By Ivy / Last update September 21, 2020

About Secure Copy

Secure Copy is a data migration software designed by Quest Software Inc. using the secure copy protocol (SCP). During 2012-2016, Dell acquired the Quest software. Therefore, Secure Copy also named Dell Secure Copy.

Secure Copy allows you migrate data from one server to another, move data to NAS or SAN devices in Windows Server and PCs systems like Windows Server 2008 (R2), 2012 (R2), 2016, and Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7.

Based on BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) and RCP (Remote Copy Protocol), Secure Copy supports file transfers between Servers over a network or NAS device. Secure Copy migrates not only files, but also the attributes, NTFS security settings, folders, local users and groups, ownership, etc. 

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How to Use Secure Copy to Remote Transfer Files?

To make it clear on how to transfer files remotely, you could refer to the following guide:

1. Open Secure Copy software, click New button at the toolbar, input Job Name and hit OK.

Secure Copy New Job 

2. Click Source to locate the source files you would like to transfer, Click Target to choose the location to save the files from the source.

Choose Source And Destination 

3. Customize other settings for the task, like copy location, synchronization, Filter, email notifications, etc.

4. Press Run at the toolbar to perform this file transfer task with Quest Secure Copy software.

Secure Copy Failure Problems

However, you will get the Secure Copy Failure error sometimes while updating BIOS or drivers, like this, Secure Copy Failure - The Secure copy function has failed.

And there are some other limitations you should be aware of:

  • Some files can't show properly when using this program.

  • The user interface might a little challenging. Complex steps often confuse users.

  • Less-strong features can’t meet various needs of users.

If you stuck in these limitations, It’s highly recommended to use the Secure Copy alternative to enjoy more powerful features to migrate data.

The Best Secure Copy Alternative – AOMEI Backupper

As the best Dell Secure Copy alternative, AOMEI Backupper Server is embedded with more features, the intuitive user interface and powerful features make your operations effortless. It’s especially designed for Windows Servers and PCs, like Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019, including R2, Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, Vista.

To show you how it works to migrate data between servers easily, please refer to the following words:

Before migrating data, please:

  • Create a shared folder on the destination Windows Server computer, then do the following.

  • Install AOMEI Backupper Server on your source Windows Sever computer.

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Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP

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Step 1. Launch the best Dell Secure Copy alternative - AOMEI Backupper Server, choose Sync > Basic Sync afterwards.

File Sync

Step 2. Click Add Folder button to choose the folders that you would like to sync. Rename the Task Name if you prefer.

Add Folder

Tip: Click File Filter icon it to set up specific requirements, like automatically backup files with a certain file extension.

Step 3. Hit on the inverted triangle icon > Select a network location > Add Network Location > input Display Name and Network Path (Destination Windows Server IP address), hit OK to add the network shared folder on the destination Windows Server.

Select Network Path

Add Network Path

Step 4. Set other settings by clicking Options and Schedule if you want.

a) Options: It enables you to get email or SMS notification, comment on the sync task, use pre-command or post-command to execute specified program or script before or after the sync, etc.
b) Schedule: 5 modes provided in the Schedule, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event Triggers, USB plug in. Event triggers help you sync file and folder via 4 events, System startup, System shutdown, User logon, User logoff.

Schedule Settings General

Step 5. Press Start Sync >> button to sync files and folders with Secure Copy alternative easily and safely.

Start Sync Scheduled

After transferring files to a network, files on the share folder are identical to the folder on the source Server, including settings, attributes and so on. After syncing, the Servers on the same LAN can copy and view the folders.

If you would like to keep the two folder or more folders exactly the same as soon as possible, please try Real Time Sync to keep the files and folders always the up to date.

Or you could try the two way sync to keep the folders on the two sides be synced to the other to keep two servers identical. Another sync feature may be help, Mirror Sync.

If there are something files and folders you just want to create image file to keep it safe, please try File Backup to easily get it done. To save you disk space, you could try incremental or differential backup to backup only the changed files or newly added files since the last (full) backup.


What is Quest Secure Copy? How to use it to remote file transfer? You will find the step by step guide to learn more. If you stuck in Secure Copy failure problem, please try the best Quest Secure Copy alternative - AOMEI Backupper Server to enjoy more powerful features and copy files easily and safely.

To protect your data safely, you could sync Windows Server to OneDrive. If you want to protect unlimited PCs and servers within your company, you may choose AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus.