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Hi Brian,

I need to backup an eternal hard drive but thought I'd better ask first if there is a "safest" way of doing it?
I'm worried simply copying and pasting might hurt the existing one!



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Copying and pasting is fine.

Cutting or Moving and pasting has risks. 

If something goes wrong during a copy and paste, just simply start over. If you are moving files and something goes wrong, it could result in lost files. 

Trust me. It happened once in my last 24+ years as a IT a professional. Of course the files that were lost, couldn't be recovered or duplicated. Learned a valuable lesson that day. 

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