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#31 n_K

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 15:10

They do. It's called the Windows API. No file copy utilities have had their own disk access systems since DOS.

Windows API is for how data is read from the disk or written to it, you can't just go and make a plugin as I said to allow copying differently and make it part of explorer, you'd have to use hooks and register it and whatnot which in itself is a hack.

You can pause/resume with windows 8's file copy...

I haven't tested it with network connectivity so what happens if you're on an network, start copying from a server, pause and disconnect from the network then reconnect later, can it still be resumed or not?


#32 vetSpyder

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 15:26

yes yes 3rd party file copying software is all well and good but what about file renaming. I want to shave 0.1 seconds off a file rename over what windows explorer can do.

#33 smooth_criminal1990

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 15:36

I upgraded from the RP to RTM of Windows 8 the other day, copying several GBs of ISOs over a gigabit connection is miles faster than Window 7 was...only problem is I can't remember if I'd disabled Windows Defender at the time.

#34 Mayhem

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 15:47

like stated on the article, Windows 8 slowdown is because Windows Defender checking every file

Disable it and you see Win8 copy's skyrock

#35 ZakO

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 16:13

I haven't tested it with network connectivity so what happens if you're on an network, start copying from a server, pause and disconnect from the network then reconnect later, can it still be resumed or not?

I just tried that out of interest, I expected it to work to be honest... but it didn't. Started copy (copying fine) -> Pause -> Disconnect -> Reconnect -> Unpause... and copy jumps to "99% complete at 800MB/s" then stays there. Attempting to cancel the copy does nothing, if you kill explorer.exe it won't re-open, had to reboot to fix things. (force reboot - using Windows "restart" displayed an endless "restarting..." screen)