big backup file

Karl F. Larsen klarsen1 at
Sat Jan 16 14:34:33 UTC 2010

Georg von Zengen wrote:
> Hi,
> please tell us what you are trying to do.

	I am backing up my computer to a hard drive (HD) in a plastic 
case that connects to my computer with a USB cable.

  I think gparted is not the
> right tool to see howmuch space is left on a device.

	I think that is correct!

  If you are using
> gnome just rightclick on the directory in which you expect backup and
> click "properties", if you just have a shell use "du -hs <directory in
> which you expect backup>".

	Thank YOU! I had lost the du -hs and that is exactly what I 

> Also I do not expect any benefit of writing a new partitiontable.
> Georg
	I could not do that of course until I took the HD out of the 
plastic case and put back in my computer.

> Karl F. Larsen wrote:
>> Chris wrote:
>>> On Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:34:11 -0700
>>> "Karl F. Larsen" <klarsen1 at> wrote:
>>>> Chris wrote:
>>>>> On Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:16:38 -0700
>>>>> "Karl F. Larsen" <klarsen1 at> wrote:
>>>>>> Johnneylee Rollins wrote:
>>>>>>> On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 3:55 PM, Karl F. Larsen
>>>>>>> <klarsen1 at> wrote:
>>>>>>>>        Yesterday I backed up with rsync -avz my 9.4 Ubuntu which
>>>>>>>> I expected to be about 25 GB; lots of pictures ect. I looked at
>>>>>>>> the backup hard drive and Gparted says the backup is
>>>>>>>> 147GB!NautilusAlmost the entire hard drive.
>>>>> Karl - I'm wondering. Why would you use Gparted? Unless Gparted
>>>>> shows more then disk drives and partitions.
>>>>> Are you really trying to see how large a drive/partition is or are
>>>>> you trying to view the size of the possible archive itself?
>>>> 	Well I was expecting to see about a 25GB archive. Instead I 
>>>> see a 147 GB archive. There needs to be a reason.
>>>> 73 Karl
>>> Curious. If you are using Gnome, try using Nautilus and is possible, go
>>> to the 147 gig partition/drive and see if your archive is there. If so,
>>> how large is it?
>>> I could be wrong (so forgive me if I am) but I suspect your using the
>>> incorrect tool for what you want to do.
>>> Possible?
>> 	Chris I begin to think Gparted can't work through the USB 
>> port to the backup hard drive. I did some things that should 
>> have worked but they didn't.
>> 	So will try mkdir and fdisk to do what I want and see if they 
>> are more successful.
>> 73 Karl


	Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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