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Can I use a PC as a intermediary between two ext HDD's ?

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What I'm talking about is that I have one ext docking station that I use with a internl HDD. The other ext HDD is a stand alone self contained slower speed 5400 rpm it's one of those Western Dig passport portable. Both connect to the PC with USB 2.0 by the way.

I want to xfer the 600gigs of data thats on my 5400rpm portable which I want to move it to my 1TB 7200rpm ext dock.

So what I was thinking was hooking both ext HDD's to the PC and the PC would be intermediary between both. I would xfer the 600gigs of data right to the other ext HDD.

My question is it safe to do this ? Is it better ideal to xfer the 600gigs to the PC then the PC to the other HDD ext ?

I might be over thinking this. I don't know if it's a good ideal or not because of the diff type of ext HDD's & diff speeds.

While I'm on the subject what about a USB thumb drive to a ext HDD and then what about a ext HDD 2.0 device xfering or recieving from a USB3.0 ext HHD ? Do any of the above could cause a problem ? I just want to know.



thanks alot and sorry I asked many questions.
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Yes, you can do that and it should be safe. Probably a little bit safer to copy from the external to the other external and deleting after if you meant you were moving the files rather than just making another copy.
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Just to be on the safe side - I'd copy from external to PC, then copy to new drive... than copy or move from USB to USB drive.

Check /scan both drives for errors (in depth scan @boot)
Defragment drives.
Disconnect from net
Shut down all unneeded apps- the less things you have going on the less chance for your data to get corrupted.
Run a A/V scan-full.
(You might also disable your A/V during file transfers if you don't run a full scan)...
Do not transfer during storms, bad weather

A good app for transferring individual files is a FREE app from Microsoft called RichCopy. RichCopy is a free utility that comes to us from Ken Tamaru of Microsoft
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The tool was first developed in 2001 and has been updated regularly to keep pace with evolving needs. Trust me when I tell you, this is the answer to all your file copying needs. What you’ll find most striking the first time you take RichCopy out for a spin is that it’s a multithreaded copying tool. That means that rather than copying one file at a time in serial order, RichCopy can open multiple threads simultaneously, allowing many files to be copied in parallel and cutting the total time required to complete the operation several times over. You can also pause and resume file copy operations, so if you lose network connectivity at any point, you can just pick up where you left off.

Note= Google for latest version.
http://www.microsoftpost.com/7035/mi...ight-richcopy/

http://www.google.com/search?q=richcopy+microsoft&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-USfficial&client=firefox-a

A alternative way to copy would be to IMAGE the partitions.
Edited by WeAreNotAlone - 12/31/10 at 1:52pm
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^ Advertising?

Anyways, the OS and hardware handle any speed differences between the two drives, nothing to worry about there. I will add, though, that you should copy+paste instead of cut+paste, in case a drive gets unplugged or something mid-transfer.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MrLinky View Post
^ Advertising?

Anyways, the OS and hardware handle any speed differences between the two drives, nothing to worry about there. I will add, though, that you should copy+paste instead of cut+paste, in case a drive gets unplugged or something mid-transfer.
RE: ^ Advertising? comment in regard to my post.

What are you talking about? RichCopy is a free utility.

I suggest you check it out- compare how it compares to the standard copy and paste before dissing it.


Here's another supercharged copying app:

http://blogs.howtogeek.com/mysticgee...-file-copying/
Quote:
You will see progress indicators in the user interface while the files are copying, and you can pause, resume, or cancel the process. In the instance of an error TeraCopy will only skip the file after trying several times to correct the issue. If nothing can be done, TeraCopy will only skip the file and not cancel the entire process. This is a huge advantage compared to relying on a Windows transfer.


"Advertising" from Teracopy site:
Quote:
TeraCopy is a compact program designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed, providing the user with a lot of features:

* Copy files faster. TeraCopy uses dynamically adjusted buffers to reduce seek times. Asynchronous copy speeds up file transfer between two physical hard drives.
* Pause and resume file transfers. Pause copy process at any time to free up system resources and continue with a single click.
* Error recovery. In case of copy error, TeraCopy will try several times and in the worse case just skip the file, not terminating the entire transfer.
* Interactive file list. TeraCopy shows failed file transfers and lets you fix the problem and recopy only problem files.
* Shell integration. TeraCopy can completely replace Explorer copy and move functions, allowing you work with files as usual.
* Full Unicode support.
* Windows 7 x64 support.
Tidbit from the net:
Quote:
You can also use TeraCopy to diff the contents of two directories by running a "Test" copy, which shows you which files exist in the destination directory as compared to the source. If you've ever had Windows fail at the very last minute of a multi-gigabyte file copy, TeraCopy's for you.

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Edited by WeAreNotAlone - 1/5/11 at 11:58am
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