Hard drive imaging
nick at byu.edu
Wed Jun 21 09:22:42 MDT 2006
On Wednesday 21 June 2006 09:11, Stephen Ward wrote:
> I'm looking for a convenient way to image a single hard drive and then
> deploy it on out to a bunch of other drives with capacity greater than or
> equal to that of the original.
> What I've come up with is to use the dd command to rip the raw data off the
> drive and save it to a file. I'd like to store the file on a large Windows
> share, so I'd probably mount the share with samba and then just tell dd to
> save the file there. Then to deploy, I'd just do the reverse.
> Maybe I'd mix in a little gzip/gunzip piping as well.
> Any thoughts? Is there already some tool out there designed for this that
> would save me a few steps?
You could just export /dev/hdX as an nbd, and on the target machine use dd
to copy it. That should have far less overhead than smb/cifs. Even nc should
out perform smb/cifs.
If you want, you could still image the file and store it on the windows box.
There is a port of the nbd-server for windows.
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