Is is risky to move lots of files around on a flash drive? Answered
I have a large solid-state external drive and a 128G flash drive I use as backups for my computer, and I need to do some organizing with the files on them. When I started storing data on them I was using Windows 7, but I've been using Linux Mint for over a year now and would like to reorganize my backups around the Mint Home folder rather than My Documents. The drives contain a mountain of old files from the Windows machine (60+ gigs), and I'm worried that if I start rearranging massive groups of files that I could lose some of the old data.
The machine I'm using now is Linux Mint. The drives are setup as NTFS and Fat32. Is there any risk on moving so much around, or does the computer simply change the address path and leave the data sitting where it is? Is there some kind of best-practice for this kind of procedure to minimize any risk of loss?