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copy(backup) data of home dir in rhel5.2


i want to backup 600 GB of data in other partition in same server. what should i use? tar/copy?i want to preserver same permissions/ soft links etc.


  • mfillpot
    mfillpot Posts: 2,180
    The best method with the large amount of data would be to use rsync ... http://www.mombu.com/gnu_linux/mandriva/t-using-rsync-to-maintain-backup-copy-of-a-partition-1742106.html. Using rsync you can use it to do version updates to keep the images cloned.
  • Use rsync are fillpot suggested or you can use the "cp" command.
  • ben
    ben Posts: 135
    rsync takes ages the first time you run it, from the second run you'll have a lot of improvements and speed efficiency
  • Let me correct myself, "rsync" is the way to go. "cp" only copies files, you will have to specify the files directly. "cp" can still be useful if you only want to backup certain files and not the entire drive. All you have to do is just include the files you want to copy and space them.

    Example: file1 file2 file3 etc

    Using this method has potential of speed improvement.


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