I often run various computers from my Ubuntu 10.04 USB startup disk. Every now and then, people get interested and want a copy of their own. Since I have installed a few extras (VLC, codecs, flash etc) on the disk, not just the out of the box 10.04, I would like to create a clone of the USB startup disk, to give away. How can it be done?
I was thinking about make a clone machine. I was thinking about use a old computer that have some SATA connection. One disk is source and then I add some other disk to destination. I going to have Linux on USB stick. I have look at dd and it look nice but what I can see it only use one disk to another. Code: dd if=/dev/hdx of=/dev/hdy is it possible to add more then one destination?
I have a 160Gb Hard drive with 3 partitions. sda1, sda2, sda3. sda1 & 2 are just under 20 GB each. the other 120 GB is free space. I have so many 40GB hard drives! I would like to copy (with dd) the MBR, sda1 & 2 to a 40GB hard drive and be able to just use that so I can free up my 160GB hard drives. Typically when I want to clone something, the drives are equal or larger than the original. I'm not too sure about this, and if I use code (show below), will I also get the MBR? #where sda is the 160gb with 3 partitions and drive sdb is a 40GB drive with 2 partitions.
Code: dd if=/dev/sda1 of=sdb1 dd if=/dev/sda1 of=sdb1 Also, is there a way I can do this with 1 line, or have both dd operations running simultaneously?
I have downloaded the Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" Minimal CD. I would like to use the Startup Disk Creator to put it on bootable USB. when I run the Startup Disk Creator and click on "other" to select the downloaded .iso, my selection is ignored and does not show in the "Source disc" list of the dialog box.Is there another way to create a startup USB from the minimal CD download?
I'm trying to clone a 2GB USB memory stick to another stick just like it (same size and brand). The src drive has three partitions, one fat, one ext2 and one encrypted (in that order). It also has an mbr. I create the clone using the following command:
Once it's done the mbr, the ext2 and the encrypted partitions seem fine, but the fat one is slightly modified on the clone. Here is a hex dump of the (broken) clones fat partition followed by a dump of the original partition.
I used opensuse three years ago. Then I moved to ubuntu, because it was easier for me to use ubuntu at that time. Now, I move back to opensuse again. But I want to know how to clone the opensuse system to another hard disk. I mean I have my opensuse well, I do backup to my opensuse system and restore it to another harddisk with the same partition.
When I used ubuntu, I used a very good small open-source software, named 'Ucloner'. You can find it at ucloner - Backup/restore/clone your Ubuntu, and make Live-Ubuntu. - Google Project Hosting . It is very handy to backup the ubuntu system and restore or clone it to a new harddisk. Especially, when restoring the system, the grub can be installed to the new harddisc automatically with the UUID of the new harddisc (very amazing). But it is only for ubuntu. I am looking for a software with the similar function.
I have tried Clonezilla. No problem to do backup and restore. But I failed to boot the restored system even with the same harddisc. I know it is the problem of GRUB. Even reinstalling the grub, I still can not boot into the system.
My question is
1. is there any software that allows me to backup the opensuse and restore it to another harddisc with the grub installed to the new harddisc automatically?
2. If no software for question 1, what software or application is good to backup and restore the opensuse and how to reinstalled the grub to the new harddisc with different UUID?
3. Since the Ucloner is open-source, is there anybody having interest in change the ucloner code to fit for opensuse? I guess there should be much change, because ubuntu and opensuse are linux both?
I have win7 and ubuntu on a 250gb hard drive. I would like to move this to a 1tb drive. Is it possible to clone the entire hard drive, including the MBR? Thought about doing a disk image but unsure if this is the answer. I am using win7 64 pro and ubuntu 10.10.
When I attempt to create a USB Live Xubuntu setup via the Startup Disk Creator, the settings for the Persistent drive are disabled/gray. When I perform the setup, no extra space is reserved for the persistant drive.
I've used the same USB drive for Live Ubuntu installations in the past and had no problems.
Does the USB Startup Disk Creator work with Xubuntu?
I have a very old laptop with no CD and no Floppy and a BIOS that won't boot from a USB device.I wanted to install Ubuntu on it though so I pulled the hard drive and connected it to my Macbook via a USB-to-PATA adapter. I booted the Macbook off the live CD and tried to install Ubuntu to the USB drive but the install wanted to update the boot partition on my Macbook which I would prefer not to do (I run Ubuntu on the Macbook in a VM). Instead, I used the Startup Disk Creator in Ubuntu 10.04 to make the hard drive from the old laptop an Ubuntu Startup Disk. I put it back in the laptop and it works fine, but when you boot it asks if you want to install Ubuntu and of course you can't because there is no available disk.
