Network Attached Storage Drive Contents
Posted on 2014-03-07
I have recently bought myself a network Attached Storage (NAS) Drive and have it setup on my home network.
All devices can now see it and I have got password protected users all configured so am now in the process of transferring files from a hard drive on a desktop PC to the NAS drive.
Unfortunately, I had to do this over WiFi because I did not have a cable long enough to reach from desktop to router to NAS and the desktop PC would not recognise the NAS when I connected it directly to the PC with an ethernet cable. So WiFi it was and set the Copy process running for each of the various folders being transferred; about 300Gb of data in total including music, pictures, videos and documents.
I set the process running and the various Windows Explorer windows were showing varying estimated times of 2 hours to 12 hours so I left it to it and went to bed. Next morning still running with decreased times so figured it was running successfully and went off to work.
Got home from work to discover that we'd had a power cut so the PC had been switched off and I don't know what stage the copy process had reached.
I do recall a method in DOS whereby you can create a list of files and folders for a drive as a text file. I guess I could do that on both drives and do a comparison in Excel; my Excel skills would be sufficient to compare the two files but wonder if there is another way??
Any suggestions for checking the contents of the two drives greatly appreciated.
While the copy was working its magic, some of the copy windows completed so I was able to do a bit of file management on the NAS, there were some files that weren't properly sorted in folders so I did that after the copy to the NAS; maybe I should have done that before the copy; hindsight 20:20!!
The reason why I mention that last point is that I assume if I were to just do the copy again (with a long cable if I get one rather than WiFi) folders would merge and I could set it to ignore all conflicts but the files that I had already moved again wouldn't give conflict warning so would end up with multiple copies which is one of the points of me using the NAS so that I don't have multiple copies on multiple devices as well as all the other advantages.