               existing destination file.
  /Z           Copies networked files in restartable mode.
  /B           Copies the Symbolic Link itself versus the target of the link.
  /J           Copies using unbuffered I/O. Recommended for very large files.
  /COMPRESS    Request network compression during file transfer where

The switch /Y may be preset in the COPYCMD environment variable.
This may be overridden with /-Y on the command line.



Win11 Pro Users on D:\
(this is a reply to a different question than my own question, but when I tried to post my own question I got the error "please correct highlighted errors and post again. There were no errors highlightes, but I found a posting saying I might succeed in posting it as a reply, which I am doing here. Microsof please fix this!)

I have a fresh Win11 Pro install on an NvME drive (C:\ drive). I have only one user now (myself/Administrator), but I will be adding other users on my family LAN, and I will need more storage than is available on my C:\ drive, so I added and NTFS formatted a second larger NvME D:\ drive to hold all my and their home folders. Can someone explain the method and step by step procedure to get the Users folder itself plus my and all future home directories and sub-directories users on the the new D:\ drive (ie. hopefully rather than having to move each user's home directories and sub-directories one-by-one). I can't be the only person needing to know this, so a link and/or howto do this would be great.

Thx, Rodolfo