I've spent the better part of an afternoon looking for a solution to a problem: backing up my installation of 10.10 as an image file to an external hard drive. My research has yielded a lot of suggestions for clonezilla, dd, and partimage/particlone, but those don't seem very appealing, due to a number of issues (can't backup live, copies free space as well, doesn't handle ext4, etc). Also why is clonezilla 150mb?
I'd like a simple solution that can clone an entire disk (used space only) to an explorable image file on a separate hard drive and be able to do it while the operating system is running on the disk. I used to use apricorn ez gig to do this on windows and it worked like a charm, but I can't seem to find a similar solution that creates and explorable .iso image file with linux. I've used superduer on osx, which is awesome and i wish there was something like that for ubuntu/linux.
I have my Mythbuntu 9.10 environment installed on an old 160GB PATA disk and have just purchased a new 64GB SSD that I want to transfer my installation to.In the past I've just used ddrescue to clone disks, however in this case the source disk is larger than the destination disk so it won't work. I only have a few GB of actual data on the 160GB disk, so the 64GB SSD is definitely going to be enough for me.
I guess I need someway of either cloning so that only the actual data and not the partition is brought across, or possible shrinking the partition(s) first on the source drive and then using the same ddrescue method I've used in the past.Just looking for some assistance on what method is the best/most reliable?
Recently my had disk crashed. It has taken me over a day to install and setup the drive - time I can't really afford. I'd like to know how I can clone a second as a bootable copy of the main hard drive and update from time to time. Therefore if the main hd fails again, I can simple boot from the second drive.How can I do this? I have two sata drives in the box, running 10.10 desktop.
Recently my had disk crashed. It has taken me over a day to install and setup the drive - time I can't really afford.I'd like to know how I can clone a second as a bootable copy of the main hard drive and update from time to time. Therefore if the main hd fails again, I can simple boot from the second drive.
I use dd in its simplest form to clone a hard drive dd if=INPUT of=OUTPUT However, I read in the manpage that dd knows a blocksize parameter. I was wondering whether there is an optimal value for the blocksize parameter that will speed up the cloning procedure?
I'd like to have a bootable cd which then allows me to clone a hard drive, much like the "Ghost" application. I need to copy Fat32, NTFS, as well as the various Linux formats. I've not created a bootable cd before, so a step-by-step would be rather handy.
I just invested nearly 12 hours configuring a CCTV system using CentOS 5.5 Server and Zoneminder. I have it setup just the way I want it. I would like to make a clone image of the drive just in case disaster strikes (lightning strike, failed hard disk, etc). In the Windows PC world, I use a program called Ghost to make a mirror image of a hard disk. I power the computer down, run Ghost to make a block level clone of the drive, then power it back up. Can I assume that will work with CentOS without problem?
In the computer now is a 320GB SATA drive. One partition on it is swap, and the other is ext3. There is no raid setup on the drive. I have an identical 320GB drive I could use and keep it in the computer unplugged from the power and not spinning. That way if anything ever happens, I can power down, move the power and data cable to the new drive and power it back up. Granted, I will lose any new config and database changes, but it will be a lot better than starting back at square 1 and reconfiguring the entire OS and software.
I cloned F14 with Clonezilla from 80GB to 320GB hdd(both sata disks), and then resized the partitions with GParted.But I can not boot into fedora on the new/bigger disk, it stops and the display writes "Loading stage 1.5" if I remember corectly,I tried to fix it with the live cd but with no efect.
Then i found Super Grub Disk live CD, and with that i tried to use their fix, which was the same as with the Fedora live cd i tried before, again no efect.Then i played around with Super Grub, and found the option to boot GNU/Linux indirectly, and with that metod i got results, found my menu.lst file and chose the kernel i wanted and it boots into desktop.
But i would need a more permanent solution, because now i allways have to use the same procedure with Super Grub Disk CD to boot into my Fedora 14.
To make a full backup I run a live Knoppix DVD and clone the computer's HDD to an external HDD using the dd command. Is there a possible problem with the source being copied onto bad sectors on the destination disk? If so is there a way to prevent this from happening? A typical dd command I use looks like: dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=4096 conv=notrunc,noerror. Is this the recommended command for cloning to a disk of equal size?
