|USB Copy Station - I could have used this but...didn't have one at the time!|
The USB Flash drives are loaded with PeppermintOS--I tried Crunchbang Linux (#!), but I couldn't get it to dual-boot properly on the Macbook Air (VirtualBox is no problem), and I didn't want to carry two laptops around on Wednesday at TCEA--and needed to be copied. 22 flash drives later, about 4-5 minutes apiece, I'm done. I'm not going to figure out that took to get ready for just ONE workshop, but it was all fun, so there.
The command--oh, that elusive command--washed up on the shore of Google search results:
sudo dd if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/sdc bs=8M && syncIt sorta breaks down like this:
if - this is input file
of - this is output file
The input file (if) is the original USB drive, loaded with 3.5 gigs of goodness, and the output file (of) is the copy. I simply plugged in the original USB drive, found out which one it was (/dev/sdb) with the command df -h (sudo fdisk -l also works), then plugged in the copy into another USB port on my computer. This is a far cry from making floppy disk copies, but the concept is the same. Copy from A: drive to B: drive with the command. This command, I suspect, will also work at the Terminal/command line on a Mac.
I'm now making copies of all my USB flash drives (i carry one around in every bag just in case I need one...like when I visit a classroom on my day off in another district, and someone needs help accessing files...happens all the time). It looks like this:
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