How Can I Duplicate an Entire Drive?

Edoardo Costa edoardo at
Sat Nov 11 08:34:22 GMT 2006

On Friday 10 November 2006 03:18, Robert Temple wrote:
> I've looked into various disk copy & backup programs and the consensus is
> rsync is the tool I need. But all the instructions I've read are how to
> copy specific directories and/or do incremental backups, not on mirroring a
> complete drive.
> Can anyone help?
> Thanks!

Hi Robert,
I think you will be better off using a tool such as "dd" which will do a copy 
of the disk rather than the files.  I'd have a look at the dd man page and 
see if it does what you are looking for.  I used it to take a disk image of a 
failing disk over my lan.  Worked great.

PS: Rsync users, if you think I am wrong, please let me know... knowledge is 
power. ;)

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