This is probably a dopey question, but hey--just consider the source, OK?
Working in Ubuntu using Nautilus file manager in tree view, I want to back up my /home/jim_d/Music folder to a usb flash drive.
I plug in a usb flash drive and confirm it's mounted. In the Nautilus folder tree, the flash drive appears in two places:
As an icon labeled 4.0GB Filesystem
...and in the Ubuntu root folder tree as:
So I can paste the folder using either the 4.0GB Filesystem icon, or the /media/2854-XXXX folder, correct?
I guess I'm confused about the "why" of two separate representations of the usb drive, wonder about some hidden "gotcha" and don't want to assume anything. In windows I was accustomed to seeing an icon for an external, but seeing one in Linux confuses me because I read all devices are mounted into the file tree--in this case as /media/2854-XXXX. So I'm not clear on the purpose of the flash icon--maybe it's just a Nautilus thing, with no significance?
Another Q about backups: Is there some advantage to using a dedicated backup tool, compared to a simple UI source-select/copy, then destination-select/paste like I'm doing?