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Is HD, SSD or SD card cloning a good practice?

Cloning is very convenient if multiple identical systems need to be created. But I have the following concern. As far as I know during formatting of file system and even during it's use a bad disk ...
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LVM snapshot of btrfs volume changes mounted device

I have a btrf volume on top of LVM. Now I want to do a snapshot on the lvm level (NOT on the btrfs level). But every time I create the LVM snapshot, btrfs changes the mounted block device to the ...
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Prepare a disk to be imaged by Clonezilla for use on smaller disks?

A recurring problem we have is that the computers we use to build our master images on may have larger hard drives than some of the target systems' drives. Its well-known that Clonezilla won't put a ...
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Problems cloning a bootable disk

I have an 80gb hard drive that is quite old, I expect it to fail soon. So I am trying to clone it to a bigger, newer disk or simply make a virtual machine out of it. I used various tools to clone my ...
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Migration with SysPrep, ImageX and

I know that you can use SysPrep and ImageX to create a prepared image that can be used on several systems but the question is. How well does it work in a corporate environment of moving machines from ...
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DD broke my whole partition - boot failed: not a bootable disk . Any way to recover it?

Im kind of freaking out here, if anyone can help me please help me... This happened to a Windows 2012 KVM virtual machine. I had a very important database running in it, if I could only recover that ...
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Why did cloning my Amazon EC2 node set off automatically generating a new ssh host key pair?

My normal backup process is to create a new AMI from an EC2 instance I have running Amazon's linux. This is convenient because the EC2 console automatically shuts down the node , makes a copy and ...
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Automatically restoring a hard disk image using network boot

I have a bunch of identical PCs that I need to restore to factory default hard disk images as easily as possible. By default, they have network boot enabled, so it seems like the easiest method would ...
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Why is Clonezilla faster than dd?

On my SSD imaging (Source and Destination are 2 SSDs) I get 12GBpm using CloneZilla while with dd I get only 5GBpm. What makes Clonezilla so much faster than dd?
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cloning windows server 2008 OS drive to smaller drive using Robocopy

I'd like to clone a bootable OS disk using robocopy. The source drive is larger than the destination, but with plenty of free space. Is it possible, and if it is, what do I need to keep in mind to ...
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Can I take a domain pc hard drive and put it in the exact same hardware and leave it as it is on the domain without running any sys prep?

I have a workstation in a domain that has failed with hardware related issues. The actual hard drive is fine and is not the issue with with the workstation. Since we have spares of these workstations, ...
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ddrescue - cloning a device

I am running the following command [root@localhost ~]# ddrescue -vf /dev/sdf /dev/sdg rescue.log Do I need to do anything else after that to make the drive bootable? One place said I should do a ...
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Cloning bitmap free count err on proxmox drive

I have a small business server (custome build) that runs proxmox for virtualizing common office services (samba, AD, web server, etc). I use clonezilla for all my cloning purposes and have never ...
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Solaris 10: How to image a machine?

I've got a Solaris 10 workstation that I'd like to create a full image backup from. The machine has 2 drives, one UFS for system root, and 1 ZFS for data storage. I intend to add a third HD to keep ...
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Imaging OS X installations

We have about 20 Macs in our shop, all of which have been setup and configured as they were purchased. We have a mix of computers and years (some Mac Minis, some iMacs, some MacBook Pros). They're not ...
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How create ghost images and copy to many drives [closed]

I am looking for the cleanest and most reliable solution to create ghost images of a windows 7 based machine and copy these images to multiple hard drives. I am looking for the software needed to ...
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Acronis Cloning of Redhat Linux Server

I tried to evaluate Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 for my redhat linux before deciding what cloning software to purchase for my company, but doesn't seem to get it working. My redhat linux box has ...
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Best way to “clone” my Windows Server 2008 R2?

I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 Machine with 1 physical hard drive. I have an exact copy of the hardware of it, which I intend to use a a redundant backup in case my server fails (hardware or ...
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Can cloning a hard disk drive to a SSD drive physically damage the SSD or the performance of the SSD?

I have a new SSD drive, I want to use it to replace the old mechanical hard disk drive in a laptop. The laptop had a new O/S (Windows 7 64-bit) installed about 9 months ago and I want to know if it's ...
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What's the best way to clone multiple PCs from one machine?

Where I work we have dozens and dozens of old ThinkPad laptops. A lot of these can be reused but not for our needs. They have been long since replaced. The higher-ups have decided to donate them to ...
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Full Disk Imaging when machine is running

I am looking for a disk imaging solution that can run in background when my machine is up and running (e.g. via cron). I am using an Ubuntu machine. In the past I have used Clonezilla for periodic ...
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How to Mirror or Clone a Spanned Volume in Windows 2008

I have a spanned volume (3x6+ TB disks spanned to one 20+ TB volume) that I need to mirror or clone to a new 20+ TB (unspanned) volume. Once mirrored or cloned I'm going to destroy the original ...
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Cloning a Linux Server after I have all configured

I'm a super noob with Linux and I wanted to know how to Clone/Ghost a linux install from one server to another (they are pretty much the same hardware, Dell R710s) but I need to make many of them and ...
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Hard Disk Un-used space

I have a hard drive of 150gb. I recently cloned a vmdk as physical onto this hard disk. My question is, because the vmdk was 90gb of partition space, the rest of my 150gb space is not shown as a ...
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CloneZilla PXE Boot Without NFS

I am trying to setup CloneZilla to be bootable via PXE without using NFS. I do not have NFS running on our PXE server and would like to keep it that way. However, most of the information that I have ...
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How to clone with cat?

