Hard drive imaging

Michael L Torrie torriem at chem.byu.edu
Wed Jun 21 09:22:53 MDT 2006

On Wed, 2006-06-21 at 09:11 -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.
> 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?

What OS?  If it is Linux, there are a number of tools for doing this,
that can work with partitions and the file systems in order to expand
and fit the disk.

> Thanks,
> Stephen

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