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Old 04-30-2007, 12:01 AM   #1
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Harddisk clonning??

where do i get free Hard disk clonning software. - i mean free (not 30days trial thing).
Old 04-30-2007, 12:11 AM   #2
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Do you just want to insert a second drive into your machine and do a bulk copy to it? If so, look into the "dd" program. Awsomemachine has an awesome tutorial on using it here on LQ. Also, look to the bottom of this page for threads similar to this.
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dd is the basic low-level, dumb, solution--it copies everything--including all the empty space. Thus the copy is always the same size as the original.
Other cloning programs have compression (I think)

dd is almost certainly already on your Linux installation
Old 04-30-2007, 11:34 AM   #4
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Old 04-30-2007, 06:09 PM   #5
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partimage is not bad, worked for me
Old 04-30-2007, 07:00 PM   #6
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I normally use Linux terminal command dd to clone everything and use "gparted" or "Parted Magic" to resize the partitions. Both Gparted and Parted Magic Live CD has a Bash shell so you can do everything there.
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I like the sysrescuecd for doing stuff like that, its a live distro and partimage is on it. Saved me the other week.
Old 05-02-2007, 01:34 AM   #8
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If making an image of a big file system, say a hundred GB can dd be piped to 7z or any other compressor to reduce size?

dd [..] | 7z a
Old 05-02-2007, 12:05 PM   #9
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I think dd doesn't do compression but there is nothing to stop a user to compress an output file from dd.

dd may be dumb and copies everything, including zero, but that is the only program that handles the boot sector as filing system based copying programs do not touch it. It is really horses for courses.


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