Re: Cloning hard drive with dd or other?
- From: Mark <mhullrich@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2010 17:09:28 -0800
On Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 9:59 AM, Patton Echols <p.echols@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 10:05 PM, Mark <mhullrich@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
The question is if the new disk will then boot XP without having to to
surgery. That's the goal.
I think it will. I recently replaced the primary hard drive in a Win
XP system and just used a different Win XP machine to do the copy.
(Technically, I copied all the files off the old disk drive onto one
of my Win XP laptops, then connected the new disk and copied them
back. No special handling required, but that *was* a Windows-only
Everything worked just fine, and in spite of my slight case of nerves,
the only problem was a weird oddity with Office 2003 that was acting
up before the changeover anyway. I wound up having to remove it (the
hard way - by hand) and installing Office XP instead (because she
didn't have the original Office 2003 install CDs ).
Other than that one glitch, Windows came up just fine.
That would copy all the files, but would the partition be bootable justIIRC, fdisk allows you to set up partitions and mark them as bootable
like the old one? I find it hard to believe that cloning windows is
or not. That might be all you need. If not, there is the Windows
install CD's Recovery mode that will let you rewrite the MBR, which
should be sufficient to allow Windows to boot (but I've never done
that, so regard with an appropriately sized grain of salt).
Certainly worth looking at. All options are open until you mess upI would recommend ntfsclone over dd. It will only copy the blocks
with data in them, instead of every block, making it much faster. I
also seem to have better general success with it. With it, you should
be able to copy to a disk of the same size or larger. I would start
by making the partitions the exact same, copying everything and making
sure it boots okay, then using any of the dozens of good, free
partitioning software out there to expand the NTFS partition to fill
the rest of the drive.
Thanks Preston, I'll give those a read.
the new disk, but you can back out or reapply any changes as long as
the original disk is still available as a working source. Like I
said, my experience with a straight disk-to-disk copy worked just
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