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    Exclamation Please Help: Need to Backup home folder to external drive via terminal

    Hello all. I have apparently broken my installation, though I am uncertain how. I can boot into the terminal, but the desktop shell refuses to load under any circumstances. The best thing I can think of is to simply reinstall.

    But before I reinstall, I need to backup my home folder to the external drive.

    I found a program called rsync that seems easy enough, but I cannot figure out the location of my external usb drive.


    Can anyone tell me how to do this?

    Please?


    FYI, I'm using Linux Mint 9
    Last edited by Artificial Intelligence; April 9th, 2011 at 06:51 PM.

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    Re: Please Help: Need to Backup home folder to external drive via terminal

    Double post.
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    Re: Please Help: Need to Backup home folder to external drive via terminal

    Quote Originally Posted by noob555 View Post
    I found a program called rsync that seems easy enough, but I cannot figure out the location of my external usb drive.

    Can anyone tell me how to do this?

    Please?
    You are on the right tract.


    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    I just inserted 4GB flash drive to test it and it is picked up as:
    Disk /dev/sdi: 4026 MB, 4026531840 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 489 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0008c349

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdi1 * 1 490 3932128+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    Partition 1 has different physical/logical endings:
    phys=(488, 254, 63) logical=(489, 135, 30)
    In my case it is /dev/sdi1 but for you it will be different.

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