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Creating restore image of dual boot hard drive

by bobdobob5 / August 22, 2011 2:28 PM PDT

I have several computers that I want to be able to dual boot between Ubuntu Linux and Windows XP, all with the same settings and files. Is there anyway that I can create an image of the entire hard drive (2 partitions) and restore it to multiple computers rather than making separate images of Ubuntu and XP?

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Sure but there is a big problem to solve.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2011 2:37 AM PDT

Those images will only work if the machines are identical. Also, Windows Activation will cause some trouble.

Bob

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I know.
by bobdobob5 / August 23, 2011 9:48 AM PDT

The computers will be identical or almost identical, so I think I am ok there. As for Windows Activation, I think there is something called Sysprep that will work.

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dual boot.
by gilligan3 / August 23, 2011 10:32 AM PDT
In reply to: I know.

There are several software programs- some free, others inexpensive that may solve this for you. You did not mention computer specs so I assume you have checked to see if your computers can carry all the info on the hard drives. Just a thought.

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Imaging apps.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2011 10:41 AM PDT
In reply to: I know.

Acronis would be best as it will handle drive size changes. Clonezilla is free.
Bob

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Thanks!
by bobdobob5 / August 24, 2011 10:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Imaging apps.

Clonezilla looks great. Thanks!

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