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I have a large folder around 6.6GB, it contains about 450000 files. I copy it from one partition to another. It writes that 6 hours left though it has been running for 3 hours now. Average transfer speed is 200kb/s. Is there a better way for file transferring?

  • Are you copying by dragging and dropping? Or from terminal? Also check here: superuser.com/questions/488333/… – jmunsch Feb 19 '14 at 15:31
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    None can beat a command line execution. I'd say; make a use of mv command. But it is better if you copy first then remove the files from source directory (to be on the safe side). – AzkerM Feb 19 '14 at 15:35
  • Is the other partition an NTFS drive or a USB drive? Those would reduce the speed dramaticly. – Dan Johansen Feb 19 '14 at 15:40
  • @DanJohansen No, it's not NTFS, it's Ext4. – kenn Feb 19 '14 at 15:42
  • @jmunsch from right click context menu – kenn Feb 19 '14 at 15:43
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  • Do you need to keep permissions?
  • Do you want to continue rather than restart if the copy process is interrupted?

Why not use rsync -a /source/ /destination/ then?

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    Agreed; rsync will be a lot quicker than mv. And doing the whole dir is best too; avoid wildcards cuz they'll get expanded (=slow) – Rinzwind Feb 19 '14 at 15:57
  • Well for the first point I'd say compressing the whole directory using tar will retain its permission too if I'm not mistaken. But kudos for the second point though. :) – AzkerM Feb 19 '14 at 16:13
  • 16:46 transfer just started... – kenn Feb 19 '14 at 16:47
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    Just finished 18:00. It took about 1:45h with rsync is it ok? – kenn Feb 19 '14 at 18:04
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    @KlausWarzecha that's right, thank you for the answer. – kenn Feb 19 '14 at 18:50
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Try ultracopier.Run the below command to install ultracopier package,

Daily version,

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ultracopier/daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ultracopier

For stable version,

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ultracopier/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ultracopier
  • Ultracopier is not in repo – kenn Feb 19 '14 at 15:44
  • Enable the universe repository,update them sudo apt-get update then run sudo apt-get install ultracopier. – Avinash Raj Feb 19 '14 at 15:46
  • I enabled that repository still no luck – kenn Feb 19 '14 at 16:02
  • @kenn It seems that ultracopier went out of the repo in 13.04 and in again in 13.10. – Klaus-Dieter Warzecha Feb 19 '14 at 16:21
  • I checked out its site, they removed Linux source code, I wonder why. It's not working well in Linux? – kenn Feb 19 '14 at 16:25

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