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Old 09-23-2009, 10:53 AM   #1
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Software to Copy Linux Hard Drive?

Am trying to switch from Windows to Linux but am finding will have to change my HDD copying software that does not support Linux.

First tried to search the forum using "copy linux hard drive" got 0 hits when removed " got message "The following words are either very common, too long, or too short and were not included in your search: linux" and 600hit but found nothing significant.

Also checked Linux Tutorials found nothing.

Googled using same and found
"HDClone Free Edition enables you to move the content from an entire hard drive to another, larger one. The program installs itself on a bootable floppy or CD, and include it`s own operating system, so it runs completely independent from Windows."
Went to website Checked supported file sys for HDClone 3.8 found ext2/3 so seems will work.

Any comments concerning this or other software?


Old 09-23-2009, 11:01 AM   #2
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It depends on your purpose.

Are you trying to make another drive to boot from if the primary fails? If so you should explore mdadm RAID 1 (mirroring setup).

Are you trying to copy key files to another computer so you can restore them later. You should explore rsync or backula.

Are you trying to make a copy on the fly of one drive to another that isn't kept in sync like mirroring? You might want to explore use of dd command.

Are you trying to make a bundle of files that you can unbundle later. Then explore the tar command.

For most UNIX/Linux commands you can get lots of detail by typing "man <command>" e.g.
man mdadm
man rsync
man dd
man tar

Backula is an add on that likely isn't already on your system so you'd have to download and install it. Your distro may have it in its repositories and if not you can find it with browser search.
Old 09-23-2009, 04:38 PM   #3
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If you are looking for software to copy partitions, drives or creating images of either, I'd suggest clonezilla. Fairly easy to use and documented.


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