[Durham] Backing up and resorting a Windows7 install using Linux boot media

Olivier NEMOZ SAINT-DIZIER olivier.nemoz.saint.dizier at gmail.com
Mon Dec 2 17:05:50 UTC 2013

Hi Dougie,
How big is data in the WD hard drive? You could use partimage/parteclone
which copy just the data used instead of all the partition's bytes like dd.
Some live cd are specialized in this purpose : clonezilla, partedmagic,
About you chance of success, depend of the windows' issue :)

Good luck.

2013/12/2 Dougie Nisbet <dougie at highmoor.co.uk>

> I have a failing disk in a Lenovo ThinkCentre A57. It has a WD 320GB
> drive. I'm wondering whether I can boot the PC from Linux and backup the
> system using tar and restore to a different harddrive. Then try to boot the
> PC from the restored drive. All I can find is another WD but a 250GB one.
> What's my chances of success? Would a re-install be  easier? I thought of
> dd too but I'm guessing that the drives would have to be the same size.
> cheers
> Dougie
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