I have recently setup a dual boot system that consist of Windows Vista and Fedora 12, I am looking for a solution that will allow me to create an entire restore image for both OS's on an external hard drive. I am looking for something that is easy to use, stable, and free. I have looked at clonezilla and have used Norton ghost 2003 in the past which is not supported with Windows Vista.
Problem concerns HP laptop running XP and Fedora 13 and using Grub2. When installed the grub became the primary bootloader. I have been unable to successfully use any of the common fixes to reload the windows bootloaderWindows install has been unable to reload the windows bootloader. With the grub being primary I cannot access the factory restore partition.Is there a way to disable the grub and force the machine to the restore partition or use a recovery distro to run it? I have tried Knoppix but was unable to access the partition. I am still a linux wbie and understand I may be missing something simple but have yet to resolve the issue and need help. I need to reformat the machine and will run linux from an external usb. At this point all data is backed up and I am open for any options.
I have tried to access the MBR directly but fixing it is beyond my current skill level.Additional details: Initial linux install along-side XP was Mint 9. It completely wiped out the bootloader and failed to install properly. Installed Fedora and it reloaded the grub and fixed the bootloader which allowed the machine to boot and function with both OS's.
I have a Debian Jessie 32 bits machine with standard partitions : one EFI, one for the root system and a swap.
I did a dd image backup of it hard drive thinking i would be easy to restore it or clone to another device... but it seems it is not that simple ! My PC won't boot : no bootable drive found !
I did the same once with a 64 bit Debian Jessie which i fixed using an ubuntu live CD with boot-repair, but here with the 32 bits version it doesn't work : it keeps saying i have an EFI incompatible partition and i should use a 64 bits linux...
Note : i boot-repair from a 64 bits ubuntu live cd. Should i use a 32 bits version ? Because i can"t make a 32 bits Debian live CD to boot, usb key won't show up in boot options (32 bits install CD works fine)
I ha read some things and tried some others but nothing works
Grub and EFI are really obscure for me...
How could i fix my debian 32 boot ?
Or how can i properly clone my debian 32 on other PC ? am i missing something using dd ? should i use another tool ?
I have Fedora 13 and XP installed on my laptop. Right now it only boots to XP but I have a Fedora Live CD so is there some way I can use the live cd to boot into Fedora and edit or install grub to show up at boot?
There are way too many answers from archives on this so I decided to ask it again to maybe remove the confusion, for me and others. I had Vista and Ubuntu as dual boot, something ate my Vista doc settings folder (probably me). I want to reinstall it. It won't because of the set up in the grub I guess. I am not a serious Linux command line person but do follow directions well. Is there some somewhat easy way for me to restore my Vista?
I am aware of Win 7 etc. I have a Dell laptop so want to use the Dell restore CD. I am not alone in this. I run into people all over with a similar problem.
--all was well but after some messing around with a failed Backtrack install I had to repartition some things to clean it up
--The partition where Backtrack was installed was corrupt so I deleted it and extended my Ubuntu partition.
--reload got the no such partition rescue grub
--read threw a bunch of forums and could only seem to find mostly threads on only being able to load Ubuntu and not Windows. Most having to do with post OS install problems and not re partitioning.
--I decided the best thread to follow was [url]
--after that my memory of events is a bit fuzzy, a lot was going on. In short I got a message in the terminal saying "this is a BAD idea" and something about another MBR. (sorry I cant be more specific)
--reading on I decided I would try my windows bootloader restore
--now windows loads up fine but it doesn't even give me an option to boot Ubuntu. I launched a live CD and checked GParted. The partition is still there.
Sorry if this is threaded somewhere already, I know that annoying. I'm just burnt out on combing forums and broke down and decided to ask directly
My laptop is Windows XP Fedora 11 dual boot. I am replacing it because of a defect. The original laptop is fairly new so I could simply start from scratch and setup everything again. But I was thinking there might be a way to do an image backup and restore. My new laptop will be identical to the old one
Edit: I have a Sony Vaio FJ170 laptop with Phoenix BIOS version R0060X6 & a broken DVD Drive. The BIOS doesn't support booting from USB (it does have 'External Drive Boot' option, but my USB stick doesn't get listed under boot devices in BIOS when connected to the laptop).
