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Linux based HDD cloning utility

by trevoristight / June 4, 2006 4:18 AM PDT

I am trying to use a Linux based hard drive cloning freeware utility called Digital Dolly, I am having problems choosing the destintion partition. I don't know the exact syntax all I know is that the C: drive is "dev/hda1" and the D: drive is "dev/hda2" Please help>

I have a Compaq V2000 notebook with the Tourion 64, 1.25 GB of ram, 60 GB of hdd partioned into a 15 and 40GB partitions.

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Partition info
by Ixthusdan / June 5, 2006 3:48 AM PDT

Linux tracks hardware. hd="hard drive," the letter corresponds to the position on the bus, and the number is the partition on the drive. So, hda1 is the first partition on the Primary Master hard drive. hdb2 would be the second partition on the Primary Slave hard drive. hdc is Secondary Master and hdd is Secondary Slave designations.

You only have one hard drive with 2 partitions, hence hda1 and hda2. What are you trying to do?

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the syntax thing
by trevoristight / June 5, 2006 6:27 AM PDT
In reply to: Partition info

What I am trying to do is I am trying to use a Linux based hard drive cloning freeware utility called Digital Dolly. I am going to re-install everything and clone my hard drive soon afterwards to make it quiker and easier the next time as I like to do a fresh install often throughout the year. Thank you for your reply, now that I got the hda1 and hda2 thing perhaps you can help me with the syntax thing. I believe that I have to start off with a "\" to indicate the root but do I have to name it and end with anything special? I tried: \mnt\dev\hda\filename but that didn't work

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Forward slashes!
by Ixthusdan / June 5, 2006 9:31 AM PDT
In reply to: the syntax thing

Linux uses forward slashes, rather than back slashes.
/mnt is a directory used to "mount" partitions, folders, file systems, etc. /dev is where the system actually sees hardware. You will only refer to /dev in config files and generally not as commands in a program, but ya' never know! My guess is that you need something like /mnt/partitionnamehere/foldernamehere, as long as you actually have the folders mounted at this partition. Your linux file system does not need to be in /mnt since it is the file tree of the running system. So your other partition would appear in /mnt.

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Post the instructions
by Ixthusdan / June 5, 2006 9:37 AM PDT
In reply to: the syntax thing

I tried to find a digital dolly howto and had no success. If you post your instructions, I can probably tell you what to type. Are you booting with the digital dolly boot disk?

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