How can i see the transfer SPEED while copying files?

Hi, How can i see the transfer SPEED while copying files?

I use Windows XP PRO in all my computers.

For example i want to know the transfer speed in MB per Second (or some standard measure) while:

- Copying files from an External Drive to an internal Drive on a PC connected either by USB or Firewire
- Copying files from one computer to another by 10/100 network / ethernet cable
- Copying files from one computer to another by Gigabit network / ethernet cable
- Copying files from one computer to another by WIFI network

Is there a Windows included feature for this? if not, a FREE software?
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Sudeep SharmaTechnical DesignerCommented:
Use alternate file copier or copy handler like Ultra Copier, though there are others too like TeraCopy and SuperCopier, but this one has advantage over other and very actively updated and de-bugged.

Below is the comparison between different copy handler


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unrinoceronteAuthor Commented:
Hi SSharma, you "Sold" me that little program Ultracopier. Looks excellent and exactly what i needed, with even more features that i whished for but that for sure will come very handy.

I will download and try it out.

One question tough, does it OVERRIDES something in Windows? Or is just a separate program that i have to run each time i want to copy files from one place to the other?

EDIT: Besides one being FREE and the other PAYED, what are the DIFFERENCES between this 3 options of UltraCopier?  I have searched all over the website but i could not find the comparison, and the developer´s english is not so goos so i am having trouble understanding some things. (My english is not that good either...)

I am a little worried since I think i understood that this program is runned by the GPU (videocard), is this possible?  Could there be a chance that this program damages my files or my PC?
Sudeep SharmaTechnical DesignerCommented:
The link below shows the comparision between UltraCopier and other free/commercial products. I would post the screenshot as well of the comparison.

Ultra Copier comparison
I would not use GPU ones but that didn't made any difference on my system may be because I don't have the GPU, so try the ones which doesn't come with GPU option.




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unrinoceronteAuthor Commented:
Thanks SSharma, yes i saw that Comparison Table before, but i meant the comparison between the Download Options of ULTRACOPIER, which where the following:

Ultracopier Download Options

Anyways i will try the ones you say, the  ***setup.exe
unrinoceronteAuthor Commented:
This ULTRACOPIER was a nice Tool, thanks very much SSHarma.

 Is there any other tool or program for doing this. Any other expert that would like to advice me?

I would like to have 2 options to try out and see.
Copy process depends on the type of usb(2.0, 3.0 ) & read -write speed(usb hard drive etc).

Rich RumbleSecurity SamuraiCommented:
Remember switch port speeds are rated in megaBIT's per second.
100mbps is 12.5MB (12.5 Mega Bytes) per second.
Basically take mbps and divide by 8, so 1gpbs is 125.00MB per second.
You could copy a standard DVD 4.7GB's in 37 seconds using a 1gig network cards.
That's the theoretical maximum, it will probably take longer by a second or two.

HDD's might not allow you to write that fast, here are some HDD bench marks, depending on you're drive, it might not keep up with your NIC.,2903.html And HDD's have the BUS/Motherboard too that can affect the maximum speeds.

Again those are maximum's. and they too are BIT's per second not BYTES, the colored bars are however written in MegaBytes, so a 6Gb drive writes at around 200MB's per second.
Wifi same thing, it's worse than wired however because everyone shares the maximum 54mbps if using 802.11 G, and everyone shares the 600mbps for N. So you're maximum throughput on a N connected wifi is 75MB. If you're copying from a box that is 100mpbs through the N wifi, the wired PC is the bottleneck and will only transmit 12MB per second.
Range, line of sight, and many other factors affect wifi too that don't affect wired.

You can't make a 10/100 nic copy or upload faster than 12, no matter what it's copying to or from. There are also some protocols that make some transfers seem faster, FTP for example can compress data on the fly and then expand it once it's reached the destination, making it appear that you copied 300MB's per second, when it is just because of compression. HTTP also supports Gzip compression the same way. SCP can do the same thing.
Windows 7 has a very accurate copying dialogue and it measures in MB not mbps.Win7 Copy Dialogue-rich
Why don't you simply open Task Manager and choose Networking tab?

For HD to HD copy, the built-in Performance Monitor may help. PM can also be used to monitor file copying over the network.

Of course, the result may be inaccurate if you do have other applications accessing the network or using the HD in the background.
A little note though not of much help to you now:

Windows 8 has a filecopy dialogue that includes a speed graph.  You get a separate graph for each concurrent copy process.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Is there any other tool or program for doing this. Any other expert that would like to advice me?

I would like to have 2 options to try out and see.
I've been using an excellent file manager called Total Commander for many years:

When you do a copy, it displays this dialog:
Total Commander copying speedAs you can see, it shows the copying speed, as well as the estimated time remaining to finish the copy.

It is not free, but it is among the best 46 dollars (USD) that I've ever spent. Well, I probably spent less many years ago when I bought it (and all upgrades have been free), but that's what a personal license costs today. Also, the personal license grant is generous. Here's a quote:

"The registered version may be installed on as many computers as desired, as long as it is used by only one person at any one time (I.e. one installation at home and one at the office used by the same person). Therefore you need only one licence for a port connection between two computers. The usage by multiple people at the same time (on multiple computers) requires additional licences."

The product does lots of other stuff, such as having an FTP client, folder synchronization, file comparison tools, etc., but I have limited my response to addressing just your issue. Btw, the support is fabulous. When I send an email to tech support, I always get a prompt, accurate answer. In more than a decade of using this file manager, from Windows 95 through my current 64-bit W7 and W8, it has never messed up a file.

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with this company and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe
Run "Perfmon,exe" from a command window.  You can watch disk performance using OS counters in real time.  Select from about two dozen parameters including read, write, queue depth and related aggregations.
unrinoceronteAuthor Commented:
Thanks everybody for your suggestions. I definetely like the FREE options, but that TOTAL COMMANDER program looks very good and with other utilities that might be useful for me.

I tried the Perfmon.exe option, but for me was not that clear, i am not that literate in this kind of things, and i need something that says " x MB/second "....

Thank you all.
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