I want to clone an 8.1gig bootable disk to an 8.0gig disk and have the clone remain bootable. dd causes problems because the destination disk is a few mb smaller than the source. Can "cat" help me ...
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Virtual to Physical desktop cloning

I am trying to clone a VMware Workstation VM so I can load it on the computers around our office. The VM in question is a Windows XP SP3 VM with a 40GB IDE VMDK. I am seriously missing something and ...
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How does Windows 2008 remember drive letter / mount point associations?

We use storage array features to clone LUNs and then map these "new" LUNs out again to the same or different hosts. A typical case is when we refresh between environments, so imagine cloning a LUN ...
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Is it possible to restore disk image to a different size hard disk

recently I made a backup 120 GB disk image using dd: dd if=/dev/sda of=backup.img Now I have a new 320 GB hard disk and want to restore that backup image to that new disk. Will running dd ...
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Need advice regarding Hard Disk Cloning

The primary hard drive sda of my cent os server has got many 'offline uncorrectable sectors' and hence I am planning to clone the drive. But cloning the entire drive is not a feasible solution, as it ...
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How to copy image of used portion of boot HD to smaller replacement SSD

I bought a 80gb Intel SSD to be my primary boot and system disk. I have trimmed my current primary (500gb RAID1) down to 60gb. I want to now image or copy and make the SSD my primary. The software ...
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After using dd new disk cannot be booted and partition tables lost

After I used dd to clone a 120 gb hard disk to new empty 320 gb hard disk, the new disk cannot be booted. And fdisk tell me the partition table is no valid and Gparted just cannot edit the ...
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How to prepare a custom installation of Windows 7 for cloning to a dozen machines with various hardware configurations?

I would like the image to detect and install storage controller and video drivers for a limited but varying set of machines, known ahead of time. Windows 7 x64 and Windows Server 2008 R2. I would ...
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How do I replace hard drives in a Dell PowerEdge 1950

My Dell PowerEdge 1950 has 2x 3.5inch 146Gb SAS attached to a PERC 5/I Raid controller card in a raid1 configuration. I want to replace these with 2x 2TB SATA drives which the Dell documentation ...
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Hard Drive upgrade advice for a Dell PowerEdge 1950

My setup is a Dell PowerEdge 1950 with 2x 140Gb Hard drives in a RAID 1 configuration. The OS is Windows 2003 Web Edition and disk is partitioned into to two, a 12Gb C: partition and the remainder is ...
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Windows 7 disk backup and clone for deployment to multiple systems

I'm in the process of deploying some new PCs (there's only 8), all identical hardware. What I'd like to do is install Windows 7 (64bit), join to domain etc, install a bunch of other software, and then ...
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Disk Imaging and Recovery Software for Windows XP SP3

I have just installed Windows XP SP3 in my workstation and I have a strange behavior in Acronis TrueImage Disk Imaging Software I use. I notices from some forums that there is lot o f posts regarding ...
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Clone disk with dd, and change blocksize?

I need to clone my 300GB disk to 500GB disk with dd, but the old disk (300GB) has too *big block size. Will this change the block size of output partition too? I understod that obs only meant to be ...
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Best way to clone a live linux system

Does anybody know of a way to clone a live linux system? I have a live installation running a production site. Problem is, I'm needing to clone it (without bring it down), and then move it over ...
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Get exact size in bytes of a disk & partitions in windows

I'm using dd (under cygwin) to copy a shadow image of a disk in windows. Shadow copy will only give me a partion, so what I am doing is: 1) using dd to grab the disk header (32k on Win2003) 2) using ...
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help building a PC that can image a dozen hard drives simultaneously

Not sure if this belongs on here or SuperUser, but here goes... I'm trying to figure out how to make a mass hard drive imaging PC out of COTS parts. A dedicated imaging device can do 10 drives at a ...
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What's the best way to store an image?

I am attempting to create my own one-off imaging utility based on fedora and I have one main question. The utility (well, in theory) will save a raw image of the machine to a network storage ...
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cloning with dd - is non-partitioned space considered the same as empty space within filesystem for resulting image size?

note: all = all that i've found all the "cloning with dd" information talks about how dd copies all the "empty space", but literally all writings seem to be responding to a situation where ...
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Migrate Hosted VPS server to my own server

Is it possible to direct copy an entire VPS host to my own server? My current VPS is in the US and the response times from/to Denmark are bugging me a lot. I have previously had my own server, ...
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Restore Windows from local system image

Back in the day (late 90s) I worked with a school who partitioned their desktop systems into two drives, the main Windows drive and a secondary hidden drive which held a system image for easy restore ...
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Cloning a disk to a directory

What’s the best way to clone an old smaller drive to a directory of a new larger one? I want to use this not as a backup but just for reference and will trash it after a while. It could be just one ...
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Looking to replace Ghost with FSArchiver or Clonezilla, few questions about capabilities

I work for a PC Repair company and we are looking into setting up a dedicated machine with externally accessible SATA bays to clone harddrives as a safety net incase something goes wrong during a ...
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What's the best way to move a windows 7 installation from a hdd to another?

I have a hdd with windows 7 installed on it. I would like to move (or clone) the whole system to another (in this case smaller) hdd. What is the best and easiest way to do it? Basically I would need ...
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Cloning single disk drive to multiple drives simultaneously

I am looking for a way to clone single disk drive to more than one disk drive at the same time. I have prepared system images on 1TB disks, and it takes almost 2 hours to clone one disk to another, ...
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Disk image of a Windows 2000 NTFS hard drive

I need to create a disk image from a Windows 2000, NTFS formatted, hard drive. This image has to be used to create backup hard drives to replace the original disk in case an emergency situation ...