charles cashion wrote:
> I want to copy /home/ccashion to /media/usbdisk.


> QUESTION 1: How can I find the size of /home/ccashion?


du -sh /home/ccashion
du -xh /home/ccashion

> QUESTION 2: is there something wrong with this command?
> [ccashion@newdawg /]$ cp -r /home/ccashion /media/usbdisk


Looks fine to me. If you want to avoid overwriting files on sda1
without warning, use cp -ir .

HTH,
Niklaus