Transferring files from one storage to another local or remote storage.

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What are some options for transfering large files without using the Internet? [closed]

My employer's Internet connection is extremely slow. It's a $6,000 a month, 9 Mb, bonded T1, shared by over 150 users. It's not untypical to see regular file transfer speeds of 20-100 KBps. And ...
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How to move VirtualBox files?

By default VirtualBox stores all data in a directory below the home directory. I know how to change it but how can I change the location of existing images (without editing VirtualBox.xml manually)? ...
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What's the difference between scp and sftp?

Usually, I use the scp command to transfer files on *nixes. What's the difference between SFTP and SCP? Don't they both work on SSH?
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Transferring “large” file off of MS-DOS 5.0 Machine (without removing HDD)

As part of some sort of legal record-keeping thing, my father's business lawyers has requested a copy of the database of customers from a work computer. The core issue is that this work computer is a ...
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Best way to get data off a computer with no support for USB or Ethernet?

A customer has a computer running Windows 98 (I know, cringe) and needs to take some data off the computer to put on a new laptop. I've tried using USB, but Windows 98 doesn't have USB storage ...
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Best way to transfer files over a LAN between two Linux computers

I want to transfer files (a music folder) between two Linux computers. After searching for the best way to do this, I've seen that there are lots of ways of doing this. I know this has been asked a ...
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When I transfer files between servers on my desktop is my computer an intermediary?

For example, on a Windows based system I have two windows explorer programs opened and in each explorer window I am viewing the contents of two server's files. Now, if I were to transfer files ...
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Windows Alternative to Rsync? [closed]

I'm trying to setup a file sync between the file server at my house and the one at my brother's so that we each have offsite backups of important data. Both systems are running Windows (XP on one, 7 ...
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How to transfer a file over pen and paper, with error correction

I'm looking for a way to transfer a file using only a pen and paper. This is somewhat similar to paperbak, except the density I'm looking for is much, much lower, and I don't want to use a printer or ...
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How long would it take to transfer 1TB over USB 2.0?

This might be a completely stupid question because it is conceivably highly dependent on the respective disk speeds. But I am thinking that there is a speed cap that is specific to USB 2.0 that would ...
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Easiest way to send 20GB folder

What's the easiest way to give someone a 20GB folder? I've thought about starting a bittorrent, but it seems like there must be a simpler way. It's too big to email or upload to any free filesharing ...
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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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Why is distributing random pieces of a file faster than a contiguous transfer?

Why is it said that BitTorrent is faster, partly, because it transfers random pieces of a file instead of transferring it from start to finish in a contiguous/linear fashion? EDIT: But why do they ...
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How do I upload huge files across the internet without using P2P?

I work remotely and have 44GB of media files that I need to send back to my office. There are lots of free services out there that can handle up to 2GB, but I haven't seen talk of anything larger. ...
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How can I send super large files directly to another computer in the Internet for free? [closed]

I regulary need to transfer very large files (30 GB) to my friend - financial statistics. I don't have any problem with bandwidth: it is very broad here. I did some research in the area, so: 1. I ...
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What does the processor do when I copy things from one USB disk to another?

Is all data that I copy going through it or is there another more direct way?
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What is the most reliable way to send a big file between two Windows computers via network? [duplicate]

The file is around 170GB. I wouldn't upload it on the FTP, and download it. It is not reliable, sometime, connections drop, and it will have big trouble. So, is there any better way to do so? Anyone ...
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Transfering about 300gb in files from one server to another

I have about 200,000 files that I am transferring to a new server today. I haven't done anything on such a large scale before, and wanted to get some advice on how I should go about this. I am ...
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Is it slower to copy two files at the same time than to copy one after the other? [duplicate]

My boss was saying it takes longer to copy two files at the same time than doing one and then the other because the hard drive has to keep switching the head between the two locations on disk. Is this ...
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Direct transfer of a file between two computers on the Internet

I'm looking for a simple but direct way to transfer a file of any kind and any size between two people. If possible, having only a web browser, without having the file stored on a third machine ...
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What's the fastest way to transfer files between 2 computers? [closed]

Let's say that I have 80Gb of data to transfer from one computer to another. What's the fastest method to transfer that files? Network transfer? DVD Recording? Copying in a pen drive? Removing one ...
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500 Mbit/s powerline network, only 3.5 Mbyte/s transfer speed?

I have a TP-Link 500 Mbit/s Gigabit Powerline Adapter linking two computers (one Windows Vista and one Windows 7) in different rooms in the house. As in: Computer <-Ethernet ...
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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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How to move Users folder in Windows 7 to another drive in order to save space in SSD main drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Moving users folder on Windows Vista/Seven to another partition I've just assembled a new computer and I am using an 120GB SSD as the main drive and a regular 1TB disk ...
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SCP between two networks

I need to transfer a file between two computers that are not connected to the same network. I got a third computer that can see both networks through a VPN. From the third computer, I can do: scp ...
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Which is faster, copying everything at once or one thing at a time?

