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Old 03-13-2010, 07:15 PM   #1
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Installing DSL on an old computer


I have a 1996 Computer that has windows 95 and a boatload of data.
I want to copy the entire intrenel hdd (3GB) to a 4GB flash drive to save all the stuff and then install linux.
How do i back up everything from /dev/hda to /dev/sda1?
it only has 32 ram and a pentium 1 processor.
 
Old 03-13-2010, 08:02 PM   #2
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Does the hard disk have just one partition? If so, boot from a live CD (or from a floppy loaded with something like Tom's Root Boot), and do
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dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/sda bs=512
Note that this copies one device to the flash drive, deleting anything on the flash drive, including any partitions, master boot record, bootloader, etc. A conventional format can be easily restored once you have offloaded the content to spinning media, or whatever you want to do with it.
If you only want to save the partition data, then instead, do
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dd if=/dev/hda1 of=/dev/sda1 bs=512
(Use partition numbers as appropriate).

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Old 03-13-2010, 09:13 PM   #3
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I have to wait a while before i can test.
 
Old 03-13-2010, 09:55 PM   #4
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PROBLEM!
dd: /dev/sda: No such device or address
^^^
Fixed that problem by rebooting.
Now it transfered about 64MB then got a I/O error on /dev/sda

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Old 03-14-2010, 12:40 AM   #5
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Old hardware; not too surprising.
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Old 03-14-2010, 12:53 AM   #6
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Old hardware; not too surprising.
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No, its an IO error on the USB drive.
 
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Yeah, like I said, old hardware. Your hardware was built around the early years of USB. One of the big upgrades with Win95 to Win98 was USB support. Perhaps you can move the hard disk to a more modern host, and do the copy from there. I assume the Windows drive is a IDE interface.

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