I am trying to back up ("copy") my home directory to an external hard drive so that I can send the computer in for repairs. Naturally, the family external HD is FAT32, which means I have a max filesize of 2G.
I have a few files which are greater than 2G - some tarballs, VM images, etc. I figure the easiest thing to do is to use
split to split up these files into FAT32-friendly chunks.
My question is: I don't have enough space on my HD to split each file and store the component parts. I want to do something like
split bigfile.tar -o /mnt/external_drive, but the man page doesn't seem to indicate such an option.
What would be the best way to manage this?
Alternately, I could just tar-up /home/rascher, but that has the same problem - I don't have enough local disk space to retain a copy of the tarball, and if I try
tar -cvzf /mnt/external_drive/backup.tar ./ then I will run into the same 2G boundary.
What should I do?