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If you use sfdisk to backup the partition table, that will make the partition structure on the new drive when you restore it. Here are the commands...
Save the ENTIRE PARTITION TABLE to a file using sfdisk.
sfdisk –d /dev/hda > /mnt/images/backup/partfile
Restore that partition table from files to the new hard drive using the command:
sfdisk /dev/hda < /mnt/images/backup/partfile
I happen to have a script which I use from a rescue cdrom which automates the restore process.....
Bootup with the rescue cd and run the clone script to restore the images to your new hard drive.
#!/bin/bash # clear echo echo "********************************************************************" echo " Caution!!! This program will erase your hard drive" echo echo -n " Do you want to proceed (Y/N)?" read answer if test "$answer" != "Y" -a "$answer" != "y"; then exit 0; fi # clear # #Erase the old boot sector dd if=/dev/zero if=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1 # #Restore the partition table from file sfdisk /dev/hda < /mnt/images/backup/partfile # #Restore the MBR from file #dd if=/mnt/images/backup/mbrfile of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1 clear # #Restore the images with Partimage partimage restore -b -z2 -f3 /dev/hda1 /mnt/images/backup/windows.000 # partimage restore -b -z2 -f3 /dev/hda2 /mnt/images/backup/linux.000 # clear echo "Image restore is complete" echo # #
Free, doesn't do well with major hardware differences.
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