TeraCopy OSX

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by oojosheoo, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. oojosheoo macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
    Happy Friday you guys,

    Well heres the thing. You guys all know how bad windows copy and paste (files) sucks. OS X is similar.

    Meaning if your trying to copy a folder, lets say 30 GB, and an error occurs for some reason the whole process terminates. Thats why i love teracopy for Windows. which allows you to skip the file thats causing the problem and resume copying.

    So what I'm asking is if there's a similar program for Mac OSX?
  2. anjinash macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2008
    Just wondering the same thing myself. Would love to be able to queue up copies (and moves) rather than having multiple copies going at once (hence slowing them down to intolerable levels). Pausing would be nice too.

    Teracopy helped make Vista semi-usable for me at my last job. A Mac port would be VERY welcomed.

    Are there any Mac equivalences?
  3. pacca macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2008
    the same problem

    I have the same problem ... please do u know some similar software for mac ?

  4. rjd82 macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2009
    I am looking for a program that does exactly the same thing for OSX. Anyone got anything?

  5. RustyBucket macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2009
    TeraCopy - Mac Equivalent

    Bumping this thread...

    Anyone know of a Mac equivalent for this program?

    I've been trying to copy 80gb of files and the copy process aborts right in the middle with no way to resume.

    Any suggestions?

  6. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Though not completely what's being looked for here, I recommend giving Grsync a go. It's essentially a GUI wrapper around the rysnc command.
  7. anjin macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2008
    I too am seeking a Teracopy-like program for OSX. I've moved my server from a PC to my Mac and I'm reorganizing and sorting several terabytes worth of materials, and OSXs copy has failed me one too many times. It also lacks the ability to merge folders of the same name, but with different content. It'll just overwrite one with the other. WTF Apple?

    I'm guessing by the lack of answers in this year old thread that we're just out of luck on this one. Time for Boot Camp I guess. Sigh.
  8. Gm7Cadd9 macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2005
    learn some UNIX and use the rsync command, or use a GUI based rsync utility like: Synchronize Pro X, ArRsync, Rsync X, etc
  9. anjin macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2008
    Uh, one shouldn't have to learn Unix and drop to the terminal just to conduct some basic COPY and PASTE functions.

    Seriously. Even Windows can merge folders with a simple copy.. there's no reason OSX can't do this in the UI.

    When a large multi-folder copy fails partway through, there's NO way to resume it easily, it's a nightmare of combing through folders until you find exactly where the copy petered out and a lot of manual copy/paste from there.

    I'm astonished that such a polished OS is lacking in this area. Come on Apple, fix this! In the meantime, does anyone know a GUI utility that handles copy/paste better?
  10. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Some suggestions have already been provided.
  11. booyaaah macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2010
    I'm going to bump this to see if anyone have an answer a few months later. Here is a link to teracopy which is not exactly a backup/synch utility but a file copier/mover with a lot of great features.
    Teracopy :apple:, where is it??
  12. booyaaah macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2010
    I guess it does not exist any good alternative for mac.:(

    I tried to move a 120 GB folder from my external usb drive (ntfs) to my external firewire drive (ntfs) but OSXs standard file copier stopped after a few seconds giving some weird error. :confused:

    I then downloaded a rsync utility like advised in this thread and started copying... after 1 hour and 20 minutes I gave up. It had copied 17 GB in that time :eek:

    Booted into windows and I am now using teracopy getting great speeds between the drives. I give up on finding a worthy software for OSX.
  13. northerngit macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2007
    I agree, it's an abomination the way Finder handles merging. The arguments I've heard from Mac extremists for years only take into account moving one or two small folders. Most projects these days have directories nested 100 levels deep.

    Paying for what is basic functionality is a disgrace. Dropping to the shell is a pain, and I believe not a viable solution to what is clearly bad design by Apple. As a switcher, even after 3 years I wince everytime I have to do serious file management in Finder... even to the point of firing up Windows in VMWare to complete the task... :mad:

    Pathfinder may be an option... and works as you'd expect when handling multi level folder merging.


    You can try the following -


    These are more for synchronising folders across media / machines; but they'll achieve what you need.

    This thread is interesting, and the comments from mason.kramer are spot on:

  14. Timpion macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2009
    I found this solution:

    I haven't tried it yet, so i can't review, but it looks pretty nice at first glance. Of cource a cocoa app would be better then java, but its a start.

    Still, if anyone finds something better, let me know. I 'd like to have a program which integrates with finders drag 'n drop...

  15. marcusology macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2010
    yes,minicopier is good,it's light weighted and simple to use.
    I also find ultracopier which looks like minicopier and has more settings but not so convinient
  16. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007
    You may have a point, but the user you are replying to did give some suggestiong so for a GUI to accomplish the same task.

    Carbon Copy Cloner will do a block level copy from one drive to another, and you can select to only copy certain folders in an incremental method.

    It's really more for cloning and backing up your important data to a second drive, but It could work for many of you.

    And you don't really need to know unix to do a copy in a terminal.

