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Windows 7: Re:Cloning/Backing up a harddisk containing Linux via a Win7 pc

19 Jun 2012   #1

windows 7
 
 
Re:Cloning/Backing up a harddisk containing Linux via a Win7 pc

Hi Team,

I need your recommendations for software to make copy of a sata hard drive via inserting it into an external sata dock and hooking it up to a Windows 7 pc. The sata disk will actually contain the Linux Fedora server operating system plus an accounts system. A long story short - i will take the disk out of the original x86 box and require a successful method for an exact clone/back up of the Linux disk.


Have any of you experience in successfully achieving this?


Thank you for looking.

All the best.

Andy

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19 Jun 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb


Where,
  • if=/dev/sda : Input disk (source)
  • of=/dev/sdb : Output disk (destination)
Is what i use and recommend, if the target disk is larger, clone as is, then expand partition on windows via disk management.
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19 Jun 2012   #3

windows 7
 
 

HI oldMX thanks for getting back so promptly.

I will be performing the cloning/backup entirely from within the Windows 7 pc. Could you please how i can implement this command "dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb" specifically from within windows 7? It looks like a unix command statement (after a quick google search)and i don't think i can issue this command from the windows command prompt.

The sole purpose of my objective is to insert the new cloned disk(which will be of the same size) into the original machine in case it crashes.


Thanks once again
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20 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Although it doesn't operate under Windows, you could burn Clonezilla (which will use dd if necessary) to a bootable CD. It'll clone or image most of the well used file systems:

Clonezilla - About

Clonezilla - Downloads
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20 Jun 2012   #5

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bethy1234 View Post
HI oldMX thanks for getting back so promptly.

I will be performing the cloning/backup entirely from within the Windows 7 pc. Could you please how i can implement this command "dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb" specifically from within windows 7? It looks like a unix command statement (after a quick google search)and i don't think i can issue this command from the windows command prompt.

The sole purpose of my objective is to insert the new cloned disk(which will be of the same size) into the original machine in case it crashes.


Thanks once again
Sorry bethy1234, i forgot to specify that command needs to be performed under any live unix variant, like ubuntu, mint, etc, but it works flawless all the time if you follow that route
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