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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:47 am 
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Hi

I guess this is two questions.
I need to backup a list of all the files and directories on my drive.
I'd also like to be able to browse that file in a file-explorer like interface because it would be a really long file to page through.

How can I do these?

These are NTFS drives but not all the files conform to ntfs naming conventions so it works fine in linux but when I run xp some programs don't like some of the file names.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:29 pm 
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DontTazeMe wrote:
I need to backup a list of all the files and directories on my drive. I'd also like to be able to browse that file in a file-explorer like interface because it would be a really long file to page through. These are NTFS drives

Once you have one of your NTFS drives mounted in UberStudent and you are in your Guake terminal [by hitting F12] your NTFS drive will appear in your /media/username directory and can be listed like such:
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donttazeme@uberstudent:~$ ls /media/donttazeme/
23e3193b-6409-44ba-b4d9-0320a2cdfd40

The following ls ("list") command will then create a .txt file in your Documents folder which is a list of all files grouped by containing directory on that NTFS drive:
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donttazeme@uberstudent:~$ ls -1 --all --recursive /media/donttazeme/23e3193b-6409-44ba-b4d9-0320a2cdfd40 >~/Documents/ntfs-drive1.txt

(If the font does not make this clear, note that the "-1" contains the numeral "one", not a lowercase letter "l".)

You could then browse through that .txt file with Leafpad, LibreOffice Writer, or any other wordprocessor. When you mention "file-explorer" though, the first thing that comes to mind is the Thunar file manager, which is the default "file explorer" in UberStudent Linux. With one of your NTFS drives mounted, Thunar renders using the above ls command to create a .txt file obsolete since Thunar can just browse through the directory structure of the NTFS drive. Clicking Places > donttazeme will launch Thunar.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:50 pm 
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Thanks


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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 6:10 am 
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I'd only add this noob-friendly explanation:

There is a not-well-known but incredibly useful function in most Linux-based file explorers (including Thunar) that enable someone to, in a few simple steps, copy the file paths of their folders and files for use in copying or other actions.

Simply navigate to the files you wish to take an action upon, hit Ctrl+A to select them, then hit Ctrl+C to copy them, and then--here is the part historic Windows users do not expect--open a text editor and then hit Ctrl+P for paste. The paths of each folder and file then pastes in to the text editor, which you can use however you desire.

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