    Opent the terminal, then type

    cp <path to file/filename.extension> <path to new location/>


    cp ./Documents/taxes.xls /Volumes/BUDrive/2009TaxInfo/

    This will copy the file taxes.xls from my home folder which is where I'm at when I first open terminal...to the External drive 'BUDrive' and place it in the folder on that drive called '2009TaxInfo'.

    the './' signifies 'starting in my present location'

    To copy folders and their contents and ignore errors try this....

    cp -rf <path to folder to be copied> <path to folder copying to> 2>/dev/null

    cp - copy command
    -rf - r is recursive (copy everything in the folder(s), f force the copy even if the destination file exists.
    2>/dev/null - should tell the system that if there are any errors to send the sterr messages to /dev/null (a bit bucket in linux), kind of like telling it to ignore the errors and keep going.

    I haven't tried this on Mac so be patient and let me know if you need more help.

  17. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    This should work, too.

    Just copy/paste into an AppleScript window and run. Not as pretty as some, but it keeps the user away from the command line.

    It also creates a log so if there's an error, it should show up in a "Logs" folder inside the Documents folder.


    on twoDigits(testValue)
    	set testString to testValue as string
    	if length of testString = 2 then
    		return testString
    	else if length of testString = 1 then
    		return "0" & testString
    	else if length of testString > 2 then
    		return (characters 3 through 4 of testString) as string
    		return testString
    	end if
    end twoDigits
    set dateItem to current date
    set dateString to twoDigits(1 * (month of dateItem)) & "-" & twoDigits(1 * (day of dateItem)) & "-" & (twoDigits((year of dateItem)))
    set docPath to (path to documents folder) as string
    set logPath to docPath & "Logs:"
    tell application "Finder"
    	if not (exists folder logPath) then
    		make new folder at docPath with properties {name:"Logs"}
    	end if
    end tell
    set sourceFolder to choose folder with prompt "Select folder of files you want to copy"
    set TargetFolder to choose folder with prompt "Now choose folder where you want the files to go"
    set sourceDir to quoted form of POSIX path of sourceFolder
    set targetDir to quoted form of POSIX path of TargetFolder
    set optionString to "-vvptuir --progress"
    set excludeString to "--exclude=" & quote & ".*/" & quote
    set rsyncString to "rsync" & space & optionString ¬
    	& space & excludeString & space & sourceDir & ¬
    	space & targetDir
    set fileNameString to "'Copy Report - " & dateString & ".txt'"
    set outputString to " > ~/Documents/Logs/" & fileNameString
    do shell script rsyncString & outputString
  18. pestolino macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2010
    Teracopy Maker switched to Mac himself

    I find myself in a lack of a software like Teracopy and wrote to the programmer.

    He switched to Mac not so long ago and hopefully he will make an OSX version. Unfortunately he has no experience in coding for Mac - so far at least! ;)
    So let's hope he'll get grip soon. I'll buy his software as long as it's not as expensive as Pathfinder (40 bucks, no way!).

  19. spydamans macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2010
    Teracopy alt.

    I found this software just after giving up on my search for a teracopy alternative for mac, probably the only thing i miss about windows, This looks like a very good alternative to teracopy until they make one for mac.

  20. Benway macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2010
    Please fix the copy dialog box - apple

    More than a year on from the last post in this thread, and it seems like there is still no solution to this problem. I have read that the file copier dialog box in the newly released Mac OS Lion has a new merge option, but beyond that is still simplistic and ******. I also looked at photos of the new file copier in Lion, and it doesn't look up to scratch, and many users are reporting they don't even have this "new" feature on Lion [when I say "new", I mean an updated copy dialog should have been around years and years ago, instead of this retarded piece of crap].

    Please apple, I love nearly everything you do, but as I am somebody who goes through a ton of files and who likes to manage my files myself, this lack of basic functionality rapes hours of my time and really ruins my experience at a mac [which is otherwise great].
    Sadly, this is getting to be a real deal-breaker for me, and I might consider a move to Windows 7 which has an excellent and informative copy dialog with many options on it, as the hours I waste on trying to manage my files on a mac stack up and up [I would say days of my life wasted, actually].
    And convenience is what I want : We are not all Coding Artists like yourselves.
    I REALLY don't want to do this, but this seemingly small thing just really hobbles your OS for me. Very much an Achilles Heel. Incredibly inconvenient.

    I can do on windows 7 in a couple of hours what it would take me DAYS to do on a mac, in this regard.

    Please somebody at Apple, can you please study the Windows 7 file copy dialog with it's options, this very great utility and options it gives the user, and then implement it. Microsoft has taken so many of Apple's innovations. Maybe you can pinch this basic thing.

    I may go on to explain what these options are about, but I have to sleep now.

  21. alphaonex86 macrumors newbie


    Dec 15, 2011
    And here I need help to implement interception of copy from finder of mac for ultracopier 0.3 (will have multiple interface and way to present the information).
    The performance and data will be boosted to.
  22. iveo83 macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2007
    not that this is the best solution but it worked for me. Compress your files into a .zip and move them over. Was trying to move 30,000 files (fonts) to my dropbox and was getting errors.

    I can't believe that 5 years later we still don't have a mac tera copy. Yet tera copy is still the best program for windows. If I was a programer I would totally make this and charge a couple bucks for it.
  23. jbmans macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2015

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