Full drive backup and P2V

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Wed Dec 10 06:16:12 UTC 2008

Mark H. Nichols wrote:
> 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 installed.
> 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?

You might have some issues doing a perfect rsync copy of the NTFS part.
 I would recommend either backing up Win and Ubuntu separately (best) or
doing dd.

Using Wubi does complicate things, IMHO.  E.g. don't use your NTFS
solution to bacup the Wubi file.

I would recommend doing a major restore (beyond user data) from a LiveCD.

Matt Flaschen

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