I have about 2TB of files stored on an external Seagate Backup Plus drive (USB 3.0) and need to copy them across to my My Cloud EX2. I need to retain the original file attributes (ie. date stamps) and also the original directory structure.
I tried using Windows at first (simple copy/paste via File Explorer in Windows 10) but this was unacceptable as it was going to take about 5 days!
I then tried plugging the Seagate drive directly into the NAS, and tried using the My Cloud dashboard to do a “USB Backup”. This was a lot quicker, presumably as there was no ethernet bottleneck, and also had the advantage of not requiring the PC to be on throughout the transfer, but the problem is, that method places the files into a rigid backup folder structure which is predetermined by the My Cloud backup system - but I need to retain the folder structure that exists on the Seagate drive.
I then tried to remedy that by doing an “Internal Backup” of the original “USB Backup” but that didn’t work, for the same reason.
All I want to do is a simple transfer of existing files/folders from my old external drive to my new WD NAS - am I missing something obvious, because surely there must be an easy and fast way to do this?
PS: According to this calculator http://wintelguy.com/transfertimecalc.pl it should take just under an hour to transfer 2TB over USB 3.0. I realise that in practise it would most likely take longer, but surely with a USB 3.0 drive connected to the EX2’s USB 3.0 port, the most it should take is a couple of hours… if it can be done at all?