I am transferring a bunch (20+) of large (1GB+) files to my external flash drive over USB 2.0. Is it quicker to just sling them all over at once (as in one at a time but not waiting for the previous ...
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Is there a way to transfer thousand of small files faster on Windows 7?

I noticed that if I transfer a few large files between two hard drives, it's pretty speedy, at around at least 30 MB per second, but if I transfer thousands of files less than 5 KB, it is ...
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best way of moving files to a DOS machine?

I've got an old DOS (read: abandonware) machine running my old DOS games (as referenced here). I'm finding that over time, my floppies are starting to die and become completely unreadable. So ...
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File transfer speed over Wifi 54g?

What's the maximum transfer speed you get, (or I can get) for files transfer between two wifi-connected computers ? Im on computer A trying to copy a big file from computer B, they are side by side ...
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Inverse multiplexing to speed up file transfer

I have send a large amount of data from one machine to another. If I send with rsync (or any other method), it will go at a steady 320kb/sec. If I initiate two or three transfers at once, each will go ...
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How do I transfer a video from an iPhone 3GS to my computer?

I recorded a bunch of video on my iPhone 3GS and want to copy it all to my computer without emailing each one individually to myself (in addition, some of the videos are too big to email). Is there ...
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How do I queue multiple files for copying on a Mac?

When I copy multiple files on a Mac, the system tries to copy them all at the same time. The problem is two-fold. First of all, when you select multiple files and copy them, they all go into one ...
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How can I transfer music from my iPhone to my computer?

I'd like to transfer the (non-DRM) music I have on my iPhone to my computer. Which application can I use to do that? I found several shareware applications but they didn't really work.
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Free way to share large files (50MB) over the Internet?

I need to send a approximately 50 MB ZIP file. My email provider will not allow me to send attachments that big. Is there a free service out there that I can upload my file to and allow someone else ...
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What's the point of ASCII mode in FTP?

Why is there an ASCII mode in FTP, which is prevalent in today's software and FTP implementations? Why not just always use binary regardless of the data?
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Moving folders in OSX

Let's say I have a particular folder I want to move to a different drive. On that drive is a folder of the same name. Both folders have things inside them. In Windows, when I move the folder, the ...
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Moving hidden files/folders with the command-line or batch-file

Question Does anyone know of a way to move files and folders that have the hidden, system, or read-only attribute set from the command-line or a batch file? (No, stripping the attributes first is not ...
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Best way to transfer huge files over internet?

I have a set of audio/video files that I want to distribute to about ten people. There will be weekly additions to these sets of files. They are about 125MB total in size. What is the best method ...
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Why am I ask “Are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties?” when copying files from NTFS to a FAT drive?

I have an image file on my NTFS filesystem and get following message when I try to copy to my FAT32 drive: Are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties? I cant find any ...
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Can I disconnect a USB drive while copying is paused in Windows 8?

As you all probably know by now, Windows 8 consolidates all simultaneous file copy operations into one single dialog. Also, wonder of wonders, you can now pause any of the operations as well! What ...
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How to better copy&paste big files over RDP?

Recently I was making a few attempts to copy&paste a big (1.2 GB) file to remote computer over RDP. The remote computer is virtual testing machine with MS Windows Server 2008 Datacenter. First ...
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Why do file copy operations in Linux get slower over time?

I have 12 ~200 MB files. Copying one of them to another drive takes 20 seconds. When I try to copy all of them at once, it first says it's going to take 5 minutes, then it keeps slowing down into the ...
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UNIX shell scripting: how to recursively move files up one directory?

I have a large number of small files, f, arranged in a directory structure like so: /A/B/C/f There are 11 directories at the level of A, each with about 100 directories at the level of B, each with ...
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AFP, SMB, NFS which is the best data transfer protocol?

I have a computer with large hard disks running Gentoo. I have to serve med/big files via a wired network to Apple devices (all of them running OS X). Which protocol is the best for the following ...
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best Method to move “C:\Users” on Windows 8

I am currently working on relocate my C:\Users-Folder. I found some solutions on the internet, but none of them are working for me. I already tried: Log in with Administrator Account, move Folder ...
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Is it possible to torrent files privately?

Is it possible to transfer files via a bittorrent client, in a way thats private? Maybe I have to install my own "tracker" server. Is this possible? and safe? I was looking at torrents as a general ...
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Rsync only changed files

Is it possible to have rsync transfer all files in a directory that have changed or have been created? I don't need something as sophisticated as a CRC diff check; files with different timestamps ...
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How can I copy a (big) directory over another changing only the files that differ?

I have directory a and directory b. They are big. b is almost identical to a. "almost" means that 4-5 files differ, and I don't know which they are. I want to copy b over a, but only the files that ...
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How to recursively move all folders one directory up back one directory

I have folders in scenery/terrain that contain folders called terrain and objects. These folders have folders with data files. How do I move all of the contents scenery/terrain/[name]/terrain to ...
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Moving files inside my NTFS partition is as slow as copying them. What could be the cause of this?

I'm trying to tidy up my folders and files on one of my NTFS formatted external hard drives, a 2TB Western Digital Elements drive. When trying to move files from one folder to the other, the process ...