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need to disk copy a Linux-formatted Hard Disk

i have an old Cobalt CacheQube that i want to use at home. the IDE hard disk in the Qube has been formatted & runs on Linux. unfortunately, the 40Gb IDE hard disk has been making noises while starting up, a precursor to a fatal crash. while i can still access the data, i'd like to transfer the contents to a newer 160Gb hard disk. i tried installing the old hard disk into a USB external hard drive enclosure & reading it on my Windows 7 laptop. the laptop could detect the external hard drive (as shown on Device Manager), but Windows Explorer did not detect new drive. i don't have any Linux boxes around, and i know very little about Linux. any suggestions if & how i can do this disk copy?

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You don't mention the Linux format used but ...

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You don't mention the Linux format used but ...

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i don't know the Linux format. i'll certainly give this app a try. thnx!

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thnx, but...

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upon reviewing the app description, if i understood it correctly, this app will access an installed linux drive and treat it as a native windows drive, allowing the user to access the files on the linux drive.

what i need is an application that will replicate, sector by sector, a source disk to a destination disk. after the replication, i will install the new hard disk into the Cobalt appliance & boot the hard disk. at least, that's what i'm hoping to do.

so, thnx for the suggestion but this won't do.

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PS -- be sure that you read down that ...

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installable file system page I linked you to to read Mike's instructions for getting it functional on Windows 7.

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need to disk-copy a Linux-formatted hard disk

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i'll try it, then report the results. thnx!

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This looks like a job for....

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CLONEZILLA.

That's what I'd use. If you need to resize partitions do that AFTER the new drive is booting and call up CLONEZILLA's trusty sidekick "GPARTED."

Up up and away!

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clonezilla

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i'll try it. thnx!

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thnx for the suggestion, but ...

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i reviewed the app description, and if i understood it correctly, clonezilla will replicate the hard disk of the computer that is running the clonezilla app.

in my case, the old & new hard disks are not installed in my laptop.

so i guess this suggestion won't work.

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I did that!

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I had a new laptop but with a sluggish SSD (hard disk). I could not install both at the same time so I used CLONEZILLA to clone that to an USB external drive.

Maybe you are missing one item?
Bob

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clarification

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were you able to clone your slow hard disk so that the destination HD was a simple drop-in? meaning, when you removed the slow HD & installed the new HD, your computer booted normally?

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Yes. I did that.

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That was exactly what I needed to do. Since most laptops can't support 2 hard drives at once, the external USB held the target drive and then swapped later.

Surely there are a lot of web pages about that?
Bob

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unfortunately...

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sadly, i cannot remove the hard disk on my laptop & replace it with the HD i want to copy because they're different formats (2.5" vs 3.5"). so, i may have to seek professional help for this project. many thnx for your suggestion though.

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Seems solveable.

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Clonezille won't care if the drive sizes differ. Maybe I misunderstood the goals here. What I do know is that I use the titles and tools noted so far to copy Linux drives.
Bob

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yes, but ...

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clonezilla won't care, but i won't be able to physically install the 3.5" IDE HD into my laptop (which uses a 2.5" SATA HD).

what i need is a solution so that i can use my W7 laptop to clone an external source Linux HD to an external Linux destination HD.

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Which we can do.

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Clonezilla can clone from one drive to another drive. From a drive to an image file. From an image file to another drive.

"use my W7 laptop to clone an external source Linux HD to an external Linux destination HD."

Yes, it can.
Bob

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i'll review it again

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in that case, i'll go thru the description again. thnx for pointing it out.

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