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Old 02-26-2007, 03:46 PM   #1
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low level copy an USB flash drive / memory stick

I have a USB flashdrive that I want to make a backup copy of. There's data on it that is separate from the basic filesystem and it controls a piece of lab equipment we have. I was wondering, is there was a way of doing a low-level mirror of the USB drive, sort of like making an ISO of a CD, in case it fails, so that I can copy it to a new flash-drive and not have any downtime waiting for a replacement (or worse...the company fails and I cannot even get a new drive)?

Old 02-26-2007, 05:05 PM   #2
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Take a gander at this:

under the heading "Creating a hard drive backup image" you will find the commands that should do the trick. You would want to replace "/dev/hda" with the USB drive device. On my Ubuntu machine, it is usually "/dev/sda1" for my flash drive.


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