I haven't used linux in a long time, and have to install OpenSUSE 11.3 on ten of our servers. What I plan to do is install OpenSUSE and all our required software on one of the servers, and then clone that drive to all the other server drives (the servers are hot swappable). My question is:
What do I need to worry about conflict wise? So far the only conflicts I can see that I will need to address are machine name (hostname) and set unique static IP addresses? How can I change the machine name (ie. server01, server02 ...) and IP address? Is there any other stuff I need to change as well?
We have a 2U file server running windows. All of the servers (1 x Win and 10 x linux) will be connected to a 24 port gigabit switch.
Is there also any special stuff I need to do to allow access to the Windows server (file etc)?
I will also require remote access to the servers, but assume that this will be easy to setup?
As for sleep mode, I assume that's fairly easy to configure through the interface?
I have multiple OpenSuSE 11.2 systems. With some files being on one system I would like to have another computer to have the files as well. Is there a way to have the files copied to the other system automatically? FTP is one way but it is too cumbersome. I am thinking of something like disk or directory mirroring. Does OpenSuSE have something like that?
If it was real time mirroring that would be better. I.e if a write to one file on one system is done, then this would be done on the other system with the same directory/file.
I am having trouble getting my Dell M6400 laptop display to be cloned with the Hyundai LCD display I have connected to my docking station.
I have an Nvidia Quadro FX 2700M graphics card and have installed the proprietary driver according to SDB:NVIDIA drivers - openSUSE. I have tried using sax2 (found out today it is depreciated so will stop that) and running nvidia-xconfig from both init 3 and init 5 followed by nvidia-settings to setup cloning mode.
When I run nvidia-settings, it doesn't detect the laptop display it seems. It says the max resolution is 640x480 even though the max is 1920x1200 and this does get used if I boot the laptop without a monitor attached.
Also, when I try and select cloning nvidia-settings crashes with a segmentation fault.
Here's what i'm trying to do: i have a 300GB IDE hard drive that has a OpenSuse build. I am trying to replicate this HD so that i can have another box similar to the original one...my second drive is 500GB SATA.
So far, I just ran a 'dd' command to copy the 300GB to 500GB. Now, after having read on internet, i realized i need to change fstab & /boot/grub/menu.lst. specifically, we need to change for ex:/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Maxtor_7L300S0_L60LCJ0G-part1 to /dev/disk/by-id/sda1 i did use a Ubuntu LiveCD to access the fstab and changed the line as mentioned above. Now, how do i change the menu.lst?? right now, when i try booting up from this HD, i have issues. specifically, i get this error message: could not find /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00
Firefox won't load. On clicking the icon in the plasma box the bouncing loading icon appears but after about 30 secs it disappears and nothing further happens.
I am running Suse 11.1. Not sure of the original version of FF! I have tried deleting it in Yast and reinstalling the latest version with the same result. It certainly used to work but as the machine is primarily a mail server, FF is not used much.
I had to re-install openSUSE11.2 but I kept having either black screen or mouse cursor freeze. Using sax2 to change video driver didn't work whether "ati", "radeon" or "vesa" was selected. I finally came across a solution: 1. Log in at run level 3 with acpi=off, no apic,F3=vesa, then become root 2. YAST -> Miscellaneous -> Live Installer, etc. 3. Reboot 4. If black screen, force a reboot and repeat step1 5. Autoconfig restart? Yes 6. When installation is finished, reboot 7. Boot option: 3 acpi=off noapic F3(vesa) 8. Login as normal user then become root 9. #YAST > Online Update 10> #YAST > Edit Bootloader
11. Edit Grub menu: Add the following to the end of the kernel line (under heading: kernel options...): vga=792 acpi=off noapic. Note that vga=792 is from a LILO config file example, which has the side note:"vga=792 #you need to do this so it boots up in a sane state". I came across this from "Framebuffer HOWTO: Using framebuffer devices on Intel platforms" Your Grub menu may also show vga=0x317 but this is because you might have selected 1024x768 screen resolution;it has nothing to do with vga=792. Vga=792 is what essentially solves the black screen problem.
I created a thread about a problem a I had with my hard disk clicking whilst idle little while ago and I may now have stumbled upon a possible solution. The strange thing with the problem is that Ubuntu/Kubuntu didn't cause this problem but Opensuse 11.2 does.
