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Backup copying seems at a standstill

Hi, I've dragged a huge folder of files from my hard drive to an external G-Drive to back up, but I keep getting a Copy box that says it's copying and the pinwheel just keeps going round and round endlessly. I've had to reboot my computer several times, and also just turn off the G-Drive. I don't know if this is damaging either the drive or my computer. Can you tell me what's wrong?
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  • Nxmt May 27, 2008

    Oops, I think I might have damaged one hard drive already because now when I turn it on, my computer doesn't recognize it, even if the Disk utility says it's there. What should I do with that one? Should I erase it and reformat?


    My operating system is Mac OS 10.3.9 and I was moving about 10 GB. I guess endlessly was like 15 minutes with no change in the progress bar. This is with another hard drive (after I got frustrated with the first one).


    Help! If I can't do anything on my computer, what else can I do but shut off the HDD and reboot the computer?


    nxmt



  • Nxmt May 28, 2008

    Why does the copying process freeze when I try to back up my files on an external hard drive? This has happened to me more than 5 times, and I've had to reboot each time. I click the Stop button to stop the copying, but nothing happens and the copying gets "stuck". When I try to do something else, the spinning wheel comes on and then that's it, I have to reboot because it's basically crashed.

  • ligart May 11, 2010

    Too little info!



    1. How many GB is "huge"?

    2. How long is "endlessly"?

    3. Mac or PC?

    4. What Operating System?



    In general, "huge" can take a long time. The system Copy window isn't telling you far along it is, but maybe it's still working on the copy when you give up on it thinking it's stuck.



    Try using a backup program instead, one that does full/incremental backups. It should show you how many files are to be copied, and what file it's copying at the moment. Plus a nice progress bar and estimated time to completion. Then you'll know if it's just a large amount of data or if it's "stuck".



    We can figure out more when you answer #1-4.



    And no, you don't want to just unplug or shut off a HDD, it can harm it.

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Maaaaybe. :-)

Before going to all that, try using another USB cable. It's very possible the one you're using is defective.

Even so, reformatting drive good idea, long as you don't need any data off of it.

Had same issue with SimpleTech external USB drive (made by Frabrik as well, go figure). Turns out the tiny USB connector on the drive (like those on digital cameras) loosened over time. It caused data loss, then finally Win XP wouldn't recognize drive, as it wasn't really plugged in.

I'm trying to find freeware disk check utilities and backup software. If you use backup software, you'll see exactly which file it's getting stuck on, instead of having to narrow it down.

P.S. Hard to believe any computer today can't handle a 10GB copy due to system resource issues.

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Okay Ive got the solution for you you. You need to reformatt the harddrive initially and then when you copy your 10Gb of data you need to split it up and copy it in smaller portions, because what is causing you problems is damaged or corrupted data files that you are trying to move and the system cannot copy them. by copying your files in smaller bundles lets say 1gb or 2gbs at a time you should be able to isolate the problematic files. this method also helps to avoid congestion in your buffers and processor. thanks

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