OT. Duplicating Disk.

Leslie Jensen leslie at eskk.nu
Mon Sep 27 12:07:22 UTC 2010

On 2010-09-28 13:00, Jorge Biquez wrote:
> Hello all.
> This is kind off topic.
> U have and "old" laptopn, an Acer Travelmate 4670. It has a sata disk,
> 120Gb. It has been working fine in all these years. I have installed
> Freebsd with its boot manager and inside has Windows and a distro linux.
> I choose what OS to use depending on my needs every time I boot.
> I have decided to give it fresh air and I bought a disk of 500GB.
> Instead of installing everything again I would like to duplicate entire
> disk, as is, with its MBR and all partitions for all the different OS's.
> I bought an USB enclosure that is working fine. The machine recognice
> the new disk if I attach it as a USB disk (in all OS no problem on
> that). As a test also I decided to change disks and install somethig, no
> problem at all.
> My question is. What would be your advice on what tool to use to
> duplicate entire disk? (the adjust of size for the partitions of each
> different OS can be done later, no problem I guess).
> I was recommend to use DiskImageXML, booting alone and copy the disk but
> it does not work. Not yet.
> I guess the problem is that the original disk still has a 4Gb partition
> with all the Acer tools , the first partition, to recover teh Windows XP
> origibal system (type or partition EISA). Not sure on that but that
> program is not working. I receive an error when booting.
> On my desktop I used to use old Norton Ghost 2003 with my IDE disk and
> still work fine, but here does not work at all since the USB ports are
> not recognized.
> Do you know of a program tool that can be used that boot alone, free if
> possible or cheap, that let me copy entire disk, as is, that do the job?
> I am sorry for the kind of off topic and thanks in advance
> Jorge Biquez

I've done what you want to do. Using the PartedMagic CD.


  On the cd is the program Ghost4Linux. It can image disks with UFS 
partitions as well as long as you don't need to resize them.


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