> Also try to use the "-a" option to the cp command -- this is how
> it actually supposed to be used. Or try good old tar.
> As far as your disk space is not an issue, I'd stick to the first
Yep, the modifications you saw were presumably permissions changes.
They could be unavoidable, though - I think external drives are
generally sold pre-formatted FAT32, so you'll copy the files and
they'll all turn executable...
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