[linux] Fastest Fat32 Backup?

Ethan A Merritt merritt at u.washington.edu
Tue Mar 2 22:00:58 PST 2004

You could use one of the CD-bootable distros like Knoppix or
MandrakeMove. MandrakeMove even lets you unmount the
CD again once you are booted, so you could use it for saving
your data if necessary.

Linux really should not care about the encoding of files, or
even file names on a filesystem. It's just another string-of-bytes.
There was, in fact, a recent discussion of exactly this point on
the linux kernel mailing list if you want to hunt it up. The linux
kernel, and the filesystem support, is agnostic with regard to
character encoding.

Hang on a moment, I'll test it.... Nope, no problem. I can copy
files with Japanese-encoded filenames onto a FAT formatted
memory stick. They show up as expected, and read out normally.
Of course in order to see that it's working you need a suitable
terminal; I'm using kterm.

So I can see no reason why you couldn't boot to linux and
then either tar off your data, burn it to CDROM, or send it
off over the net to a destination of your choice.

On Tuesday 02 March 2004 09:22 pm, Garrett Cooper wrote:

> Hey all,

> I was just wondering what the fastest possible means of backing up

> FAT32 files with EUC-JP encoding is possible. I am stuck since I am trying

> to transfer files from a Windows ME machine that's gone tail-up and I don't

> have the ability to just reformat/install over since I get MBR errors since

> ntldr isn't setup properly. I know it can be done with Linux/FreeBSD from

> rescue CDs, but I just don't know which way is fastest, or if I can do it.

> Also, would this be a good time to look into dd? I have 2 partitions, so I

> can play around moving data from here to there. Also, I tried the Debian

> rescue disk via BusyBox mounting with EUC-JP encoding as an option, but it

> said invalid argument.

> Thanks, and if I left anything out, please reply back and I'll clarify

> some more.

> Garrett

Ethan A Merritt
Department of Biochemistry & Biomolecular Structure Center
University of Washington, Seattle

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