I want to change from Linpus to either Mint or Ubuntu.
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This time, running "sudo cp -Riv "$HOME" /media/Lexar", the process went to completion, but all during it the flash drive was not filling up. And at the end, it was still empty. Also, at the end of the run, my disk was about 1 GB fuller. Still 1.7 GB left on the disk.
I'd like to try running the code with the flash drive in the other slot, even though it isn't promising a move.
Last edited by glenellynboy; 09-12-2011 at 01:44 PM.
Plug in the drive, run "cat /etc/mtab", and post the output. Once you do this, do not unplug the drive or run any other commands until I tell you to, because the commands I will give you afterwards depend on it.
I am not sure when my brother will be able to schedule me to use his computer so I want to rehearse updating my backup. I will want to incorporate all my latest work into the backup immediately before I create the bootable USB drive, and try out and install the Mint OS.
Can someone look over my plans below and advise corrections?
1) Delete contents of flash drive using "files".
2) Unmount flash drive:
sudo umount /media/Lexar
3) Label flash drive "backup":
sudo mkdir /backup
4) Mount flash drive:
sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /backup
5) copy "home" onto flash drive:
sudo cp -Riv "$HOME" /backup/home
6) Use "files" to check if the backup is on the flash drive, and also "files" to make a safe extraction of the flash drive.
The terminology is not correct. It's not 'labeling' but creating a directory on your local harddisk; it will not affect anything on the flash disk
The step will more than likely fail because the directory /backup already exists (unless you deleted it); that is nothing to panic about, just make sure that the directory exists (e.g. using files or with ls -l /backup (that is EL ES minus EL ..., not EL ES minus ONE))
I would add one step in the beginning and that is to close all applications (browser, email client, word processor, ...) before you start the backup procedure (actually before you run the cp command).
Last edited by Wim Sturkenboom; 09-14-2011 at 01:03 AM.