Push copy to remote :
cd $SOME_DIR ; tar -cf – . | ssh host.com tar -xf – -C /destination
Pull copy/baskup to local: With progress display (when we installed pv )
ssh user@from-remote-server “tar czpf – /some/important/data” | pv | tar xzpf – -C /new/root/directory
Other ways: http://serverfault.com/questions/43014/copying-a-large-directory-tree-locally-cp-or-rsync
Here is the rsync I use, I prefer cp for simple commands, not this.
$ rsync -ahSD --ignore-errors --force --delete --stats $SRC/ $DIR/
Here is a way that is even safer, cpio. It’s about as fast as tar, maybe a little quicker.
$ cd $SRC && find . -mount -depth -print0 2>/dev/null | cpio -0admp $DEST &>/dev/null
This is also good, and continues on read-failures.
$ tar --ignore-failed-read -C $SRC -cf - . | tar --ignore-failed-read -C $DEST -xf -
Note those are all just for local copies.