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        AskWoody Plus

        Some here have been witnesses, and rescuers, to my efforts to get user-friendly installs of Mint Mate 19.2 set up in our two computers.  Both are dual-booting Mint and Win7.  Initially all went well, but ran into hangups with one install from both a hardware issue, since resolved, and multiple user blunders, that have resulted in a cumbersome and user unfriendly system.  At this point, with less than 30GB in user files, my best bet is to consider this as a practice installation, format the disk, and reinstall with the usb stick successfully used twice previously in the original installs.  The only added programs are for the network printer and the Veeam backup app, both able to be redone.

        A spare ext. disk, formatted and ready, is on hand.  My intent is to store the user files on this disk, reinstall the OS on the same internal disk, and transfer the stored files to the new installation.  The currently installed OS readily finds the ext. disk and the right-click menu on any directory shows this pop-up for “Send to…”


        Seems simple, but before I once again shoot myself in the foot- there are three choices for format- .zip, .tar.gz, and .tar.bz2.  I would like to choose the format that will leave me with the most accurate copy when all is said and done.  Which one?

        Linux Mint Mate 19.2 and Win7 HP

        • This topic was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by Slowpoke47.
        • This topic was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by Slowpoke47. Reason: clarity
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        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        They are all accurate as they add authentication data to allow for data confirmation / correction.

        I would use zip because it’s then easily viewable in Windows as well as Linux.

        cheers, Paul

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          AskWoody Plus

          Thanks- .zip is the default, as seen in the s/shot.  No reason not to use it, but with my record I’m not overly adventurous, so I asked.

          Linux Mint Mate 19.2 and Win7 HP

          • #2085477 Reply
            AskWoody Lounger

            From the screen shot you sent earlier, it looks like you could just un-check that compression box altogether and have it transfer the files in their original condition.

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            • #2085487 Reply
              AskWoody Plus

              I wondered about that- what about the box that reads “Documents”?  Within the small quantity of data are various extension types, among others jpg, html, iso, png, docx, odt, and a few others. As you can see, some are pictures.


              Linux Mint Mate 19.2 and Win7 HP

      • #2085772 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        This worked out fine- sufficient prompts and options for me to transfer files into and out of ext. drive readily.  Thanks for the assistance.

        Linux Mint Mate 19.2 and Win7 HP

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