using dd for cloning

Karl Larsen k5di at
Sat Feb 9 16:14:43 UTC 2008

elmo wrote:
> I have just about given up with using various cloning programs in ubuntu 
> and have just tried using the ' dd'
> command to copy partition to partition
> My UBUNTU is on partition sda2 and I'd like to clone it to sdc1 , a ext3 
> formatted partition on an external hard drive.
    Well you don't need to format sdc1 since dd brings over everything 
including the format :-)

> I tried  running:    dd if=/dev/sda2  of=/dev/sdc1 bs=512
> I couldn't see any action except a constantly blinking mark.
    It sounds like either /dev/sda2 or /dev/sdc1 or both do not exist.


>   I waited 
> for a minute or so and there was no change, just a blinking mark. I 
> wasn't sure if this indicated that data was being transferred or not.
> Can someone get me on the right track with the ' dd ' command?
> elmo 


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