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Re: backing up a drive

On Monday 20 March 2006 14:24, Star King of the Grape Trees wrote:
> Micha Feigin wrote:
> >I want to make an exact backup of a hard drive (copy one drive to
> > another). It contains a program who's copy protection checks changes to
> > the system so unless I can restore it exactly the program will stop
> > running (it's a veterinary clinic software so I don't think that there is
> > a free alternative)
> >
> >Thanks
> Sometimes that is not enough. Some programs also check things such as
> CPU ID, and other serial numbers.
> "dd" or "cat" is probably sufficient, but you will get a file that is
> the SAME size as the HDD.
> So, I would get another HDD that is *exactly* equal or larger, and use
> the actual hard disc as the destination file. (ie, /dev/hdd)
> (Could someone else please confirm this?)

That perfectly describes dd's usage.

Paul Johnson
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