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How can I automatically copy files to a USB drive when I connect it to my computer?

I am looking for a solution for copying all the files from a specific directory on the hard drive, to a specific directory on a USB memory device, once this device is connected. I have a program that ...
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Parallel file copy from single source to multiple targets?

I have a several large files on optical media I would like to copy to multiple targets - in this case I have two hard drives attached to the same computer. Is there a utility that can function like: ...
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Windows File Copy Dialog: Why is the Estimation So… BAD?

xkcd I know that the Windows copy dialog (in XP) stores the copy in memory first, and is still copying after the dialog closes, so the time is off, but why is the estimation of the time it will ...
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How can I disable Windows Vista / 7 Explorer's “auto sort” after file copying?

One of the things that really annoys me in Windows Vista / Windows 7 is the new "auto sort" feature. In Windows XP, whenever you copy a bunch of files to a folder, they are all placed at the end of ...
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Recovering data from a hard drive with bad sectors

A friend of mine recently gave me a laptop that wasn't booting past the Windows screen. I replaced the hard drive with a new one and put the old hard drive in my comp. to try and recover the data. ...
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Resume interrupted file copy Mac OS X

My laptop froze up in the middle of a (large) file copy from my desktop (over a simple LAN). The copy operation was about 2/3 complete when this happened and I was just wondering how (if at all) I can ...
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How to copy files while not modifying the file creation times at all?

Just like the cut and paste works: it doesnt modify the file creation times at all. Where to get such program? I dont want to lose the info when my files were createn, and i dont want to cut/paste ...
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Find document files and copy them to another directory

This is a bit of a basic question but I'm trying to copy all .doc files I find in a directory and copy them to another directory. I know each command: find -name '*.doc' . and: cp filename ...
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How can I recursively copy files by file extension, preserving directory structure?

At the Linux command line, I'd like to copy a (very large) set of .txt files from one directory (and its subdirectories) to another. I need the directory structure to stay intact, and I need to ...
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Linux equivalent to robocopy?

It's kind of funny, there are a lot of ways in which Linux command line tools are vastly superior to Windows ones, but one thing I have not found an equivalent to is robocopy. Robocopy is way more ...
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Any option to change Windows XP default Copy Here naming from “Copy of {name}.{ext}” to “{name}.{ext}.copy”

Is there an option or tool that will allow me to change the default naming convention for files copied into the same directory in Windows (XP) and above. e.g. from: Copy of {name}.{ext} to: ...
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Copy all files in subfolders to single folder on XP

How do I copy all the files in a folder and all of the files in its subfolders to a single folder on XP?
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Copy directory structure without copying files, on Mac OS X

I'd like to duplicate the directory structure in some directory to another, without copying any actual files. In place of the files, I'd like either a blank file with the same name, or a symlink to ...
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Moving large files between Windows machines

I need to move a large file from one laptop to another. Can I just join the two machines with an ethernet cable and create a shared folder on my desktop or is it more complicated than that? Update ...
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Ways of file copy

I sometimes found that when using simple right-click and copy-and-paste, some files/directories are not copied completely or not at all, because of various reasons, such as some saved webpage ...
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How to preserve file attributes when one copies files in Windows?

On Linux, we can simply do: cp -pr directory How to do that in Windows? Can it be done in Windows Explorer? Any GUI tool suggestions? It would be the best if I can keep the NTFS permissions and ...
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Copy Folders from one Unix server to another?

I would like to copy a folder from one Unix server to another Unix server. Can anyone tell me if there is a method or command to to achieve this?
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Why is my file copying slowly?

I am trying to duplicate a folder (around 1GB) in the same directory and the copy rate is quite slow (getting around 600kbps). I can download large files from the Internet faster than that (2/3 ...
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How can I get the “dir” and “copy” commands to operate on “*.xyz” but not “*.xyz~”?

When I use copy *.txt somefolder\ the system seems to copy all *.txt~ files too, which is not what I want. A similar same effect can be seen with dir: C:\Users\Paul\Documents\Programs\Proffy>dir ...
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Is there a Windows command line tool to copy files to remote computers?

I'm looking for a way to copy files over to/from remote Windows hosts, and need to provide domain user credentials as part of the process, similar to the way psexec does. I know I can use net use to ...
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Vim: Copy selection

Having a chunk of text selected in Vim's visual mode, I'd like to copy that to the system's clipboard (be it the primary or X11's). Is there an easy solution for this? Obviously, a simple y doesn't do ...
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What's a good tool/addin for Windows to copy a file's path?

I often find that I need the full path of file, often when that file is on the desktop/start menu (i.e., not viewing within Explorer). (There's a related question but it's asking for a solution in ...
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Windows 7 copy files dialog - option to replace on CRC mismatch?

Started using 7 : nice of them to ask me if I want my files to be replaced/skipped/renamed but very poor implementation : is there a way to tell windows to immediately replace files on CRC match and ...
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How can I prevent file copy in my usb stick?

I want to prevent other users of copying my files from my usb stick. Is there any method to do that?
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Can I make scp ask before overwriting an existing file?

Is there a possibility (man scp didn't reveal any) to make scp interactive like cp -i? That is, scp asks, if the target exists, if it may overwrite it? If yes, does it work locally and remote? If ...
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Copying Windows Installation to another HD

I have a new HD in my laptop and made a big mistake... i installed debian first and need windows also for some programms which will not run under wine or in VM, so i wanted to install windows now on ...
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Copy & Paste in Vista / Explorer broken (not MS-VPC)

On vista copy & paste has recently stopped working in "explorer" or whatever the hell they call their file manager, it is limited to only files / directories, copying text/graphics/random junk ...
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Can I copy files automatically from a hard-drive when it is inserted?

Is there a way to start coping all the files from a external hard-drive to another external hard-drive automatically when it's inserted? I don't know the drive letter of both drives before. Is this ...
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Force copy files off CRC error filled hard drive

So I have a dying Western Digital hard drive and I have a new Western Digital hard drive that I want to transfer all the data to. I have the new HDD hooked up by a SATA to USB adapter. I want to ...
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Windows File copier with hash support

I've looked at a lot of the copy tools available on windows such as RichCopy and RoboCopy but they all seem to use date/time stamp comparisons to determine whether or not do the copy. What I'm ...
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Copy images back to camera and make the camera recognize them

Is there a way to get jpeg images taken with a digital camera and downloaded to the computer back to the memory card and make the camera recognize them, so that you can view it in the camera display ...