File copy – Windows 8’s hidden gem

I just can’t talk enough about how this feature is awesome. Gone is the time where a 2 hours file copy would be interrupted by a “same name” file/folder error. Windows now merges same named folder’s CONTENT instead of throwing an error. Also, if same named folder(s) contains same named files, Windows will ask you if you want to replace the existing files or simply skip them after copying the new files. Oh yeah! :D

Real-life example

Let’s say you have two drives: drive C:\ contains your active work folder called “My_work” and drive F:\ is your backup drive:

C:\My_work
5 files: 001.jpg, 002.jpg, 003.jpg, 004.jpg, 005.jpg

F:\My_work
3 files: 001.jpg, 002.jpg, 003.jpg

What happens if you copy the folder from drive C:\ to drive D:\?  Windows 8 will simply copy the files WITHIN the folder “My_work” that are not identical: thus, images 004 and 005 will be added and Windows will ask you if you want to replace 3 files or skip them.

Now THAT’s what I call efficient. We can now create backups in a breeze in a single click’n’kip BAM! Incremental backup.

Same named folder? No problemo

Windows 8 File CopyScreenshot shows two folders with identical names and Windows looks INSIDE instead of throwing an error. The 7 items are 1 folder and 6 files inside.

Best practice: rename, rename, rename, F2, F2, F2…

Of course, saving , copying and manipulating any kind of files, requires that you properly identified them the first place.

Enjoy!

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