I thought about pulling the drive and doing this all again but splitting the drive into two partitions so I could make one partition the startup disk and install to the other, but I was not sure this would work. The disk in question is only 12 GB so I don't have a lot of space to work with. Also, this particular laptop is a huge pain to get the drive out of so if I can somehow fix this without removing the drive again that would be awesome. If there was some way to just convert the startup disk to a "regular" installation that would be ideal.
I need to clone a 160GB hard drive with Linux Mint 9 (not more than 10GB used) to a 30GB SSD that is partitioned carefully (aligned to cylinder boundaries) and is currently running Ubuntu (which I wish to overwrite with Linux Mint 9). The SSD has a /boot partition, / and swap. The source (160 GB) does not have a separate boot partition. Can anyone help me fill in the steps below? /dev/sdc will be the source (160GB) and /dev/sda is the target (with partitions 1,2 and swap on 5).
make a copy of /etc/fstab from the target drive before proceeding. Ready the target partitions. Can I reuse the existing destination partitions on the SSD? Ready the filesystems on each of the target partitions. /boot is ext2, / is ext4 and swap is already set up too. As I said, all contain data (Ubuntu) that I wish to overwrite. So what steps are needed here? Do I need to erase anything (files, etc.) before the copy/clone? next, use dd to copy MBR (right?) And exclude partition table:
dd if=/dev/sdc1 of=/dev/sda1 count=1 bs=446
Mount the source and destination drives:
mount -t ext4 /dev/sdc1 /mnt/source mount -t ext2 /dev/sda1 /mnt/boot_target mount -t ext4 /dev/sda2 /mnt/root_target
I suppose I can leave the swap partition on the target untouched. Copy the files from the source partition to the destination
cp -a /mnt/source/boot /mnt/boot_target cp -a /mnt/source/ /mnt/root_target
then I assume I go to /mnt/root_target and delete the /boot directory, right? Change /etc/fstab to reflect the new partitions. I mount by label. Will my partition labels be intact after this? Do I have to make any changes to GRUB? Anything else?
I want to install Ubuntu onto a partition on my external hard drive, but my CD burner is broken so I can't just boot up with a live CD and do it that way. So can I install Ubuntu onto my external hard drive with the Startup Disk Creator that comes installed on Ubuntu? And if not is there another way I can do this?
I want to make a live USB drive, perhaps even 1 with its own GRUB and a choice of operating systems..Its 16gb so it will fit..or maybe just install multiple desktop environments so I can switch depending on the resoruces of the computer I am using..Gnome>E17>LXDE.But I want it to be a regular account with a root/administrator password, ect. When I use the Startup disk creator or Unetbootin I find that the results are pretty limited. I might as well be using a live CD, but thats not ideal. Alternately, when I just install normally it doesnt always load, even when I hit F8 and tell it to boot from my USB drive.Knoppix based distros seem to work better than Ubuntu based distros in this regard, but I dont want Knoppix I want Ubuntu/Mint and friends.Finally, I have sometimes been having problems 'mounting' or using 'swapon'. Even when I turn on Swap with Gparted Im still not getting the benefit of the large swap area I have created..is this because of how the operating system uses swap? Is there a live distro that will save files and settings to swap before using up ram, by default? If not, is there a way to change the behavior of Ubuntu Live CD?
Is there a reason why we cant make proper paragraphs? Is this site strapped for bandwidth or something? Is the site just acting funny?
I've got a removeable disk which I want to mount on startup automatically at mountpoint "/backupsystem". If' it's not there I would like to have no error message. Actually after upgrading to 10.4 I get the message: Continue to wait; or press S to skip mounting or M for manual recovery.". But I don't wand this if the disk is not there that's OK for me. How would I configure fstab to achieve this?
I used "Startup Disk Creator" to make a bootabel USB drive with 11.04. I followed the guide #2 from (I use 10.04). Everything went fine while making this. I re-booted and selected this USB and selected the "Try it" button. I looked at how 11.04 looks like for about 10 seconds and did not do anything and re-booted.Now there is onlyblack screen with absolutely no text and there is nothing I can do [URL]
The only thing out of the ordinary I noticed is that when I clicked "Erase disk" I ended up with a choice of two: /dev/sdc (with no indication of free space but a capacity of 983.0MB), and /dev/sdc1 which showed 288MB free before I erased it and a capacity of 980.4MB.
