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How to use 'cp' as a simple but reliable backup tool
Authored by: spullara on Feb 17, '10 09:43:28AM

I'd use rsync instead just in case you modify the originals down the line:

cp -npRv "/Volumes/LocalUSB/Photos/" "/Volumes/RemoteUSB/Photos/"


rsync --progress -av /Volumes/LocalUSB/Photos /Volumes/RemoteUSB

--progress shows you progress as it runs, -av enables all the options for backups. If you add in --delete it will remove files that you deleted from the source directory. Rsync will also work remotely over ssh if need be. Though you don't necessarily need it, the latest version of rsync is even better and you can install that with macports.

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