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Copying files to another hard drive, part II

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viewtopic.php?f=18&t=168127&sid=6acb4f7 ... 099687a525 I have read through this thread and tried all of the suggestions, aside from booting from a live disk but to no avail. I have one hard drive that is almost full - has maybe 50 mb of room left. I want to copy to another hard drive that has almost 3 tb of empty space. I initially thought I set up Firefox to download to the 3tb, but was sadly mistaken. I am not getting error messages. I can highlight files, right click and then select copy...but when I open the 3tb and right click, the "paste" is ghosted out, not an option. I have linux mint 19 cinnamon, version 3.8.9
Just when I feel like I am starting to get the hang of this I run aground!
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Re: Copying files to another hard drive, part II

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pengyou wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:51 am
the "paste" is ghosted out, not an option.
Use the lsblk command in a terminal. It will display something like this:

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~$ lsblk
NAME        MAJ:MIN RM   SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
sda           8:0    0   7.3T  0 disk 
└─sda1        8:1    0   7.3T  0 part /media/xxxx/WORKING
sdb           8:16   0 931.5G  0 disk 
└─sdb1        8:17   0 931.5G  0 part 
nvme0n1     259:0    0 953.9G  0 disk 
├─nvme0n1p1 259:1    0   103M  0 part /boot/efi
├─nvme0n1p2 259:2    0  38.2G  0 part /
├─nvme0n1p3 259:3    0  93.2G  0 part /home
└─nvme0n1p4 259:4    0 822.4G  0 part /data
That tells me that my USB drive is mounted at /media/xxxx/WORKING. Of course, yours will be different. Next, type this:

sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /media/xxxx/WORKING

Replace /media/xxxx/WORKING with the mount point for your drive.
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And when you've done that, install Midnight Commander, a test based file manager! Much better and faster than using a GUI :D

sudo apt install mc

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Re: Copying files to another hard drive, part II

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Thank you, kadaitcha man! I followed your steps to the letter and now I cannot access anything in my computer at all. :mrgreen: It takes me to the login screen. I enter the password...the screen blanks...then comes back with the same login screen - no error messages at all. Restarted, etc still the same thing.

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Which command did you execute for chown as advised?
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Re: Copying files to another hard drive, part II

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pengyou wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:34 am
I followed your steps to the letter ...
Right, couldn't possibly be operator error. :roll:
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pengyou wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:34 am
Thank you, kadaitcha man! I followed your steps to the letter and now I cannot access anything in my computer at all. :mrgreen: It takes me to the login screen. I enter the password...the screen blanks...then comes back with the same login screen - no error messages at all. Restarted, etc still the same thing.
Sounds like the drive is now too full to do anything. Someone will advise on how to free up some space so you can login again.

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Re: Copying files to another hard drive, part II

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pbear wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:04 pm
pengyou wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:34 am
I followed your steps to the letter ...
Right, couldn't possibly be operator error. :roll:
Most likely COULD be operator error!

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Re: Copying files to another hard drive, part II

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deepakdeshp wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:41 am
Which command did you execute for chown as advised?
sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /media/xxxx/WORKING

Replace /media/xxxx/WORKING with the mount point for your drive.

These are the steps that I followed. If I use my linux thumb drive to boot from, will I be able to copy files from the full drive to the big drive?

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But what command did you run?

Was it sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /media/xxxx/WORKING?

Or something like sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /media/pengyou/Some-Partition?

The whole point of the second instruction is that you were supposed to modify the form of command for your particular circumstances. Even here, I'm having to use Some-Partition as a placeholder, as you've not mentioned the name of the partition you're having trouble with.
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Re: Copying files to another hard drive, part II

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pbear wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:12 pm
But what command did you run?

Was it sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /media/xxxx/WORKING?

Or something like sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /media/pengyou/Some-Partition?

The whole point of the second instruction is that you were supposed to modify the form of command for your particular circumstances. Even here, I'm having to use Some-Partition as a placeholder, as you've not mentioned the name of the partition you're having trouble with.
Yes, I did modify it according to the names used in my computer.

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It's a simple question. Obviously you did something wrong or you wouldn't have a problem. I'm going to move on. Good luck.
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Re: Copying files to another hard drive, part II

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Like I said earlier, I believe you've run out of disk space now. See this thread for some suggestions on how to clear some space so you can log in again.

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Re: Copying files to another hard drive, part II

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pengyou wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:20 am
If I use my linux thumb drive to boot from, will I be able to copy files from the full drive to the big drive?
Yes! I do that all the time on my old Windows PC. I boot into a LiveUSB, attach my 4TB USB drive I use for my backups, then open my Windows partition and copy my entire user folder from the Windows partition to the USB drive. You may want to let it run overnight if it's a lot of data. That way it will be ready to go the next day when you need to complete the task. Just be aware that you will get copy messages that must have user interaction to continue. If a folder or files with matching names and files already exist in the destination, you will have more of the copy messages to deal with.

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