Microsoft Robocopy is an advanced copy tool0 with features like automatic resume of file transfer on error or during network disruption, recover from terminated file copying, selective copying based on new or updated criteria. Robocopy can also keep intact all the file properties including date and time, security access control lists (ACLs) and more while copying the file. Microsoft Robocopy came built-in in Windows Vista and Windows 7 but as a command line utility. To ease up the task of using Robocopy for copying, a GUI (graphical user interface) version has been made available by Microsoft for download.
The traditional “copy and paste” functionality that is built into Microsoft Windows has limitations. It works well enough for simple tasks (moving a document from one directory to another, and so on), but it lacks the advanced functionality. But if you use Microsoft Robocopy you will get an advanced copy utility with loads of advanced options.
Robocopy GUI lets you specify your source and target paths, as well as any custom options or filters you’d like to apply, whether or not you’d like to create a drive mapping, where you’d like to store the resulting logs, and so on. These are all features you can certainly execute with traditional Robocopy command line functionality, but for many, having the options consolidated in a graphical interface may really simplify the process.
Robocopy GUI also extends the functionality of the existing Robocopy tool in some very interesting ways. For example, this tool is multithreaded, allowing you to create a Robocopy script, execute it, and begin creating another one while your first script is still running. It also allows you to save your scripts (even if you don’t actually execute them) so that you can create a library of common scripts or share them with your colleagues. And most importantly, Robocopy GUI allows you to save your default settings so you don’t have to start from scratch every time.
Robocopy GUI includes a help file of its own, as well as an embedded copy of the full Robocopy reference guide. This reference includes a full index of all of the Robocopy commands and syntax to help you determine which settings you’d like to take advantage of.