Cloning hard drive with dd or other?
p.echols at comcast.net
Sat Nov 13 17:47:54 UTC 2010
On 11/12/2010 06:55 PM, Ric Moore wrote:
> On Fri, 2010-11-12 at 18:32 -0800, Patton Echols wrote:
>> I have a failing hard drive that boots WinXP for one of my work machines.
>> I want to clone the drive while it's still alive and run from the
>> clone. I had expected to use dd and was reading to try and see if there
>> are challenges I am unaware of. The comments to this article:
>> say that it will not work if the drives have different geometries.
>> Does anyone know of work arounds / other solutions that may accomplish
>> what I need to do?
> Can you just backup the entire thing, (or just the data directories)
> install the new drive and copy it all back? Might be safer in the long
> run. I know, not very optimal, but I'd save the valuable data right
> away ...like last night. Ric
Yeah, I have that covered. All the mission critical stuff is backed
up. The big problem is a couple of proprietary database programs, the
data is safe, but the "relicensing" is intentionally difficult per the
vendor. I've had to do it before and it takes a couple of business
days. If I can get it running over the weekend, then my staff member
can work again starting monday, not wednesday.
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