Ubuntu backup to USB flash drive. Symbolic links and special files.
I recently installed Ubuntu, replacing Windows in the process. Now I realise I need Windows back so I can install an IBM product which I need for work.
I would like to back up my Linux docs and settings onto a USB flash drive so that I can simply pull them back in when I have reinstalled Windows and Linux. I wanted to copy /home /usr and /var using Nautilus because I thought this would be the simplest way to do things. I'm getting errors because I'm attempting to copy symbolic links and special files.
After looking through a few forums, I think maybe I need to learn how to use the commands find and cpio. This seems like a lot of work for what should be a simple task.
On a somewhat related topic, I'm surprised how long Nautilus takes to copy data to USB - 2 hours for 1Gig...! I'm sure Windows would be quicker than this..?! (the USB drive is bootable - would this make any difference?)
One more thing - when I played around with Linux a few years ago, I remember that /home and a few other directories were on separate partitions. Ubuntu seems to put everything on one partition - or am I missing something?
Q1: Am I backing up the right directories?
Q2: Can/Should I use Nautilus?
Q3: Should it take 2 hours to backup 1Gig to a USB flash drive?
Q4: Do I still need separate partitions for /home & /usr
Any help or advice would be much appreciated.