Question what is the best way to transfer the files

shadi shtaklef

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i have an old external hard disk which is 2tb and it is nearly full so i will buy a bigger external hard disk which is 4tb and i want to transfer all the files from the old to the new

i know i can connect both external hard disks to a computer and i select all files in the old, copy then paste in the new but i need a better way to transfer all the files to the new

i found out that it can be done by using robocopy but i am not sure what the command i need to type is. assume the old is X: and the new is Y:. i need the following functions to happen:-
  1. a mirror image is created from the old and it is transferred to the new
  2. a progress bar shows
  3. if there are any read or write errors then they should be logged
also can i transfer the files in another way?
 

Phillip Corcoran

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In my opinion copy/paste is the best option here. Keep it simple.
You'll gain nothing by using Robocopy as transfer speed will be dictated by the two USB interfaces whatever method is used.

A progress bar will be shown for the paste process.
Errors will be reported immediately but I don't think they'll be logged anywhere.
 

USAFRet

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Copy/paste.
What 'better way' are you looking for?

Also, don't select ALL of the data at once. Assuming there are multiple top level folders, do one at a time.
If it fails for any reason, you'll have a better clue where it left off.
 
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Satan-IR

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As said, do a copy/paste. All other applications basically do the same.

Keep in mind that since (assuming) both drives are USB it will take a long time. So if the computer is a laptop make sure its charger/adapter is plugged in.
 

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