Can I use Linux to mirror windows onto an external hard drive?
I am just getting into linux. I have done one install on our beater laptop using RH9 and the RH9 bible. I just got a new hard drive for my main laptop but I don't have a copy of XP to format it. I partitioned half the drive for Linux and half for XP then installed linux. I would love to ditch windows alltogether but I don't think I am quite ready for that leap.
I got an external hard drive enclosure so I want to put my old drive in there and have Linux and Win XP on my new drive using the old one for backup/junk bin. I found programs that allow you to make a boot disk to swap but the only one I found for free still cost money to allow me to do it over external USB So I was wondering if I could just boot up in Linux on the new HD and use it to transfer XP onto the NTFS partition and how I would go about doing it. Or maybe someone knows of freeware that would allow me to mirror drives with an external USB HD.
I also haven't figured out how to boot up off the external yet. Any Ideas? I already went into the settings at startup and found what looked like the external HD and set it allowing it to boot but it still doesn't see it on startup. I don't even know if this cheap external will allow me to boot off it but I don't see why not.