copy files to external HDD

Stephen Morris samorris at
Mon Jan 12 20:09:20 UTC 2015

On 01/12/2015 10:27 PM, A.J. Bonnema wrote:
> On 12-01-15 12:18, A.J. Bonnema wrote:
>> Uhmmmm. They *are* comprehensible, you just need an open mind toward 
>> them. It may help to have someone in your environment who is 
>> experienced in this area. Otherwise, youtube often helps. The command 
>> you need is cp, but beware: it overwrites without warning. Also, for 
>> recursive dive into directories you need a parameter (probably -i). 
>> Check "man cp" before you do anything, and do a trial run on a dummy 
>> target directory before you do the "real thing".
> Sorry, mistyped: it's "cp -r <source> <dest>" in stead of "-i".  I 
> should have checked the man-pages first.
If using the command line you could use "cp -Rf <source> <dest>" which 
will recursively copy directories and overwrite both directories and 
files if they exist on the destination.

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