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My Gosh ! (how do I use Linux to back up a drive?)

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Posted 25 February 2017 - 11:32 PM

since 7:30 AM trying to get a full copy of a 400G win7 drive
guess I should have spent that 2 hours sorting thru google garbage, to find out which app to use
use cp... no it doesn't copy this type
use dd, not it doesn't copy free space
use soem 3rd pary app, cost $$
so after about 45 mins, instead, I used that lil red X up in the top right corner and ditched google
used bulk select, copy and paste
& went about my business for the day
Come back to find...
It halted to say, can't copy security key, file was nice to wait on me
wasn't worth a DM for halting on.. SHOULD HAVE JUST DONE IT
after it, it is root access.
waiting all day for me to come back and say ok, sucked pretty hard
shin kick
what app is best for diskcopy
then bulk multi directory & file copy
AND WILL DO security keys too
(as well as cross platform/format)
what is up with only using 1.30 Gb of 16G RAM  & 8  (never even touched) Swap
to copy 400G of data?
and taking hours to do it
is there a way to have "apply action to all files" ... actually apply to ALL, there after?
That original copy, just finshed
16 hrs
ended in a error, saying not enough space
from nother drive, which is the same exact size
931Gb formatted, can't hold a 400G copy
PFFFTP!  ... sounds so windows-ish
off to see what happens with cmd robocopy

Edited by Al1000, 26 February 2017 - 05:10 AM.
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#2 Al1000


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Posted 26 February 2017 - 05:18 AM

Hi bumping,

I added "(how do I use Linux to back up a drive?)" to the title of the topic so that people will know what it's about.

The dd command copies everything at bit level. I.E. it doesn't see files and folders, it just sees 1s and 0s.

Personally I use rsync for backing up files and folders: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/594582/backing-up-linux/

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 11:07 AM

Thank You Al


I'll read it, and check out rsync





--delete, raised a eyebrow right quick. lol

Edited by bumping, 26 February 2017 - 11:09 AM.

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 11:09 AM

Here's a few useful articles for backing up using Linux ...











... I've never personally Used Linux to backup a Windows drive, since I use Windows tools to do that, so I can't say for sure whether the articles above will help with your specific circumstances or not.

Edited by Gary R, 26 February 2017 - 11:19 AM.

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 11:08 AM

I'm slow,

but now that I don't have to boot from one, to the other

I am twice as fast as, not as slow, as I was.


accomplished my Nvidia, AND FANS





hw monitoring/cpu & case fans



might even get adventurous and see about bi-secting Conky

prior to trying that, probably ought to get it installed

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