This app has never worked on any system I've tried it on, but this particular machine is an LTS (10.04) with recent hardware so I'd like to get it fixed if possible.
I have just clone from my previous IDE hard disk to a bigger IDE hard disk with clonezilla. However, when I boot my system with the new hard disk using the installation disk, it says an error that "no linux partition found on hard disk".
I have Ubuntu 10.04 installed in my desktop and is working fine. I would like to clone the Ubuntu with all my settings etc to a USB Flsah drive so that I can take it with me during travel.I don't want to reinstall in USB FLASH rather I want asis Desktop Ubuntu in USB FLASH.
This utility doesn't work it won't format and won't boot the one time I got it working. Now it has broken my usb flash drive as gparted won't format it to anything . I tried the alternate unetbootin program and now it won't see the flash drive because the startup program trashed it. I still think the external usb devices is the most frustrating part of ubuntu and needs serious fixing. My new netbook install won't see any of my external drives.
I'm running Ubuntu on a USB startup disk I created on a USB stick for recovery purposes. I cannot use wifi on my netbook if I boot from he USB. Why is this? Is there any way I can make it work again? (wifi is fine when I boot normally)
i am trying to make it so that my laptop that has crashed can run Ubuntu. It lacks an optical drive (CD Player) so i am trying to use a USB. After i downloaded the ISO, and then use the extractor like it says here I then went into the flash drive, went to [usb-creator.exe] The problem is that when i try to do this (make the USB the Startup disk) the iso refuses to load on the application, its hard to explain, but here's a picture. Even when i go to click other, browse for the ISO, and open that one, it still doesn't work.
I have a 1 tb external hard drive and I was trying to put a windows.iso on it with startup disk creator but everytime I would select the windows iso it wouldn't show up.
- the disk images are from the reboot disks that came with my labtop
- I do not have access to windows
Using gparted, I turned my external hard drive into a bootable and put both ISO disc on it. Once I plugged it in my labtop and turned my labtop on, I get an error messages that says "BOOTMGR is missing".
- I ripped the both ISO images from the 2 system recovery disc that I ordered from HP specially for my brand of laptop.
- My CD-ROM drive does not work, or else I would have just used the disc regularly
- The operating system currently on the labtop is Ubuntu 10.04
My HDD crashed (it wasn't completely disastrous, though). I was able to get my Ubuntu 10.10 partition of the disk with dd_rescue. I can see all of the data in the partition and everything. dd_rescue reported that there were no errors.Now, I have a fresh HDD, and I copied the image that I created with Gparted, and turned the boot flag on. I turn my system on, and all I get is a flashing cursor in the corner of the screen.I get the feeling that this would be easy for a seasoned user, but I'm not sure where to go. I originally got some information about cloning partitions here: [URL] But, it doesn't tell you how to reload the image after you make it.
My wife's laptop has XP on it, I installed Ubuntu using wubi apparently. I thought I had made a separate partition and made a true dual boot system but I guess I didn't. Is there a way to clone the wubi install to it's own partition and add the boot loader after or am I going to have to do a fresh install and set everything up again? I am surprised that she has taken to Ubuntu as well as she has, I thought she would hate it but she actually prefers it to windows now..
I have a couple of beginner questions;I have checked out some source code in a directory, not inside the home directory, using: Code:git clone git://git.videolan.org/ffmpeg.git ffmpeg-gitI moved the folder around (was not originally in the right directory), and now would like to delete it and start from scratch. How can I do it without creating issues with git? (I don't see ffmpeg-git in Synaptic)More generally, what is the best way to delete old folders related to obsolete or malfunctioning software, or even unsuccessful attempts at installing software ? Can I do 'delete' in the file manager? or just sudo rm <folder name> ? Or is there hidden issues?Another related question: When manually installing packages not available in Synaptic, for example, from downloaded tar.gz, what is the recommended directory structure. For example, is it better to use, for example: /home/<program name>/source to unpack the source code/home/<program name>/build to build the software?as opposed to using folders in the root directory? Is there a tutorial on the subject of best practice for directory structure?
My Ubuntu system drive is starting to throw up S.M.A.R.T. errors. I have two partitions on the drive (/home and /) and grub in the mbr. Is there a way to exactly clone this drive to another one so I don't need to reinstall or re-setup anything?
