Windows/Linux Dual Boot HD Cloning?

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  1. ronbo613

    ronbo613 Golden Member

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    Is there any cloning/imaging software that can clone a Windows XP Pro/Linux Ubuntu 12.04 dual boot hard drive?
     
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    Coup27 Platinum Member

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    Acronis true image home 2012 does support a range of Linux file systems so it may be able to do it. It also has a sector by sector feature but that will require equal space to the size of your current disk.

    Paragon drive backup also supports Linux file systems and I have had good experiences with O&O disk image 6 which has forensic reading and writing methods.

    Think it may be a case of doing some trials.
     
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    ronbo613 Golden Member

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    I was planning some trial and error work, I was hoping somebody had done it before to save me some time and provide a start point.
    Thanks for your input, I've used Paragon and Acronis before, they are on the list....
     
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    paperwastage Golden Member

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    clonezilla works too

    *ubuntu 11.10 + w7 pro
     
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    Cool. Downloaded it and have it on my list of stuff to try. Just went to #1.
     
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    gparted is a nice livecd distro designed for partition management.
     
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    ronbo613 Golden Member

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    I've used gparted to help migrate operating systems from a hard drive to an SSD, but I'm not sure how it would handle the boot sectors of a dual boot cloning operation.
     
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    ronbo613 Golden Member

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    Clonezilla did the job.
    I've used Acronis for my Windows cloning tasks, I think I will switch to Clonezilla; more options.
     
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    paperwastage Golden Member

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    great to hear this.....

    With clonezilla + SSDs, no reason not to backup the SSD into a HDD regularly(my 96GB takes less than 10 minutes to dump)
     
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    I use cloning software like Clonezilla mainly on XP and Linux computers. With the SSD I have on my Windows 7 rig, I use the Windows Backup/Imaging tool to back up the boot drive to various hard drives.