I installed Fedora 13 to have a glimpse of what all the fuss was about and noticed that I had the same problem (hard disk clicking whilst idle ~ every 20 secs or so). Now there's a wiki on this subject and a few bug reports: [url]
Some ATA harddrives perform very frequent head unloads under Linux significantly shortening their lifespans. Root cause
The inactivity timer for head unload is configured too aggressively either via ATA APM (Advanced Power Management) feature or other non-standard means. Such aggressive settings are very fragile to changes in IO pattern and under Linux many such drives unload their heads only to re-load them shortly. Note that this relentless unloading/reloading cycle can also be triggered under Windows by installing programs which can alter the IO pattern (e.g. certain vaccine programs which runs in background).
Now two of the listed models with this problem are basically identical to my model (Dell Inspiron 1520) and basically share the same hardware: Dell Vostro 1500 and XPS 1520.
The workaround listed is to:
set APM to 254
Furthermore, there is a script: Storage-Fixup which can also be downloaded from opensuse software search. Indeed there is a report of this for a Vostro 1500: Gmane Loom
The report suggests looking at: Disk Power Management - openSUSE which lists a method to create a configuration file to management disk power management:
My question is whether I could download the storage-fixup rpm [url] has a description of it and it can be found: Software.openSUSE.org) and install it to (hopefully) solve the issue or should I follow the method given in: Disk Power Management - openSUSE
My dual proc, dual core Opteron MSI Master2FAR motherboard failed, and I try to boot a disk, used on this board as boot disk, on an Intel based Gigabyte GA-965-DS3. Both systems are x86_64 architecture.
The OS is on both systems is openSUSE 11.1.
On booting the disk on the Gigabyte, the disk is seen correctly by the BIOS, but not by the OS, and there is no /dev/sdX; no /dev/disk/... either. I am taken to a login shell from the ramdisk.
When I just mount this disk on the Gigabyte (booted with the Gigabyte's original boot disk) everything seems fine. No suprise to me, since the disk was fine, and was unmounted gracefully and physically taken off the MSI before the board failed.
I think that the cause lies in the fact that the harddisk controller on the Gigabyte is different from the MSI, and the driver for that controller is not available at boot time.
I have two questions:
- is my assumption correct, or is something else going on?
- if I am right, is there a way to get this disk booting on the Gigabyte (or on another system, for that matter)?
You might want to ask why I want to boot this disk on the Gigabyte in the first place, since I can mount it and see all data on it. I have a reason for that, but telling that story would make this topic too long, and it's too off-topic. Most certainly I will get to that in another topic.
Recently purchased an SSD drive to replace my existing mechanical drive. My source hard drive is a 750gb and destination SSD is 256gb. My current partition setup on my source drive looks like this: /home 639 GB, 137GB used / 46 GB, 6.4GB used
My destination SSD drive's partition table current looks like this: /home 238 GB / 18 GB
I originally was going to use Clonezilla to do the partition copying but found out that the destination partition must be equal or larger than the source one.
I had to change my disc for a bigger one, and i want to transfer all my dataconfigurations, etc to a partition in another disk, a simple ctrl C, ctrl V will do or theres a specific tool that i need? I dont want to download all the updates, programs and go through the hassle of reconfiguring everyhtingmy new disk have windows 7 and i installed a fresh ubuntu on it but i want it to be a clone of my old onePS: i just notice now that grub no longer recognize both win7, the old and the new. What's wrong?
I want to clone my fedora8 HDD using clonezilla.I have downloaded,and want to boot from that.I have created one partition sda8 with 740 mb and formatted with ext3 and mounted that on /mnt. I have extracted the files onto /mnt from clonezilla zip file. I appended the necessary lines told by website to the grub.menu.lst , after rebooting when i select that clonezilla from grub,it was telling unrecognized format and cant mount the partition.
how to mount the partition permanently in fstab. Tell me how to modify the grub file to work correctly to boot from that partition.
Output of fdisk
Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80025280000 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Disk identifier: 0xa95ea95e
We are giving away 20+ machines to 3rd world county and I was asked from the receiving party to install linux on them. What I don't want is to pop a cd into all of them and do the manually install.
I'm thinking of installing one computer the old fashion way and do the OEM-configuration on it afterwards. It would be nice to just clone the hard drives since the computer is identical right down to the hard drive.
I am trying to clone my internal drive on my laptop using the dd command after starting up my computer using the 10.10 installer CD. Nothing happens when I follow the instructions from this site: [URL] When I follow these instructions, it doesn't work. I know that I am not being specific here but all I can say is that nothing happens. What am I doing wrong. My internal drive is 250GB and the partition I created on my DOS formatted external drive is 250GB as well.