Somewhat OT: cloning hard disks

John covici covici at
Tue Sep 23 16:45:04 EDT 2008

I use acronis for this purpose -- unfortunately its under that other
operating system, but does work and although somewhat quirky is
accessible with WindowEyes.

on Tuesday 09/23/2008 Alex Snow(alex_snow at wrote
 > Hi,
 > Was just given the task of cloning several machines from a master that I 
 > installed.  THe master has both Windows XP and Ubuntu 8.04 installed.  
 > What's the best way to make an image of this drive so it can be copied 
 > to several other drives? I was thinking of just using DD, but is there 
 > any faster way? partimage looked interesting, but it looked like a pain 
 > to clone an entire disk (doing it one partition at a time, then losing 
 > the MBR from the original drive).
 > Also looked at clonezilla which looked somewhat promising (it uses a 
 > console interface so could have speakup integrated into it), but I was 
 > unable to find any source (or even a copy of the kernel config so I 
 > could recompile)
 > Any advice would be greatly apreciated.
 > -- 
 > lp1 on fire
 > 	-- One of the more obfuscated kernel messages
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