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j6at

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On a move to OZ from Thailand, a box with my original CD's was lost. I want to upgrade my computer. Is there a software application that will clone my HD or let me transfer individual applications to another brand of computer?

Thanks,

John
 
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Hi j6at,

If you can download most any Linux Live CD and burn the ISO bootable image to CD, and you have a HD at least the size you want to clone, then in the Live CD environment built into RAM (at least 1GB recommended), you can issue the command starting from a regular user account:
$ sudo -i
# dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb
or from the user account:
$ sudo dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb

The above command clones HD /dev/sda to HD /dev/sdb.

As the user, you should first issue the command: sudo fdisk -l
in order to identify the actual device names of the connected HDs on your system before issuing the dd commands above.

You can download Linux Live CDs from here.

If you don't have 1GB RAM, try some of the smaller downloads: Damn Small Linux (48MB), Puppy Linux (60MB). OTOH, if you have 1GB RAM - I'd prefer the Ubuntu download.

Note: make sure your BIOS has the CD first in the boot order before the HD.

-- Tom
 
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