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typedef



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typedef
I want to clone my disk to a and I found some that are a major pain in the ass to use (Clonezilla) and some that use your CPU to mine coins (FOG) instead.

Can you folks recommend one. Preferably live or usb-bootable.
Post 28 Nov 2014, 17:05
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Matrix



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i recommend a linux, for live boot you might consider systemrescuecd, or if you don't mind 4GB then knoppix
you can use dd to clone a partition
Post 29 Nov 2014, 10:44
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Fixit



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If you are using Windows, I recommend Macrium Reflect.
Post 30 Nov 2014, 04:21
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typedef



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@Fixit thanks.

I think DD is way easier (double edged sword though). I already have lots of linux copies with me.

--Thanks, will get back soon.
Post 30 Nov 2014, 06:59
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Fixit



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I have Windows and Linux versions.

Does dd work with NTFS partitions as well ?

I may have used it a long time ago and found it to be 4X slower than Windows image backups.
Post 02 Dec 2014, 11:18
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gens



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i don't think the windows version would work on any partition
but yes, under linux dd can copy any partition to another or to a file
it's not only called "data destroyers", but also "disk destroyer" Smile

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-newbie-8/learn-the-dd-command-362506/
best examples

dd if=/dev/sdb2 ibs=4096 | gzip > partition.image.gz conv=noerror
to make a compressed backup

first program i made in fasm was dd
Post 02 Dec 2014, 13:23
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typedef



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typedef
Maybe this will help someone in the future.

I did this: Cloning 170+/250GB (Toshiba Laptop) to a 1TB HDD(HP Desktop) , Total time 1 hour + some minutes

First thing is to run %windir%\System32\sysprep\sysprep.exe to strip off all machine info (puts Windows into OBE mode), then turn it off.

Connect the disk at location 0 (any other location will crash Windows) to the new board, boot into it and and let Windows gather the board's info.

Clone your disk at 0 to your new disk at location 1 or above.

If you want to connect the old disk back to your old motherboard, you'll have to run sysprep again.

Swap the disks and you're done.

Do not use the MS disk backup tool (which just creates VHDs). It's slow as hell and often times very problematic. Took me 3+ hours to backup and restore.
Post 13 Dec 2014, 02:22
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Tyler



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If you're open to Linux based solutions, ArchWiki is the place to go: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Backup_programs#Non-incremental_backups

Partimage sounds good. (But I guess you've already accomplished what you wanted so it doesn't really matter anymore.)
Post 13 Dec 2014, 06:43
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