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Default Need software to mirror multi boot HDD - 08-22-2009, 11:04 AM

I didnt know where to post so I threw out here. I want to mirror a HDD that has 2 or more partitions in different formats with different systems. I am familiar with CCC but is there an easier way to so as to maybe get the different partitions and load the the drives all at the same time?

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Default 09-12-2009, 01:26 PM

Do you really mean mirror or do you want to create a clone of the hard drive as a backup? I can recomend Symantec Ghost or Acronis to create a clone. I can't help with a mirror. Creating a mirror is actually done with your RAID software\hardware, which is not prent on the Mini... so I am a little confused by your question.
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Default 09-12-2009, 02:39 PM

If you need to clone a disk, then check out Symantec Ghost or Acronis

Hiren's Boot CD has great tools, if you can come by it.

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Default 09-12-2009, 04:05 PM

Are you trying to create a backup image of the entire hard drive that can be restored in the future?

To create a backup image of an entire drive, I'd just boot a Linux USB/CD, then run "sudo dd if=/dev/sda of=drive.img" to create a file named "drive.img" consisting of the entire first drive: "/dev/sda". Restore the image by booting of a Linux USB/CD, and running "sudo dd if=drive.img of=/dev/sda".

To compress the image and split it into CD-sized pieces, run a command like "sudo dd if=/dev/sda | gzip --fast | split -a 3 -b 700M -d - drive.img.gz.". You'll end up with a bunch of files named: drive.img.gz.00, drive.img.gz.01, etc.

These commands, or similar, will work on any Unix-type OS, I'm just most comfortable with Linux.

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