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'[OT]: Linux partition clone/backup application?'
2001\02\19@061841 by D Lloyd

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Hi,

Our Linux server is about to go belly-up (the HD heads are a-singin' their
death whine). Can anyone suggest a decent program for cloning the Linux
partition to a Windows box? I know this is sacrelige but desperate times
mean desperate measures.

Regards,
Dan

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2001\02\19@071937 by ichard Phillips

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If you want to do an exact copy, you could try Drive Image Pro by PowerQuest
(available from just about every software reseller) - it can take full
images of partitions and restore them to another drive.

Norton Ghost should be able to do a similar job.

Of course, if you want to actually use the linux installation with the
existing windows one, you'll have to setup a boot manager of some kind -
BootMagic (bundled with powerquest partition magic), or use one of the many
Linux free boot loaders.

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2001\02\19@080209 by Stephen B Webb

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> Our Linux server is about to go belly-up (the HD heads are a-singin' their
> death whine). Can anyone suggest a decent program for cloning the Linux
> partition to a Windows box? I know this is sacrelige but desperate times
> mean desperate measures.

I would stick in a new drive and use dd to copy it.  As far as putting it
on a windows partition, I guess I would mount a windows drive and then
tar+gzip it to the windows drive.

-Steve

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2001\02\19@095801 by Ray Gardiner

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If you can put in another drive, then it's a bit more straight forward.
I just did this, I just formattted the new drive, and copied everything
from the old drive, using cp -dpR /xxx  where xxx is each directory
the -dpR is essential to keep dates, permissions and of course R is
recursive descent so that all the subdirectories are copied. after getting
everything off the dying drive, I then made a boot floppy so I could remove
the old drive, edit /etc/fstab and /etc/mtab to /dev/hda from /dev/hdb

If you have a mail server on the box, then you need to disconnect the network
and copy the mail spool files and user mailboxes, while disconnected from
the network otherwise you might lose mail during the change over. Then
Only reconnect when the mail server is running on the new drive.

No doubt there are utitities that do all this, but this worked fine.


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