duplicating Linux installations - Was a wibble wish list

Ow Mun Heng Ow.Mun.Heng at wdc.com
Fri Jun 11 18:56:59 UTC 2004

On Thu, 2004-06-10 at 15:31, Jim Cornette wrote:
> Kevin Freeman wrote:
> >On Thu, 2004-06-10 at 10:57 +0200, Chadley Wilson wrote:
> >  
> >
> >>I can prepare close 448 Linux hard drives a day using my two disk
> >>duplicators. But with the windows drive I can triple that with ease,
> >>because it only dumps the data not the free space too, a dump takes 3
> >>mins for a 3gig install.
> >>
> >>    
> >>
> >
> >Have you tried partimage?  I have used it for backing up machines before
> >swapping drives.  The images contain only used data blocks, and when
> >restoring you have the option of skipping unused blocks - should be very
> >fast if it can be used with your duplicators.
> >
> >http://www.partimage.org/
> >http://dag.wieers.com/packages/partimage/
> >
> >
> Thanks for the mentioning of this program. We are getting ready to move 
> onto Linux for a system at work. This sounds like a useful program. I'll 
> try this out,  ghosting the linux drives seems to corrupt grub, with my 
> few trials.

yeah.. Partimage is Good for exactly these sort of putposes. It also has 
an option for transferring over a network. I duplicated my 30GB to my new 
80GB with ease.

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