A few days ago I upgraded to Windows7, then installed Lucid through WUBI. With the help of another thread of mine (here), I changed the default boot option & timeout of Windows to zero to directly boot into Ubuntu. So far it was good. But recently I tried to get back to Windows for some reason but could not succeed as the F8 key no longer brings up the Window's Advance Boot Menu.
Is there another way to restore the dual boot menu timeout to get back to the Windows installation. Or even better, is there some way to make a fresh install of Windows & Ubuntu side-by-side without DVD drive. I am only 14 and absolutely new to Linux. The network booting methods given on the Internet were too complex for me to understand. I like Ubuntu but also need Windows for programming C++ & Photoshop CS4.
I have decided to remove Windows from my disk, but I want to keep my current install of Ubuntu.
One possibility that sprang to mind was to make an image out of my Ubuntu install.
Since I dual boot, the disk is numbered "SDA2" (extended) "SDA5" (root) and then there is Swap. (Windows is the first part of the disk)
One question sprang to mind:
If I make an image out of it, what happens to the numbers? Will there be any conflicts? Not to mention the question of which program would be best (and easiest to use, preferably with a GUI, since I want to save time, not learn code).
And if I would go for a binary dump to an external disk (to put it back when the destination disk is empty), would the same problems arise? Or would that bring even more problems, like the issue of the swap partition, which I would have to receate, since it wouldn't fit on the "dump disk"?
This is all because the whole thing sounds very similar to placing the ubuntu partition to the front of the disk, which, as I have been told, is not a good idea.
Is it possible to create ONE iso image on 2 CDs ?I have a very old version Windows XP which installer is on 2 disc. I need to create an ISO image on them. If possible, please advise which command shall I run, dd ?
I am new to linux. I tried and failed. I need some help on Creating patitions (I think it is root, swap and home).I have HP laptop with WIndows 7 installed. I have shrink the volume to allow Linux installation. I have three partitions, first one is windows boot - about 100MB. Second one is about 110GB and it has windows 7. Third one is UNALLOCATED space of 110GB that I intended for Suse.
Now I am going to install the Suse. The unallocated spaces should be "primary" or "extended"? Also, should I divided this new partition in to three partition? If does, what are sizes for each? I want to learn Linux so I will able to look for better job. This is the first time I ever look into linux and confused.
I am looking to do just as the title says. If I no longer want to keep ubuntu say a year from now. Will i be able to uninstall or possibly delete the partion with ubuntu on it without wiping out windows? I ask because I am not sure of how much space I would like to partition, this way I could always come back delete it and then reinstall it to the size I wish
I want too create a dual boot Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) and Ubuntu (64bit). how to do this but I want something special. The boot loader appear. Will be only one password field, no OS names. If I introduce a password will boot in Linux, if I introduce another password will boot in Ubuntu. Also in Ubuntu, you can see windows partitions only if you introduce a password (root or power user).
I would like to install Ubuntu in a separate partition. I currently have Windows XP on the C drive.
I have the following config on my Presario Laptop:
60gb SATA hard drive 41.6gb available 3% fragmented
I would like to partition the hard drive to install Ubuntu as a dual boot. how I need to do this or point me in the right direction? I did begin an install from a cd I burned from ISO. I started by just going for the auto installation and what it recommended. However, when I tried to install, I got an error message that changes were uable to be written to disk and had to abort??
Assuming I can get past the error I would like to know how to create the partitions for root, home and swap and how much space for each.
I have downloaded a bootable DOS iso CD image that I have burnt to CD and can boot from.I need to add more disk checking utilities to the CD iso image.The DOS disk checking utilities are designed to be run from a floppy disk, but my laptop does not have a floppy drive, so CD-ROM is an alternative, if I can remaster the existing iso image file?Can I mount the DOS iso file and then add other programs to it, and then remaster the updated iso, and make a new CD-ROM to boot from with the added tools?
I have fedora on a parition. the root / folder, and a swap. I wanna try other linux, but i dont want to delete my Fedora. So I want to back up my Fedora whole disk data, can I create a disk image for Fedora so that later I can Restore it?
