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Hello everyone, My system monitoring told me that my HD is about to fail. I used a Live-CD to secure the most important data to a DVD-ROM. Now: I would ...
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    HDD about to fail - how to migrate old HDD to new one


    Hello everyone,

    My system monitoring told me that my HD is about to fail.

    I used a Live-CD to secure the most important data to a DVD-ROM.

    Now:

    I would like to avoid the hassle of reinstalling Windows and Linux, so I bought another 80 GB HDD. Thats the same size the old one was, minus 0.5 GB sad.gif

    Anyway, I thought that it might be possible to simply copy the almost-dead HDD to the new HDD, without having to reinstall everything.

    I have a Knoppix-DVD, so I have access to the standard tools.

    Can anyone tell me how to migrate the HDD to the new one without having to reinstall my OSes?

    OSes installed: HDA1 - Windows XP Pro SP2 on NTFS (20 GB)
    HDA2 - Debian/GNU Linux on EXT3(40 GB)
    HDA3 - Common (Shared) Partition on FAT32(20 GB)
    Bootloader: Windows Bootloader, willing to change that if necessary-

    Any help appreciated.

    PiLLe

    P.S.: As you might be able to tell, I am not very experienced in the use of block-devices under Linux - or with HDD technology in general. HEEEELP sad.gif

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    I recommend just doing a clean install... no matter how hard that may be on you. Moving the same data from HDD to HDD makes things very messy and may leave you with some problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chopin1810
    I recommend just doing a clean install... no matter how hard that may be on you. Moving the same data from HDD to HDD makes things very messy and may leave you with some problems.
    That would still be an option if the migration fails.

    I would still like to try, even if its just to get to know the tools.

    Cheers
    Sebastian

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    I had the same problem a while back, I found http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ the ultimate boot CD. There many HDD migrating tools there.

    It makes an *exact* copy, partitioning scheems and everything
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    Quote Originally Posted by yourname3232
    I had the same problem a while back, I found http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ the ultimate boot CD. There many HDD migrating tools there.

    It makes an *exact* copy, partitioning scheems and everything
    Hehe

    I downloaded that Image yesterday. I was trying to get more information on the failure. I just did not notice that UBCD is able to do what I want

    Thx!

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    Predicted HDD failures are like cancer diagnoses: you can't stop them from happening but you can try to prepare for the worst.

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