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DiscipleDOC
04-23-08, 10:21 AM
What is the best way to copy large amounts of data from one source to another?

David power
04-23-08, 10:25 AM
What do you mean now? over a network or on the one node? I use a portable hard drive between devices because I donít want to use up the bandwidth on my network, (if the file is bigger than 100 megs.)

DiscipleDOC
04-23-08, 10:30 AM
The files are over 100 gigs (yes gigs)....and I want to schedule a copy over night from a server to a portable hard drive...

Revs
04-23-08, 11:07 AM
What are your options, Doc. Gigabit LAN, USBII, FireWire, eSATA?

DiscipleDOC
04-23-08, 11:54 AM
What are your options, Doc. Gigabit LAN, USBII, FireWire, eSATA?
USB

Revs
04-23-08, 12:00 PM
Can't you put the drive directly in to the server using a SATA lead?

DiscipleDOC
04-23-08, 12:04 PM
Can't you put the drive directly in to the server using a SATA lead?
Hmmm....I have not thought about that...

What about xcopy? How good is that?

Revs
04-23-08, 03:04 PM
Not tried that. I just drag and drop. I've not found any programs that make copying files any faster. I've only tried a couple though.

DiscipleDOC
04-23-08, 04:08 PM
Not tried that. I just drag and drop. I've not found any programs that make copying files any faster. I've only tried a couple though.
I'm more or less interested in preserving the long file names and the integrity of the files being copied.

Revs
04-23-08, 05:44 PM
Ah, so speed isn't the main concern? Are you wanting something that copys and checks for errors at the same time?

DiscipleDOC
04-23-08, 06:41 PM
Ah, so speed isn't the main concern? Are you wanting something that copys and checks for errors at the same time?
That would be nice....

bacon12
04-23-08, 08:18 PM
You can use the command line ( http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/552ed70a-208d-48c4-8da8-2e27b530eac71033.mspx?mfr=true) you know. I have never even see a windows server, but it should be rudimentary, and easily done.

The v switch verifies the written files, just be careful with your syntax. ;)

Williamcg
06-04-08, 10:33 PM
Xcopy sounds like your best bet.
Write a small bat file to copy what you want.
Set it up in the scheduler to run when you want.

100gigs at 15MBs would take just under 2 hours.

Runningman
06-04-08, 10:54 PM
lol

Williamcg
06-04-08, 11:21 PM
Or email it :D

Runningman
06-04-08, 11:31 PM
gawd, no e-mail server would even take that large of a file...

crainger
06-05-08, 11:37 PM
SyncToy is great for simple scheduled Transfers. I use it to sync my music from my PC to my HTPC every night. Playlists and all.

nekrosoft13
06-06-08, 10:55 AM
every night? you change your music/playlist that often?

Absolution
06-06-08, 02:40 PM
you're using vista

try robocopy (robobocopy /? in cmd for usage), its pretty good. also, just throw it all in a .bat file and add it as a scheduled task (control panel->administrative tools->scheduled tasks)