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

steve gilmore stegil at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 21 13:38:41 UTC 2005

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.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carl Keil" <carl at snarlnet.com>
To: <k12osn at redhat.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2005 11:29 PM
Subject: [K12OSN] Making an exact, bootable copy of a bootable hard drive

> Hello,
> I have a k12ltsp v. 4.2.1 server that is acting strangely (see next 
> email).  I am wondering if there is a process for duplicating its main 
> hard drive.  I have 2 drives in the box, one is a new 120 gig drive for 
> /home and the other is a very old 13 gig drive for everything else.  What 
> I'd like to do is copy the 13 gig drive to a newish 40 gig and see if that 
> solves my crashing problem.  Is there a way to do this with DD or LVM from 
> a ubuntu live disk, or knoppix or something?  How do I make sure I copy 
> all the partitions and boot sectors and all that?  The drive is currently 
> windows format, so I need a procedure that takes me from fdisk through 
> rebooting.  I've been doing linux for years, but I'm still a newb.  I've 
> googled for a procedure and found a few ways to do it for other Linux 
> distros, but not sure if I trust random pages off the internet.
> TIA,
> ck
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