Somewhat OT: cloning hard disks

luke speakup at
Thu Sep 25 02:14:54 EDT 2008

One potential problem with dd, is that there is no integrety checking.  I 
don't know if there is with partimage either, but with multiple gig 
drives, you may run into circumstances where that would be a good thing to 


On Wed, 24 Sep 2008, Janina Sajka wrote:

> I'm still a fan of dd for such tasks.
> You mention speed, but I wonder why that should be an issue. Even if dd
> is slow, are you actually doing so many disks over so many days, weeks,
> and months that it really matters? Or, maybe you're worried about tyeing
> up your only workstation? In wich case I'd just do it overnight.
> Janina
> Alex Snow writes:
> > 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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