[conspire] disk imaging programs

Nick Jennings nkj at iaminsane.com
Tue Mar 25 17:37:18 PST 2003

Have you tried using 'dd'? Just make a boot floppy, like tomsrtbt and
boot off it. Assuming you have the disk you'd like to create the image
from and the disk you'd like to put the image on, in the same system,
you can just use dd to write, sector by sector, the disk image.

For instance if you have a working linux system on /dev/hda, and a blank
hard drive of the same side as /dev/hdb, after booting off the floppy
(so that none of the disks are in use) you can do a:

dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/hdb

(if = input file/device)
(of = ouput file/device)

WARNING: you could wipe out everything if you do this wrong.

- Nick

On Tue, Mar 25, 2003 at 05:14:18PM -0800, Sean Wolfe-Justice wrote:
> Can anybody point me in the right direction:
> I have been wrestling with a couple Linux-originated disk cloning apps, 
> PartImage and CloneIt. They both have procedures to create bootable images 
> but I can't seem to make them work using rawrite.
> I've had difficulty downloading the files as well. Sometimes wget just 
> stops after about 20k is downloaded.
> PartImage www.partimage.org disk images 
> http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=6212&release_id=78032
> CloneIt http://www.ferzkopp.net/Software/CloneIt/CloneIt.html
> This CloneIt looks pretty neat. So why do his disk image files not make a 
> readable floppy? I sucessfully (I think) downloaded the files, gunziped 
> them, and wrote them to floppy.
> I should admit that being a Linux newbie, much of this has been done under 
> Windows. But rawrite is for Windows, and a raw floppy image is the same 
> regardless, right? My Debian boot floppies come up just fine on my Windows 
> machine.
> If anybody can recommend something else to try, or their favorite cloning 
> tool, that would be great. Maybe I just need to go buy Ghost.
> TIA, -Sean.
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