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I have my Mint USB drive set up pretty much the way I want it. Now I want to clone it to another USB stick as a backup. I'm using Acronis 2009. I've tried a direct cloning, and also creating an image and applying it to the new drive. Neither way is successful; with boot problems.
How can this be done with a high level of confidence that an exact clone will result?
Thanks for any ideas. I'm a newbie with linux, but a long time user of Windows, and do tech work as a part-time job.
Hi, Thanks for the response. After sleeping on it, I realize that I did not use the sector-by-sector method. This leaves out such things as page file, hibernation, etc. on a Windows install.
So I'm guessing that Acronis didn't see some of the needed files. Possibly, if I used the bootable version of Acronis (linux based), I would have had better luck. I'll try again tonight. And I will try the dd method too.
I would try out CloneZilla for that. I do not right now have my Ubuntu installed on usb stck now. But I am hoping CloneZilla has pretty much the power to do that. But the destination drive should at least be as much bigger as source if not more. Else CloneZilla is going to yell.
Just for the record, be very careful when using dd. It's a powerful, but dangerous command to use. It can destroy the data on a disk in seconds and it won't ask you for any confirmation before it does so. If you accidentally put in the wrong device, you could really hose something.
I know this from experience; I accidentally wiped a hard disk once when I was trying to blank a usb stick. I ended up losing most of my stored digital music collection.
And for those who post dd commands as part of your advice, please be sure to include a similar warning along with it. Thanks.