Questions about copying in the context of file managemenent and backing up.

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Intelligent file copy/move software?

Is there any intelligent (and-well integrated in the system) replacement for file copy/move ? By intelligent, I mean : on conflict, do not prompt the user while stopping the copy but prompt and, in ...
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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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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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Tool to copy files of HDD with bad sectors

I have an external HDD that is starting to fail, it has some bad sectors. It's a 1TB fujitsu siemens case with a western digital HDD inside. Eventually I will backup the whole drive with some ...
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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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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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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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Is there any way a user can view or copy non-editable GUI controls' contents at runtime?

Here are two examples of what I mean: I am sure you all too have experienced this frustration before. A dialog box opens that displays only part of a long string (e.g. a file path), but won't allow ...
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Explorer.exe Shutdown when copy or cut files and folders

I'v a problem with my Windows 7 Pro that is when i copy or cut any file from any folder to another it crashes and close then relaunch explorer.exe how could i solve this problem ? any help? Thanks
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Windows XP: Can I paste plain text by default?

I regularly copy and paste text between spreadsheets, emails, browser windows, etc. I can't think of a single time when I've wanted to keep the formatting from the source text. I already know about ...
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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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How to easily port VirtualBox machines?

I have used VMware for a long time. VMware saves all information for one machine in one diretory. This means it is easy to zip and copy. Now I switched to VirtualBox. VirtualBox seems to save the ...
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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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Is there a queue copy program available for windows (7)?

When copying a lot of files all from different locations to the same location, using windows explorer, windows always creates multiple copy processes, slowing everything down. How can I queue copy ...
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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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How to copy only new files AND only those that are modified after a certain date?

I would like to copy files from one drive to another, but I only want to copy source files that are newer than the destination file. BUT, I also want to only copy source files that have been changed ...
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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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Multiple USB HDD (ext2 ) copy simultaneously

I want to create a image file from an external USB HDD (ext2 partition) which has large data ( 50 – 70 GB) to an internal IDE / SATA disk first, then restore that image file to multiple USB HDD ...
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How to insert empty rows in Excel 2013 when I have copied rows in my clipboard?

This seems like something which should be painfully simple to do but I can't figure it out. So with an empty clipboard I can right click on a row header and say insert row, no problem, it inserts a ...
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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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Parallel copy from one source to multiple destinations simultaneously. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Multiple USB HDD (ext2 ) copy simultaneously Parallel file copy from single source to multiple targets? Is any program (Linux /Windows) can copy large data (60 - 80 GB) ...
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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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PuTTY how to select text and copy text using keyboard ONLY

Is there any way of selecting a text with keyboard the way I do it normally using Shift+arrows.
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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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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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How to prevent long file name error copying from an external drive?

I have an external hard drive with many files (800 GB). I want to copy the entire contents of the external hard drive to my local drive. get many errors about long file name or long file path. ...
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Copying files with SSH

I am trying to copy a file from my other computer, to another computer. (both running Ubuntu 9.10) So say: I've ssh'ed into the other computer; i 'cd' to the directory; and i entered cp File.zip ...
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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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Why is the physical size of a .dylib file smaller than it's logical size?

There is a behavior I cannot explain in OSX Lion (might be on other versions too). When I copy or duplicate some applications, for example iTunes, that contain some dynamic libraries, the physical ...
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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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Homeserver for the command “scp user@server:file localhost@server:mycomp/”?

Problem: to get the cammond "scp file user@server:" (source) work vice versa. I need a server on my local machine so I can copy files to-and-fro like: ROOT+SERVER+FILE <---- Commands? ...
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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 to change the delimiter when you copy from Excel and paste to notepad

I would like to copy cells from Excel, and paste it to notepad with comma as delimiter, in stead of tab(which it is). Is there any way to do this without doing a replace in Notepad or saving the ...
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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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How can I disable access denied when copying from network drive to program files?

I have a mapped network drive (to samba on local network) and when I try to copy a file from it to Program Files or other "secure" folders UAC pops up I confirm, and it still gives me access denied. ...
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Excel: copy cell formatting in equation

If I make an equation: ' on cell A2 =A1 Is there a way to make A2 have the exact same formatting as A1 and not just the value? EDIT: i.e. I want a FORMULA that copies both the value and the ...
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How to copy text from Java program?

I am using a Java program called JDownloader v0.9.581 and I wish to copy the full file and link list from main scrolling window. JDownloader has no way to save the full list as a text file. I have ...
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How to copy information from 1 .PST file to another

I have been using an Outlook Data file for a long time now and have many calendar events, tasks, notes, and contacts. I recently got an exchange account set up and would like to know if there is a way ...
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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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How do I create an image of a hard drive

I have an old laptop with a 20 gb hard drive, a spare 60 gb hard drive, and I'd like to convert the laptop to use the new larger drive by copying an image of the 20 gb drive onto the new drive and ...
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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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Modify and copy DVD [duplicate]

I have a existing DVD (happens to be Windows 7), and I would like to copy it to another DVD. Before doing so, I would like to slightly modify the content by deleting a single file. I can either use ...
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How can I copy cells in Excel 2007 and paste with formatting

I am wanting to be able to copy cells in a worksheet and paste them elsewhere in the same worksheet while maintaining the original formatting. I also want to be able to paste into Word and Outlook ...
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Program to swap files between drives?

Has anyone built a program/script to transfer files between 2 hard drives, but like if both are near full....so one copies 1 file over then the other copies the other file, then they delete the files ...
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Command/script to copy files with certain ext, which may have the same name, from folder structure to singe directory and rename

From a source directory structure (multiple folders), I need to copy all csv files to a single target directory. I found a command to do this, though files of the same name exist within different ...
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How can I copy my Tomcat Catalina.out files from Amazon EC2 to my local machine?

I want to copy my Catalina.out from my Amazon EC2 instance to my local machine. How can I do it?
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ddrescue in ubuntu

I want to copy from a damaged external HDD having a size of 500GB. I will use ddrescue for this. Can I use like the following: I want to copy only one directory(named 'Important Docs') from 500GB ...