I'm trying to use USB Startup Disk Creator. The problem is I can't find it! I mean it is installed on my system, the Software Centre shows that but it doesn't appear in Applications>Accessories or anywhere else I can see. So where the heck is it?
I have this problem across all my computers running Ubuntu (Lucid and Maverick installations). It works sometimes but it's hit and miss. Sometimes it will load up an iso no problem and i have a start up flash stick in no length of time. Other time's it will not load up an iso. I have tried formatting my flash drive these times but it doesn't make a difference as the drive is always recognised by the program yet i sometimes can't load an iso. When this happens i find that i generally have the same problem at the same time on my other Ubuntu installations. I find it weird. Anyway it's very frustrating when i come across another distro that i really want to try out and i cannot load the iso in the program.
I'm trying to make a live USB of openSUSE from the 'startup disk creator' in Ubuntu. I wanna try it and see what it's like. As well as Fedora and gOS. As soon as the downloads for Fedora and gOS finish I'll try making the startup disk with 'startup disk creator' for each of those. But my problem is that I tried openSUSE and I select the .iso and it doesn't do anything.... I would imagine it should work with any old .iso, right? Or no? Can I only make an ubuntu startup disk with it?EDIT: Fedora doesn't work eitherEDIT again: Yea, requirements state that I can only make a USB startup disk of Ubuntu desktop edition
The program damage my external hard disk brand Western Digital of 1 TB and 3 partition of that disk. I'm deeply sad and hopeless... googling a little bit I found that this is and old problem, was my first try. I have a lot, of very important information, I don't even know if is this the right group on this forum to put my question.
I would like to put my ubuntu system (the one on my partition) in a usb drive, so that way I can take it everywhere I go. The reason for this is because all of the programs I have and the configuration I currently have in my ubuntu (I should say "macbuntu"). That is:
burg boot loader (I probably don't need this one!) x system plymouth theme || also windows 7 original plymouth theme mac4lin 1.0 aqua GTK theme and emerald theme mac ultimate icon theme mac4lin 1.0 cursor theme (working even with compiz) gnome global menu compiz packagers ppawith all the extra stuff telepathy ppa for empathy, having all the extra stuff working also win2-7-pack_v-9.1 And lots more stuff!
I don't want my personal documents though (text docs, music, videos, pics 'maybe few pics'), just configuration files and programs. Can this even be possible?...
I was attempting to create a bootable usb drive for a friend with Startup Disk Creator. I was certain I had selected the correct drive but apparently I had not, because when I clicked "format" it began to format sdb instead of sdc. Unfortunately, sdb was my external hard drive. In a panic i force quit the format window, as i couldn't see any other option.
Now, when i access my external hard drive all I see is 4 files with jibberish titles full of random symbols. When I right click the external drive it still says its ~70% full of data, so i guess everything is still there.. whether or not it is salvageable is the question. Is there anything to be done or is it beyond repair?
I'm trying to make start up disks of 10.04 of x86 and x64. I have downloaded the iso twice for both of them and have used multiple flash drives. I keep receiving an error that says the com32 image is bad. Anyone else have issues with this or any ideas on how to fix it so I can get a proper installation going?
I have a bunch of computers with the same configuration, so I would like to install Ubuntu only to one master computer and later on just copy the partition layout and the filesystem unto other computers. Previously I was able to simply copy the partition layout (via the sfdisk utility), the filesystem (a simple "cp -a") and install Grub (via script). Now I had to use the parted utility to partition the 2TB drive and Grub2 is the default boot loader.
My questions are now: 1. How do I copy the partition layout from /dev/sda (master) to /dev/sdb (clone)? 2. How do I batch install install Grub2 to the other disk (e.g. /dev/sdb) ?
In Grub 0.97 it used to be something like that: Code: # GRUB the disk grub --no-floppy --batch <<EOF_GRUB root ($GRUB,0) setup ($GRUB) quit EOF_GRUB .....
In Grub 2 I tried with: Code: grub-install --force --root-directory=/mnt/sdb1/ /dev/sdb Only to get this error: .....
The Grub2 syntax is way different compared to Grub0.97. Yes, I do could use the Grub2-suggested option but since the partition layouts on both partitions are equal, I see little point in setting the BIOS Boot Partition option, since the master computer works without it and I don't remember any error message during the install.