Hard drive imaging

Charles Curley charlescurley at charlescurley.com
Wed Jun 21 09:55:15 MDT 2006


On Wed, Jun 21, 2006 at 09:11:46AM -0600, 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.

You don't say what operating system(s) you intend to have on the hard
drive.

> 
> 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.

That sounds wasteful, depending on how much empty space is on the
HD. Also, it allows no flexibility in restoring to larger drives.

> 
> 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?

For Linux, try
http://www.charlescurley.com/Linux-Complete-Backup-and-Recovery-HOWTO.html

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