Disk images with dd

David Woyciesjes woyciesjes at sbcglobal.net
Wed Apr 12 17:28:24 UTC 2006

Daniel Carrera wrote:

> Antony Gelberg wrote:
>> Indeed.  You have made a partiton image by the way, not a disk image.
>> dd is not necessarily the best tool for this.
> I could also make a disk image. I don't know if it would work though.
>> systemimager.  You might like it.
> I don't know if I can make SystemImager work with the Ubuntu OEM 
> install. Remmeber how the OEM install works:
> 1. The OEM (ie. me) installs the system, gets an 'oem' password and 
> finishes whatever other configuration he wants.
> 2. The OEM shuts the coputer.
> 3. When the computer boots next, it should be on the user's desk. It 
> asks the user for a username and password and disables the oem account.
> The right time to make the disk image is between (2) and (3). For this I 
> need to boot using a rescue disk or a LiveCD. Then I was thinking of 
> running dd to make a backup of /dev/hda. I worry that SystemImger might 
> not do what I want here. From the documentation it looks like it will 
> make an image of the system that the client is running in (ie. the LiveCD).
> I'll take a closer look, but I think that it can't do what I need.

	Just checked, and Norton (Symantec) Ghost supports ext2, ext3, and 
linux swap partitions. Boot from a floppy with Ghost on it, and make the 
image to a USB drive. Or stick a second drive in the case, for faster 
transfer speed.
	There are probably other Ghost clones out there too. Actually, this CD 
might be just what you need...

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