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    Using dd count=... recover cloned disk possible?

    I cloned my filesystem to another disk, which is smaller than the original drive. so i had to use count= .... to force stop it reading from original drive at a point.
    the cloned drive is not readable, any idea?

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    Join Date
    May 2004
    arch linux

    It is my understanding that dd can't be used to restore to a smaller drive but can only restore to drives the same size as the original, or larger. Maybe someone will offer up a correction if that's wrong.

    I started using FSArchiver because it can easily restore to drivers smaller than the original.

    As for any type of "disk recovery", TestDisk is about the best recovery utility that I know of. You can run it from a liveCD and find instructions for using it on their website.

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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
    Have you tried running fsck on the cloned data? In any case, using dd to clone a drive to a smaller device is not advisable. Using rsync is a more reliable alternative in such a case.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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