Harddisk cloning software

Tim Chase blinux.list at thechases.com
Thu Dec 25 13:53:36 UTC 2008

> Does anyone know some harddisk cloning software that is accessible?

The common tool is just to use the "dd" program from the 
command-line to clone one drive to another one.  It's somewhat 
dangerous if misused, so BE CAREFUL to read the man-pages 
carefully.  However, the basics would be (assuming "hda" is your 
source and "hdb" is your destination drive) something like

   dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/hdb

BE CAREFUL.  I've tromped atop my hard-drive using this before 
(accidentally getting the wrong destination device), so make sure 
you've got a backup and you triple-check your parameters.


PS:  Did I mention to BE CAREFUL?  *smile*

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