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Hi everyone. I have a 1TB USB external drive, currently formatted as fat32. What I need to do is copy two folders and all their subfolders, totaling about 500GB, to that external drive. The USB drive will have to transfer back and forth between RHEL, Windows XP, and Mac OSX computers freely.
What format should I go with on the USB drive, FAT32 or NTFS?
What rsync switches should I use? I know I don't want to use -a because I don't want any permissions restored. I'm guessing I'll have to run rsync a couple times to fully get all the files, so I need to be able to cancel an rsync, then have it pick back up where it left off, not start over and recopy every file again.
Alucard, many thanks! I know FAT32 works on all three, plus it doesn't allow for permissions, so I think I'd rather stick with that to be honest. I have tried to do an rsync -r -t a couple times, and it looked like it just kept copying everything over and over again. Should i replace the -t with the --modify-windows=1 to solve that problem? or do I need both?
When comparing two timestamps, rsync treats the timestamps as being equal if they differ
by no more than the modify-window value. This is normally 0 (for an exact match), but
you may find it useful to set this to a larger value in some situations. In particular,
when transferring to or from an MS Windows FAT filesystem (which represents times with a
2-second resolution), --modify-window=1 is useful (allowing times to differ by up to 1
I have only a few folders at the root, then have things broken into other subfolders under that, with the results of ls | wc -l being around 10,000 or so, I seem to be good. think another part of my problem was related to fat32 and trying to jam too much into folders.