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Hi all, I have a dual Windoze (98)/Linux machine with FAT, Linux, and Linux swap partitions on the first HD (GRUB loader). I want to put in a second, larger HD, duplicate the whole shebang onto it, but with larger partitions, then install the new HD in the first HD slot replacing the old small drive. I am wondering what is the best and most reliable way to do this. To tell you the truth, I don't have too many worries about the Linux half of the job, as I expect cp or something similar will do it reliably. But ...

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    Default How to duplicate a computer?

    Hi all,

    I have a dual Windoze (98)/Linux machine with FAT, Linux, and Linux swap
    partitions on the first HD (GRUB loader). I want to put in a second,
    larger HD, duplicate the whole shebang onto it, but with larger partitions,
    then install the new HD in the first HD slot replacing the old small
    drive. I am wondering what is the best and most reliable way to do this.

    To tell you the truth, I don't have too many worries about the Linux
    half of the job, as I expect cp or something similar will do it
    reliably. But I believe Windoze has special files etc., that can't just
    be copied. I am reluctant to let W/doze software do it, as I fear it may
    mess up the Linux part.

    Has anyone tried something like this successfully? All hints greatly
    appreciated.

    --
    Ron House edu.au
    http://www.sci.usq.edu.au/staff/house

    Ron Guest

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    >>>>> "Ron" == Ron House <edu.au> writes:
    Ron>
    Ron> Hi all,
    Ron> I have a dual Windoze (98)/Linux machine with FAT, Linux, and
    Ron> Linux swap partitions on the first HD (GRUB loader). I want to
    Ron> put in a second, larger HD, duplicate the whole shebang onto it,
    Ron> but with larger partitions,
    Ron>
    Ron> then install the new HD in the first HD slot replacing the old
    Ron> small drive. I am wondering what is the best and most reliable
    Ron> way to do this.
    Ron>
    Ron> To tell you the truth, I don't have too many worries about the
    Ron> Linux half of the job, as I expect cp or something similar will
    Ron> do it reliably. But I believe Windoze has special files etc.,
    Ron> that can't just be copied. I am reluctant to let W/doze software
    Ron> do it, as I fear it may mess up the Linux part.
    Ron>
    Ron> Has anyone tried something like this successfully? All hints
    Ron> greatly appreciated.

    I suggest using mondo:

    http://mondorescue.org/

    The manpage for "mondoarchive" has a number of helpful examples at the
    end.

    --Rob
    Rob Guest

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    Ron House wrote:
     

    .... check here: http://www.partimage.org/
    ..
    --
    /// Michael J. Tobler: motorcyclist, surfer, skydiver, \\\
    \\\ and author: "Inside Linux", "C++ HowTo", "C++ Unleashed" ///
    Q: Where does virgin wool come from?
    A: Ugly sheep.

    mjt Guest

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    On Mon, 27 Oct 2003 20:42:25 -0700, Ron House wrote:
     
    Check this:
    http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Hard-Disk-Upgrade/

    Caveat: I am not running Windows 98. I doubt you would have any trouble
    backing up Windows 98 on FAT when booted into linux and using tar.

    --Douglas Mayne
    Douglas Guest

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    Ron House wrote:
     

    Thanks to all who helped out. Any of those solutions should work fine
    for me.

    --
    Ron House edu.au
    http://www.sci.usq.edu.au/staff/house

    Ron Guest

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