External usb drive taking space on root fs?
[Hmm, I think I just posted this but it seems to have disappeared -- sorry if it's double posted.]
First of all, I'm a newbie, so pardon my ignorance.
I'm trying to backup just my home directory onto an external usb hard drive. I don't need any fancy compression or anything, just a straight recursive copy of my home directory and all its subdirectories so that I can reinstall Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy (due to unresolvable ati graphics card issues with Ubuntu 6.06 -- see http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...70#post2300170) and copy the contents back. I followed these instructions to create a filesystem on a brand new "Safe Store" 250 GB external usb drive.: http://www.thelinuxpimp.com/main/mod...rticle&sid=561. Now I have a nice filesystem mounted at /mnt/usbdrive/ and it seems that I can read + write to it fine.
To copy over my home, I did this:
This doesn't make any sense to me. Isn't the whole point of an external drive that it doesn't take the space from your root filesystem? Are my method and/or understanding flawed?
Any help much appreciated.
Oops, I'm not sure exactly what happened last time but it seems to be working now. I'm guessing I didn't mount the external drive properly and was just copying to a regular directory on mnt. Currently, "cp -r /home/jeremy/ usbdrive/jerBak" is processing and I can see the progress in the system monitor: /dev/sda1 is getting slowly fuller while /dev/hda1 is sitting pretty at 89%. All is well.
Sorry for my confusion.
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