On Mon, 2012-11-26 at 21:44 +1100, Russell Coker wrote:
On Mon, 26 Nov 2012, Andrew Greig
I have 2 x identical Lenovo IdeaPads each 160Gb
Are the drives identical? If they aren't does the target of the clone
operation have a disk that is bigger than the source or which is bigger than
the used part of the source?
If so then you don't need to worry about partition tables etc, just copy the
raw data from the disk. You can do that safely by booting both systems from a
recovery CD or USB stick. You can even copy the raw disk if the source is
running in multi-user mode as long as there are few disk writes in progress
and you run fsck on the target afterwards.
Thanks Russell, Matthew and Michael,
It's amazing the things that can trip one up. Both machines were
running WiFi networking so I decided to see how it would go with an
ethernet cable connection instead. I started Clonezilla in the source
machine with a USB DVD drive and the CZ disc, when it was in standby I
disconnected the drive and used it to boot the target drive. With both
machines on ethernet cable it is swinging along nicely. Just as well
that I remembered to run them both on 240v. I am pretty sure the
batteries would have expired during this process. Thanks for your
support. I will report on the success of the exercise, tomorrow.