Will Dyson on 18 Aug 2005 05:54:47 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] disk to disk copy

On 8/17/05, gyoza@comcast.net <gyoza@comcast.net> wrote:
> Kam Salisbury wrote:
> >
> >Why not give Ghost for Linux a try?
> >
> >http://freshmeat.net/projects/g4l/
> >
> >
> >
> Maybe.  I'm starting to regret not going for the $0.99 after rebate
> Norton Ghost 9 deal.
> The way I used to copy a drive is by disabling swap and just copying
> everything.  Then somehow I managed to make the new drive bootable.  The
> only problem is that sometime a file would fail to copy, ending the
> entire process which had already taken a good amount of time. T_T

The Ghost 4 linux project is an unknown to me (may have to check it
out), but I have used a combination of the ntfsclone and ntfsresize
commands to copy an ntfs filesystem from an old drive to a new drive,
and then resize it to fill the new drive. These commands should be
available in knoppix.

Partition the new drive first, then use ntfsclone to copy the fs image
to the partition on the new drive. Then use ntfsresize to resize it.

Booting to the recovery console from cd and using the 'fixmbr' and/or
'fixboot' commands should make the drive bootable.

For some reason, I have had very poor luck with copying windows
filesystems in a file-by-file manner (even with Fat32 filesystems,
where NTFS permissions and attributes aren't an issue). Just another
reason to prefer linux, imho.

Will Dyson
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