Cloning hard drive with dd or other?

Doug dmcgarrett at
Sat Nov 13 22:16:34 UTC 2010

On 11/13/2010 1:05 PM, Patton Echols wrote:
> On 11/12/2010 09:00 PM, Basil Chupin wrote:
>> On 11/13/2010 03:05 PM, Mark wrote:
>>> On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 6:55 PM, Ric Moore<wayward4now at>   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:

>> things won't wind up in the right place because a sector by sector
>> copy (which dd can/does do) won't necessarily put your data in the
>> right place with the right access set up if the partitions should be
>> in different places, and so on.
> Means that windows will not boot.  The existing drive has windows on a
> single / first partition.

As I said before, Miray HDClone _will_ produce a bootable Windows XP, as
well as a bootable grub Linux.  I know that because I did it.
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  --A.M. Greeley

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