Browsing articles tagged with "diskcloning - 3/3 - Admins Goodies"
Aug 15, 2011
tom

Migrate Hosted VPS server to my own server

Is it possible to direct copy an entire VPS host to my own server? My current VPS is en the US and the response times from/to Denmark, is bugging me alot. I have previously had my own server, running FreeBSD – before i switched to the VPS. But for the sake of a quick’n’easy move, i wondered if i could just make a diskimage of the VPS an then extract it to my server – […]

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Aug 14, 2011
tom

cloning with dd – is non-partitioned space considered the same as empty space within filesystem for resulting image size?

note: all = all that i’ve found all the “cloning with dd” information talks about how dd copies all the “empty space”, but literally all writings seem to be responding to a situation where filesystems fill up the entire disk. what about the situation where i have two partitions that together fill up only 10% of 160G disk. what is the image size going to be for the good ol “dd if=/dev/sda of=disk.img” run: 16G […]

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Aug 13, 2011
tom

Get exact size in bytes of a disk & partitions in windows

I’m using dd (under cygwin) to copy a shadow image of a disk in windows. Shadow copy will only give me a partion, so what I am doing is: 1) using dd to grab the disk header (32k on Win2003) 2) using dd to copy the shadow partition 3) using dd to copy the end of of the disk (8 meg reserved on Win2003) 4) stitch them all together and boot on KVM I need […]

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Aug 12, 2011
tom

Best way to clone a live linux system

Does anybody know of a way to clone a live linux system? I have a live installation running a production site. Problem is, I’m needing to clone it (without bring it down), and then move it over (restore) to a virtual machine. I’m basically migrating from physical hardware to virtual hardware. On the source machine: dump -0 -f – / | ssh -c blowfish root@target_machine “cd /; restore -rf -” This will dump the fs […]

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Aug 12, 2011
tom

Clone disk with dd, and change blocksize?

I need to clone my 300GB disk to 500GB disk with dd, but the old disk (300GB) has too *big block size. Will this change the block size of output partition too? I understod that obs only meant to be used during copying, and would not change the partition block size? dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/hdb obs=4096 Note that this hda contains only one NTFS partition with Windows 7 installed which I try to clone to the […]

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Aug 11, 2011
tom

Windows 7 disk backup and clone for deployment to multiple systems

I’m in the process of deploying some new PCs (there’s only 8), all identical hardware. What I’d like to do is install Windows 7 (64bit), join to domain etc, install a bunch of other software, and then clone that drive to multiple other machines. I’d also like to be able to use it as a backup image, so the machine can be restored back to that image at some future date. I understand this involves […]

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Aug 11, 2011
tom

Hard Drive upgrade advice for a Dell PowerEdge 1950

My setup is a Dell PowerEdge 1950 with 2x 140Gb Hard drives in a RAID 1 configuration. The OS is Windows 2003 Web Edition and disk is partitioned into to two, a 12Gb C: partition and the remainder is the D: drive. Both are very close to full capacity. Ideally I want to replace those drives with 2x 1Tb drives while retaining all data. First of all is this possible without rebuilding the server? If […]

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Aug 10, 2011
tom

After using dd new disk cannot be booted and partition tables lost

After I used dd to clone a 120 gb hard disk to new empty 320 gb hard disk, the new disk cannot be booted. And fdisk tell me the partition table is no valid and Gparted just cannot edit the partitions.(I supposed I need to create a new partition on empty space) The command I used to clone disks is: dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/dev/sdb Any way to restore the partition table? or what is wrong with […]

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Aug 10, 2011
tom

Virtual to Physical desktop cloning

I am trying to clone a VMware Workstation VM so I can load it on the computers around our office. The VM in question is a Windows XP SP3 VM with a 40GB IDE VMDK. I am seriously missing something and I am close to giving up on this. The problem happens when I clone the VM, I software of choice is Clonezilla (current version as of 05-19-2011). The steps I followed were; I prepare […]

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Aug 9, 2011
tom

Hard Disk Un-used space

I have a hard drive of 150gb. I recently cloned a vmdk as physical onto this hard disk. My question is, because the vmdk was 90gb of partition space, the rest of my 150gb space is not shown as a partition. Do anyone know how to recover the rest of the space as partition? Use fdisk or some other partition editor of your choice and add some new partitions. It may also be possible to […]

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