[K12OSN] Making an exact, bootable copy of a bootable hard drive

R. Scott Belford scott at hosef.org
Wed Dec 21 22:28:44 UTC 2005

steve gilmore wrote:
> I have used both Ghost 4Unix (command line) & Ghost 4Linux (gui), 
> available via freshmeat.net. You boot up with this cd and it binary 
> copies + compress (dd + gz) to another drive,ftp site etc.. or restore. 
> You should have a network anonymous ftp site for your backups . I have 
> been saved many times by this . Also your reference to random crashes is 
> exactly what was happening to one of my servers. It was a failed HD.
> But , a HD thats failing will be harder to binary copy due to bad 
> sectors that will probably be skipped , thus lost data.
> SteveG

Another great imaging option is Systemimager.  It uses rsync, you can 
make customizable boot floppies, and, well, it rocks.



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