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ceecilt

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I have purchased a new 2TB external HDD. I want to backup my old one (also 2TB) by copying everything to the new one. It's about 1.6TB.

I assume a Copy/Paste transfer would not work (I always seem to encounter one error or another, when I try to Copy more than 40 or 50GB at a time). And I'd rather not babysit it for hours, copying chunk by chunk.

They're both NTFS by default, if that's important.
 

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When you say copy, do you mean the copy in the picture ?

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ceecilt

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Well I use Rightclick > Copy, or Ctrl+C. Not sure if the Copy To button is the same function?

(I don't trust Explorer to copy everything at once. It always seems to freeze or fail eventually.)
 

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Well I use Rightclick > Copy, or Ctrl+C. Not sure if the Copy To button is the same function?

(I don't trust Explorer to copy everything at once. It always seems to freeze or fail eventually.)

I use it to copy to USB drives.
It works good for me.

screenshot_245.jpg

Unless you you try it you will not know if it works or not.
 

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play2mefish

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I would use ROBOCOPY from a cmd prompt:

robocopy d:\ e:\ /MIR

You can find more information on Robocopy here: http://www.computerhope.com/robocopy.htm

OR you can always use a disk copy utility to do the copy too.

Hope this helps.
 

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KYHI

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When you say copy - are you meaning CLONE the old disk?
Or are you looking to make a backup of the old disk?

why you want everything from old disk on new disk? as backup? or to replace old disk with new?
 

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ceecilt

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Update: I decided to try using Explorer's Copy function as D Bailey suggested. Decided to just try one folder (~650GB) first, and it's still running and no signs of impending failure (previously, when I tried to copy large amounts at a time, the speed would gradually decrease until it reached 1Kb/s, and then I'd get an Explorer message, Operation Failed or something). So far so good.

KYHI: I don't understand the distinction between cloning and copying, but, basically I am just doing a 1-time backup. The old HDD will serve as long-term storage, and the new one (a nice lightweight SSD) will be a convenient day-to-day copy.

play2mefish
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Thanks, this was the advice I was actually trying to ask for. If I run into problems with Explorer I'll switch to robocopy (thanks for linking to the guide), and if that fails, I'll try the disk copy utility that came with my new drive. Much appreciated.
 

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