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German_EE:
The hard drive on my workshop machine is used for both MS Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux, because of this there are six different partitions on the hard drive including UEFI, NTFS and ext3. I would like to make a bit copy of the entire 250 Gb drive for disaster recovery purposes, in the old days I would have used something like Norton Ghost but I am not sure if this program can cope with a mixture of partition types.

The two operating systems don't help here, Linux has trouble reading UEFI formatted drives and MS Windows refuses to recognize an ext3 partition.

So, what can I use to make a bit copy of everything on the drive in one go?

andycsmith:
you could try https://www.clonezilla.org/, the latest version handles UEFI and should cope with Linux as its Linux based software. I use it for taking images of windows PC's.

Monkeh:

--- Quote from: German_EE on November 08, 2019, 05:22:35 pm ---The two operating systems don't help here, Linux has trouble reading UEFI formatted drives

--- End quote ---

Eh?!

You have Linux. Use dd.

helius:

--- Code: ---# dd if=/dev/hda of=backup.raw conv=sparse iflag=direct &
--- End code ---
only if your current directory is on a different disk, of course.

I wanted a rude username:
Yep, and also if you want the image to be as small as possible, first run zerofree on the Linux filesystems (and equivalent on the Windows filesystems) and, then when you dd, pipe the output through xz or your favourite compression program.

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