Copy folders and files to external drive from a serve

I have a file server (SBS 2008) with 4TB folders & files. Mostly documents and images. I need to "copy", not back up, these files and folders.

I'm leary about just doing a copy/paste to an external (portable) drive, because I don't want to loose anything in the process. What is the easiest and fastest way to go about this?
mapalaska2003Asked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Copy and Paste works fine because you are leaving the files on the server.

You can use XCOPY and verify
https://superuser.com/questions/773090/is-there-a-way-to-copy-with-verification-or-just-verify-copied-data

You can use Robocopy as well.

It will take time to copy this amount of data. Allow it to run evening or overnight.
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AlanConsultantCommented:
I would definitely use RoboCopy for this.

You can run it once (will take ages - days likely), then re-run after to bring up to date and capture anything that had problems in the first run.

Alan.
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nobusCommented:
i hope you have usb 3 ports, and a usb3 external drive?
if not i would connect a drive internally to the sata cables, and copy the files needed
if too many maps and folders, i would do it in groups, not the 4 TB in one go
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mapalaska2003Author Commented:
Thanks everyone.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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