Full drive backup and P2V
Mark H. Nichols
ubuntu.prole at gmail.com
Wed Dec 10 04:12:41 UTC 2008
Greetings All -
I've been dipping my toe in the Ubuntu pool via Wubi for several
weeks now and I'm ready to abandon my XP setup and have just Ubuntu
I would like to do two things to move from XP to Ubuntu.
First, I want to backup the entire drive. Using dd or rsync can I
make a full disk image of the drive (to an external USB backup
device) that could some day in the future be restored if I wanted?
In other words, would I be returned to the XP + Wubi setup I have
now? Would the command (dd or rsync or whatever) need to be run from
a Live CD?
Second, I would like to do a physical-to-virtual conversion of my
existing XP system, and once Ubuntu is up and running as the OS,
bring XP back as a virtual OS when desired. My hard drive is limited
in size however, as it has an 80 GB capacity, and it currently holds
70+ GB of data. I don't have restore disks for this machine, nor do
I have access to an XP CD, so virtualization is my only path to
retaining XP for posterity.
Can I create the virtual image to a USB drive? I am hoping that I
can selectively virtualize the XP system - I really only want the OS
and installed programs. Any data will be backup and deleted prior to
the virtualization, and would be re-introduced to the Ubuntu file
system as needed or desired.
Nothing is impossible if you don't know what you are doing.
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