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    Easiest way of copying an entire HD - with hidden partitions and all

    So, I bought a new ASUS laptop which I would like to play around with. I intend to wipe the HD in order to reinstall Win 7 and Ubuntu in dual boot - without the hidden ASUS partitions etc, which have caused enough problems on previous ASUS machines.

    At the same time, I would like to have access to the original contents of the HD - as it came from ASUS. I am aware that ASUS offers its own backup and restore solutions, but I would prefer to do this manually.

    To the question: I intend to use my Natty Live USB in order to copy the HD - all partitions - to an Ext4 formatted HD connected with USB. Ideally, I would like to keep the backup as a .tar.gz-file - in order to keep the USB HD useable for other backup purposes. What is the easiest way of doing this, using the Live USB?

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    Re: Easiest way of copying an entire HD - with hidden partitions and all

    Quote Originally Posted by nrabett View Post
    So, I bought a new ASUS laptop which I would like to play around with. I intend to wipe the HD in order to reinstall Win 7 and Ubuntu in dual boot - without the hidden ASUS partitions etc, which have caused enough problems on previous ASUS machines.

    At the same time, I would like to have access to the original contents of the HD - as it came from ASUS. I am aware that ASUS offers its own backup and restore solutions, but I would prefer to do this manually.

    To the question: I intend to use my Natty Live USB in order to copy the HD - all partitions - to an Ext4 formatted HD connected with USB. Ideally, I would like to keep the backup as a .tar.gz-file - in order to keep the USB HD useable for other backup purposes. What is the easiest way of doing this, using the Live USB?

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    Re: Easiest way of copying an entire HD - with hidden partitions and all

    I was not able to see that Clonezilla supports saving partitions or entire HD images as files (as opposed to (edit: saving them as) partitions).

    I was thinking more in the lines of

    dd if=/dev/sda1 bs=4096 | tar -czvf > /media/USB_disk/Backup.tar.gz

    Edit: Sorry, it appears that Clonezilla does what I want. Solved.
    Last edited by nrabett; October 26th, 2011 at 12:02 AM.

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    Re: Easiest way of copying an entire HD - with hidden partitions and all

    Asus provides their paid customers with the ability to buy a restore disc for each laptop/notebook they sell. Toshiba does the same. They are usually very inexpensive. Sometimes just the shipping and handling and you get a really nice silver pressed dvd with everything you would be wiping off your system.

    Quote Originally Posted by nrabett View Post
    So, I bought a new ASUS laptop which I would like to play around with. I intend to wipe the HD in order to reinstall Win 7 and Ubuntu in dual boot - without the hidden ASUS partitions etc, which have caused enough problems on previous ASUS machines.

    At the same time, I would like to have access to the original contents of the HD - as it came from ASUS. I am aware that ASUS offers its own backup and restore solutions, but I would prefer to do this manually.

    To the question: I intend to use my Natty Live USB in order to copy the HD - all partitions - to an Ext4 formatted HD connected with USB. Ideally, I would like to keep the backup as a .tar.gz-file - in order to keep the USB HD useable for other backup purposes. What is the easiest way of doing this, using the Live USB?

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    Re: Easiest way of copying an entire HD - with hidden partitions and all

    Quote Originally Posted by nrabett View Post
    I was not able to see that Clonezilla supports saving partitions or entire HD images as files (as opposed to (edit: saving them as) partitions).

    I was thinking more in the lines of

    dd if=/dev/sda1 bs=4096 | tar -czvf > /media/USB_disk/Backup.tar.gz

    Edit: Sorry, it appears that Clonezilla does what I want. Solved.
    yeah Clonezilla does everything you want, it has a lot of features during expert mode.

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