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?
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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

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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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.

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
mapalaska2003Author Commented:
Thanks everyone.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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