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Thread: Best Way to Transfer Music Between USB Harddrives

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    I recommend Windows Robust Copy then use Beyond Compare for subsequent updates.

    In the example below:
    F = source
    E = destination

    Create a text file with the lines below the -- then rename the extension to .bat.
    Double-click the .bat file.

    This will copy all files and subfolders from 1 to the other.
    You'll also have a log of all the files it copied.

    --
    C:

    robocopy "F:\roger waters" "E:\roger waters" /e /mir /np /log:backup_log.txt

    exit

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    +1 for Beyond Compare. I'm even going to pay for this gem when my trial is up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MGoBlue1989 View Post
    +1 for Beyond Compare. I'm even going to pay for this gem when my trial is up.
    It's pretty good value. I've been supporting them for years. Maybe 20 or so? Basically, you pay up and can install it on as many machines as you personally own. Multiple platforms in my case. Free minor version updates, and they don't muck around with a paid major version update every year like some other companies. They've been been supporting and improving version 4 for years now. So they treat their customers well, thus I am happy to support them in return.

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    Thumbs up

    Indeed, Beyond Compare is a nice piece of software I had heard about it but never really pursued it, the comments here helped like any new software there is a learning curve, but it works well.
    I actually bought a license. Thanks To All.

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    Default file verification.

    Personally, I would absolutely verify the integrity of the files. Assuming they are in flac format, they have an internal checksum. In my case i would do a flac spotlight search on my Mac and drop the files into a nice little application called xAct.

    I see that you found software that allows you to compare the source and destination so my feedback is virtually useless. When I run Windows I use a nifty free program called WinMerge.

    I admit to verifying individual flac files on my drives every once in a while “just in case.” And yeah on the rarest of occasions, files had indeed been corrupted somehow. of course I have a backup.

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    I use Carbon Copy Cloner on the Mac.

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    I would normally just copy straight music files. It's just simple audio files.

    I've been using Carbon Copy Cloner for scheduled backups too. I backup entire drive volumes that way. Curate your files. Then backup the whole thing.

    Surprise surprise though... CCC has crashed and burned with the new style MacOS starting with MacOS 12 Monterey. They're only offering Time Machine style data backup and can't clone the OS installation anymore. They have an attempt that tries to use a proprietary Apple APFS function but it doesn't work.

    My daily driver is still 10.13.6 for max 3rd party compatibility but I have a couple Monterey installs at this point too. I'm going to try Clonezilla or Rescuezilla as a replacement. Haven't jumped ship to Linux yet but I'm close!

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