[PLUG] cloning old drive

Josiah Luscher sy at josiahluscher.com
Wed Mar 2 06:19:39 PST 2016


I've had very good experiences with Redo ( http://redobackup.org ).  

Having said that I've had all sorts of problems (not related to redo) getting partitioning tables to match exactly and 4k sector alignment, etc...

I'm guessing your going to have to get down and dirty with fdisk / gparted.  Can you post the output of fdisk for each drive?

On March 1, 2016 8:42:22 PM PST, Denis Heidtmann <denis.heidtmann at gmail.com> wrote:
>I am working with an old computer with custom hardware and SW than
>cannot
>be regenerated.  We want to clone the HD so that if the existing one
>fails
>we have a chance of being able to continue using the system.  The HD is
>1G;
>the OS is Windows 3.1; the computer is a compaq.
>
>A clone was attempted to a 20G HD, but it will not boot (I forgot the
>error
>message, but it finally said not a system disk.)  And at this point I
>do
>not know what SW was used to do the cloning.
>
>My first guess is that the BIOS cannot  handle the drive, even though
>the
>cloning leaves only 1G available.  Is this a likely explanation?  My
>second
>guess is that perhaps Compaq did something non-standard to prevent
>drives
>other than theirs from being used.  (They would not be the first nor
>the
>last company to be SOBs.)
>
>I have searched for ideas, but the answers are so varied that I do not
>know
>which ones to trust.
>
>Anybody here have suggestions?  What cloning SW is suggested?
>
>(If this question is unacceptable for a Linux group, I can move it to
>Talk.)
>
>-Thanks,
>-Denis
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