View Full Version : [ubuntu] copy files to cd or memory stick from console

December 12th, 2008, 09:56 AM
I need to copy some files from my hard drive to a cd or usb memory stick from the console. How do I do this?
I can't use the normal GUI because I have a "Ubuntu has to start in low graphics mode" problem which I cannot resolve, so cannot see my screen unless in the console. I just need to save the files, then I am going to re-install the whole thing from scratch to try sort out the problem.

December 12th, 2008, 10:03 AM
cp path/to/file1 path/to/whereyouwant

cp -r command will copy any directories you specify.

December 12th, 2008, 10:34 AM
thanks - how do i specify a usb memory stick as the destination? sorry I am a little clueless here...

December 12th, 2008, 10:42 AM
As soon as you plugin your memory stick,it should be mounted automagically at /media/<whatever label>
So,that's your destination path.About a CD,the path would be /media/cdrom0.To burn to a CD,you will need cdrecord.Check
man cdrecord for details.