thanks, youcantoo. the drive drove me to get an upgrade machine. 500gb of uselessness with quite a lot of unbacked up data because this is one lazy beast running the show. i've managed to get some of the data off; the most valuable, but the rest is not so easy. it takes forever too.
ah well. back to backing up regular.
why i wonder, is grsync no longer used for this? i used to use it all the time. now it's for networks?