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Old 09-09-2003, 11:52 PM   #1
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Exact hard drive copy

Is there a method or program that will exactly copy a hard drive on to another that is of a different size? I have a 13gb hd that i'm booting off of, and i want to copy it onto a 30gb one so that everything will act exactly the same, booting and everything, just with more space. Can anyone tell me how to do this, please? Thanks. =)
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could you possible ghost?
see if it works, i've done it a few times at work, sometimes it survives others it doesn't and needs to be formated
Old 09-10-2003, 06:17 AM   #3
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I once made a tar archive of my windows hardrive (fat32), formatted it then extracted the archive back to the drive and everything was fine. Maybe you can make a tar archive of your old drive and pipe it over to the new drive. I think tar is a good method of moving complete filesytem structures.

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I would try 'cat /dev/hda >/dev/hdb'. This might work if the old hd is on hda and the new is on hdb.
Old 09-10-2003, 10:26 AM   #5
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You could use partition image at
This program works great!!
Old 09-19-2003, 04:40 PM   #6
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Ghost image of HDD?


I was just checking to see what method you chose, if any, as I am trying to do the same thing. I just spent half the day setting up ssl, apache, php, and mysql, and I'd like to image all of that to a CD if I can to prevent having to go through the entire process again. Just wondering if anyone has had experience in ghosting, and what method/configurations you may have chosen.

What I plan to do is put another HDD in the redhat box, then boot to my Ghost 2k3 CD, and then image the entire RedHat 9 HDD onto the blank HDD, then burn that to a CD eventually. Or, maybe just attach my SCSI CDRW to the RedHat box and backup/ghost it to some CDRs.

Is there a specific configuration, other than the default that you need to use with Ghost, that anyone has had experience/problems with? I was going to do the Drive-to-CDR option, and burn however many it takes to backup the Linux box. Not too familiar with Linux, so I'm not sure if I want to try the restore just yet, but any help would be greatly appreciated.



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