A reader’s PCs share an annoying symptom: Windows seems unable to reliably copy really big files or groups of files between hard drives.
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Multiple cures for Windows’ copy-command errors
Reader Ross Caruso’s copy problem spans multiple PCs and various Windows versions.
- “For several years, I’ve had difficulty copying large amounts of data from one drive (internal or external) to another when using Windows’ standard copy function.
“It typically occurs when I’m copying gigabytes’ worth of files and folders at a time. The data either isn’t fully copied or it’s not copied correctly.
“How can I find out what’s going on?”
Years? I salute your fortitude, Ross! I suggest taking a two-pronged approach: quick Band-Aid fixes for the short term, then more permanent cures that go to the root problem. Here are some techniques that should help.