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Is there an application that will do a short image copy of a USB drive to another USB drive? I need something that doesn't run off a live cd

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Is this to copy files from drive a to drive b, or copy an image of drive a to drive b? There's an important difference. Otherwise a dd command should work. And what do you mean by short? Fast? –  Bart Silverstrim Jun 28 '10 at 16:32
    
I want to do a bit-by-bit copy, and maybe you heard of it as a smart copy? Basically it would copy only the blocks that are being used by the files, and ignore the rest of the drive –  Nick Jun 28 '10 at 17:19
    
What filesystem will your USB drive have? Most short image copy applications must be aware of how the filesystem stores things. –  Zoredache Jun 28 '10 at 17:57
    
they'll be either FAT or FAT32 –  Nick Jun 28 '10 at 18:03
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If you have access to linux you can probably do this in Gparted or from the CLI

dd if=/dev/? of=driveimage.bin

then to copy the image to the device

dd if=driveimage.bin of=/dev/?

with ? being the USB device. Just think if = "input file" of = "output file" dd will do a dump of the raw data on the device, including the partition tables.

for windows this might work XXClone

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I was thinking about this, but this does the whole drive, not just the blocks that are being used. –  Nick Jun 28 '10 at 17:20
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