If you want a quick 'n' easy way to copy your home directory to another disk, or just to copy a bunch of files effortlessly, use the following command:
cp -avx /home /new/path
This will copy everything in your home directory including hidden files.
It will retain file ownership and creation data.
You can also use tar to copy /home
Use the following command:
(cd /home; tar cf - .)|(cd /new_home; tar pxvf -)
This does the same as cp -a
Preserving mode, time, ownership, and other data. It also copies symlinks, hidden files and subdirs.
Thats about it!