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Fix Windows 10 Freezes Copying Files without Losing Data

Updated on Dec 27, 2018 by Tracy King to File Recovery


If Windows 10 freezes or gets stuck when you copy files from the Windows PC to a new hard drive or an external device, this page will offer you feasible methods here to fix this issue without losing any data now.

Here’s the content of Windows 10 freezes copying files, and just follow and find methods to fix ‘Windows 10 freezes/stuck when copying files’ without losing data now:

Windows 10 hangs, stuck, freeze when copying files, how to fix it?
How to Fix Windows 10 freeze/stuck copying files error without data loss?
Extra Tip: Restore lost files if fail to copy files in Windows 10

If you lost files or data because Windows 10 freezes when copying files, Professional data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will find and restore all lost files for you.

Windows 10 hangs, stuck and freezes when copying files, how to fix

Case 1. Windows 10 keeps freezing while copying files from drive D: to E:

Windows keeps freezing and everything stops response while I’m copying files from D: to E:. No programs are running in the background. All I’m doing is to move my files saved in D: drive to E: drive and this has nothing to do with C: drive.

Those files occupy about 2GB space on the D: drive. Now the Windows 10 has totally frozen up. Is there a way to remove this error without losing any data?

Case 2. Windows 10 stuck when copy files from PC to the external device

Believe it or not, my computer which runs on Windows 10 stuck in copying files from PC to an external hard drive. Any method to resolve this issue? How?

According to Microsoft community and the Google searching result, it seems that Windows 10, 8 and 7 can easily get stuck, freeze while copying files to another hard drive or an external storage device. If you are faced with this issue, just follow methods below to fix ‘Windows freeze in copying files’ issue without losing any files now.

How to Fix Windows 10 Freezes/Stuck Copying Files Error without Data Loss

Method 1. Stop running programs and services that freeze Windows 10 on copying files

1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del and select Task Manager.

2. Select the running programs and services that are taking high CPU or Disk usage and click End Task.

This will stop running programs and services that are taking high CPU or Disk usage causing Windows freeze issue in your PC.

Method 2. Disable Remote Differential Compression and Turn off Thumbnail to improve Windows 10 file copying speed

Disable Remote Differential Compression:

1. Type Windows Features in the Search box and open Turn Windows Features On or Off.

2. Uncheck Remote Differential Compression box and click OK.

3. Restart your PC.

Turn off Thumbnail to speed up copying files in Windows:

  • Open the File Explorer and click View.
  • Click Option and a new dialog Folder Option will open.
  • Click View, check Always show icons, never thumbnail, click Apply and OK to turn off the Thumbnail.

Method 3. Stop the file copying process and retry again

If your Windows 10 still gets stuck in copying files after trying Method 1 and Method 2, you can directly stop the process and retry again:

  • Click Cancel on the file copying taskbar.
  • Click Yes to confirm that you want to abort the process.
  • Select files to copy and save to your target hard drive or external storage device again.
  • Wait for the file copying process to complete in Windows 10.

Extra Tip: Restore lost files if file copying fails in Windows 10

If you lost files since 'Windows freeze on copying a file' or Windows 10 copying files failed, don’t worry. Professional data recovery software provided by EaseUS software can effectively help you out with simple steps:

Keep Noted:

  • First, please keep in your mind that once you lost files, stop using the device or folder immediately.
  • Second, try to find the lost files in your Recycle Bin if the lost files were saved on the desktop.
  • Third, turn to the professional file recovery software for help if nothing is found.

Step 1. Connect your device to PC.

If you lost files on an external storage device, connect the storage device to your computer firstly.

Step 2. Run this software and scan the lost file.

Run EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC, specify the location where you lost files and click "Scan" to scan those lost files.

Run data recovery software.

Step 3. Preview and restore file.

After the scanning, you can find and double-click to preview your lost files here:

  • Delete Files: All your deleted files are listed here.
  • Drive (with your device name): It loads all lost files here.
  • Lost Partition Files: Check first if your hard drive is formatted or partition gets deleted.
  • Extra Files: All files that lost names or paths on your drive can be found here.
Scan and find lost files.

Step 4. Choose and restore files.

Finally, select the found files, click "Recover" and navigate to save them to a secure location on your PC or another external storage device.

Restore lost files.