I would like to create a dual boot Opensuse/Vista laptop. My problem is I do not have a DVD-RW drive, and I am not that good with creating a bootable USB stick. I have read some of the installation guides offered here and attempted to install Opensuse via my USB stick without success. My question is there a setup.exe download offered for Vista users who would like to create a dual boot laptops? I have an 8Gb USB stick that was made "bootable" via some other forums, and I have downloaded the DVD ISO image of Opensuse 11.2 to my desktop.
I'm trying to create a Linux instance on a Windows 7 PC and use dual-boot. I have created 64GB of space for Linux. Is this enough? When I boot from the live DVD and go through the setup, I get stuck setting up the unassigned space as a linux partition. I don't understand what the setup is trying to tell me and I'm afraid I'll wipe out Windows 7. The message I get says there isn't enough space even though the unassigned available area is 64GB. I am very timid about following what Yast2 is telling me because to my untrained eye it appears the setup wants to use my entire hard drive. Where can I find more information about the disk setup section of the installation process?
My buddy has a computer with a problem and hes asked me to see if I can retrieve the data documents from the computer. The subject computer is a COMPAQ PRESARIO SR5030NX with a Pentium 4 cpu, 3.2 GHz, 1 GB RAM, running Windows Vista Home Basic.
His goal was to create a dual boot computer UBUNTU and Vista. What he did was to install UBUNTU, partitioning the computer in two partitions. The computer is now giving an error code of 21 when GRUB Loader starts up. Is there a restore disk or some kind of utility that can undo what was done to the computer. He has no backup disk.
I tried Recovery Commander Ver. 3 made by Avanquest but as their website indicates it�s for XP. They never updated it for Vista and Windows 7. Is there a utility that can undo some of the changes that were made to the machine when UBUNTU was installed, albeit, unsuccessfully.
(1) I have an HP PC running XP professional and I was wondering if I take the hard drive out from the COMPAQ and rig it to my HP via a SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter device would I be able to see the contents of that COMPAQ computer that had Vista and now UBUNTU.
(2)What about attaching the COMPAQ internal hard drive and attaching it to my HP as a slave drive.
(3)Can the UBUNTU disk going to help?
Were just after the data files and not software programs.
I had Ubuntu 10.04 on this machine and wanted to convert it to a dual boot. It's a 500GB hard drive. The HDD had 3 partitions: one really big one, and two swap areas of about 6 GB each. I ran GParter and carved the big partition into a 100GB partition and a 400GB partition (less the swap areas). Then I installed Windows XP into the 100GB partition, then installed Ubuntu 10.04, selecting the "create dual boot" option.
It dual boots beautifully, and everything runs just fine. But I find that Ubuntu has split the 400 GB partition into two 200 GB partitions, and one of them is simply off-limits. I can see it, but I can't write to it. The attached png shows the Disk Utility, with the mystery partition selected. Its only contents is a folder called lost+found; I cannot open it.
I've shrunk my Windows partition to ~200GB and made ~100GB of free space for Ubuntu BUT .. it doesn't allow me to create a new partition there as I already have 4 primary ones.Since all of the given partitions ( including Recovery and Tools ) can not be touched ( removed ), I have no idea on how to solve this ..
I am implementing a strategy to organize my data among the several machines I work with and thought that getting some ISO images out of it could be a good idea because that way data would be 'read only' thus allowing for easier synchronization.
At first I thought of using the "dd" command to create the ISO out of a directory, but it fails code... So, I have two questions:
Is the ISO 'format' capable of storing complex directory structures with long filenames (pretty much as any Linux filesystem does), or are there some inherent limitations?
Supposing the ISO format is not constrained, which command would allow me to create an ISO file out of a directory?
I am using Oracle Enterprise Linux version 4 update 7. I would like to create and burn iso images via the terminal. Assume I have a folder called movies in directory /root/Desktop.I would like to create a movie.iso image ans burn it using mkisofs and cdrecord.
I have a fedora 11 installation on my machine , with a customized partitioning of the 500GB sata HDD , I wanted to create a exact replica image on a USB stick , for future installations on other 500GB sata HDDs .. while only need to create a copy of the 5 GB (/boot + / ) while the remaining 400 GB + is a Data Logger partition which can be created by a script. I tried doing a rsync .. but have got stuck up with the bootable drive configs et all ..