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Move entire HDD content (music) to another, Moved from Audio Hardware
Robocopchris
post Mar 22 2012, 13:05
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Hello!

Im planning to replace an external hdd by another, bigger one.
Besides many files, the old hdd contents many audio files, merely flac, that i ripped from vinyls, many stuff i did by myself etc.
In other words, for me the files have a very high value.

Now, simply moving the content via win7 from one to another hdd makes me wonder, if there is the chance of any writing errors or anything like that.

As many times, when youre not very familiar with one topic I wonder, if theres a certain procedure "garanteeing" the best way to copy files with the danger of corruption etc.
Besides, this topic also regards this whole maintainance issue of digital information, like will my data some day get lost simple by being stored on a hdd?

Well this is a thing, I de be happy with to read some articles, if you know anything, Id be happy if ud share it.

At first I wondern, if this copy past thing is enough, am I just too hysterical, or is there certain information, that would help me out smile.gif?


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soulsearchingsun
post Mar 23 2012, 12:12
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Looking at these replies and having moved several hundreds of GB around on my computers with Windows shell makes me wonder: Has anyone actually had errors while writing that slipped unnoticed? (On a healthy drive, that is)
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post Mar 23 2012, 14:39
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QUOTE (soulsearchingsun @ Mar 23 2012, 12:12) *
Has anyone actually had errors while writing that slipped unnoticed? (On a healthy drive, that is)


You want to know when a drive is about to fail too. Last four years I've had four or five HDD failures (the possible fifth not sorted out yet, might be just a file system corruption -- it is my OS disk so I have just backed it up and continue running). Disregarding the ten-year-old (I used to store downloaded OS images on those) and the brand-new DOA, then for both of the two remaining ones, then bit-verification of copying has been precisely what has told me that the drives were about to fail. (There might very well have been a Windows bubble warning about delay write failed, but I wasn't staring on the screen for the entire eight hours and I don't want to rely on that.)

I've also had a couple of cases where a USB bridge failed, corrupting the file system (NTFS, unknown version, but on XP MCE or XP SP2 or SP3), but the drive itself was OK. Again, bit-verification was precisely what warned me that the data were not written correctly.


It should be mentioned that some utilities might give you some false positives due to timestamps -- at least, there is a known issue between FAT and NTFS (local time vs UTC). Some utilities will first look at the timestamp, find that the recently copied-to target file looks older than the source, and then overwrite, without checking that the files are actually different.

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- Robocopchris   Move entire HDD content (music) to another   Mar 22 2012, 13:05
- - pdq   Take a look at the XCOPY command with the /V (veri...   Mar 22 2012, 13:18
- - Porcus   I am using XXCOPY (not xcopy -- notice the double ...   Mar 22 2012, 13:31
|- - rick.hughes   QUOTE (Porcus @ Mar 22 2012, 08:31) ... Q...   Mar 22 2012, 13:45
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (Porcus @ Mar 22 2012, 13:31) You d...   Mar 22 2012, 15:19
|- - rick.hughes   QUOTE (Nessuno @ Mar 22 2012, 10:19) QUOT...   Mar 22 2012, 16:56
|- - pdq   QUOTE The "media" section of that wiki a...   Mar 22 2012, 17:23
- - Maggi   I'd recommend Total Commander, using its built...   Mar 22 2012, 14:06
- - g0a   Id recommend TeraCopy (with verify option) for th...   Mar 22 2012, 22:10
|- - pablogm123   QUOTE (g0a @ Mar 22 2012, 22:10) Id reco...   Mar 25 2012, 15:14
- - soulsearchingsun   Looking at these replies and having moved several ...   Mar 23 2012, 12:12
|- - probedb   QUOTE (soulsearchingsun @ Mar 23 2012, 11...   Mar 23 2012, 12:30
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (soulsearchingsun @ Mar 23 2012, 12...   Mar 23 2012, 14:39
|- - washu   QUOTE (soulsearchingsun @ Mar 23 2012, 07...   Mar 23 2012, 15:08
- - dhromed   I have migrated my /install/ folder across several...   Mar 23 2012, 14:36
- - icstm   A couple of points 1)For a gui showing progress, ...   Mar 23 2012, 14:55
- - kraut   I have several harddrive backups, a raid 5 8TB for...   Apr 4 2012, 05:46
|- - soulsearchingsun   QUOTE (kraut @ Apr 4 2012, 05:46) They sh...   Apr 4 2012, 16:40
- - Lord Crow   I used TeraCopy twice yesterday to back up to 2 di...   Apr 5 2012, 10:31


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