Solved -Confusion on Cloning Debian for installations
I have been using reconditioned laptops to load Debian and hand out to people who need computers. I do four a year, free to a good home.
I am not saying this for recognition. It has been easy in the past.
Now what I wish to do is take a clean install of Debian 7 AMD 64 bit and create a thumb drive clone of this machine before I send it out the door. I have a couple of 32 gig thumbs.
From this thumb drive I would like create a clone or replicate this hard drive with all the settings. I use HP Compaq nc6400 laptops. Always the same type of laptop.
I can create ISO of all the partitions (No limitations in size.) But I will need to format the new hard drives and I am a bit confused as to exactly what the partition formats are for boot and swap. Is it ext 4? or something else. So I create the three partitions and open the ISOs in the proper partition. I should have a cloned hard drive.
There are some decisions that Debian has made (they are not wrong, but I do not agree with them,) and for me to make the needed changes every time literally takes hours. Also it allows me to better customize the computer because of the saved time of cloning.
Also, it will only have Debian and no other OS.
Any ideas or help will be appriciated. Thanks for taking a look at this posting and helping. I will check for answers daily. Thanks again.