Best way to clone an installation (copying to identical hardware) [closed]


Kind-of like this question but slightly different (I think), in that I have 6 identical Acer Aspire Revo R3610 machines. One is (almost) configured to my requirements - when I'm done preparing it I'd like to make the other 5 machines absolutely the same. I'm very new to Ubuntu, what's the most straightforward (easiest) way of doing this?

The machines are going to live on different networks if that might otherwise be a problem (eg with Windows you can clone disks but you then have to make registry changes afterwards if they're going to run on the same network etc). The hardware in all 6 machines is, I stress, the same!

How can I efficiently clone one source image on to these identical machines?

Please restrict one software/solution per answer

Clonezilla sounds like it fits your needs

A low level copy using dd would do the trick!

Watch out for conflicting IP addresses and hostnames.

Basically put the source drive and destination drive...

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Kind-of like this question but slightly different (I think), in that I have 6 identical Acer Aspire Revo R3610 machines. One is (almost) configured to my requirements - when I'm done preparing it I'd like to make the other 5 machines absolutely the same. I'm very new to Ubuntu, what's the most straightforward (easiest) way of doing this?

The machines are going to live on different networks if that might otherwise be a problem (eg with Windows you can clone disks but you then have to make registry changes afterwards if they're going to run on the same network etc). The hardware in all 6 machines is, I stress, the same!

How can I efficiently clone one source image on to these identical machines?

Please restrict one software/solution per answer



A low level copy using dd would do the trick!

Watch out for conflicting IP addresses and...

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I have to clone some Entity, then I wrote this piece of code.

public override object Clone() { var CloneUser = base.Clone() as FMSUser; CloneUser.Username = this.Username; CloneUser.IsEnabled = this.IsEnabled; CloneUser.IsNeedPasswordReset = this.IsNeedPasswordReset; CloneUser.LastName = this.LastName; CloneUser.FirstName = this.FirstName; CloneUser.MiddleName = this.MiddleName; CloneUser.DistributorID = this.DistributorID; CloneUser.IsLocked = this.IsLocked; return CloneUser; }

But then my coworker sent me this code, saying it's better to clone this way, but can't tell me why :

public FMSUser(FMSUser user) { this.Username = user.Username; this.IsEnabled = user.IsEnabled; this.IsNeedPasswordReset = user.IsNeedPasswordReset; this.LastName = user.LastName; this.FirstName = user.FirstName; this.MiddleName = user.MiddleName; this.DistributorID = user.DistributorID; this.IsLocked = user.IsLocked; } public override object Clone() { return new FMSUser(this);...
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I have a 150GB raw image for one of my virtual machines that I would like to clone many times to create other VM's on the same template.

I tried to simply create a new VM and replace the new raw with a copy of my template and it works ok. The only problem is that it's very long to copy these 150GB and I'm looking for more effective way to clone. So here are my questions:

Is there a command to clone an image and to copy only the effective data (not empty disk space) from the first one?
Is there a way to shrink my template raw image so I can copy it quickly and then expand it to the size I want?

If I could avoid to recreate my template from scratch it would be really great.

Many thanks in...

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It's really a pain to upgrade your OS installed hard drive, because you don't want to reinstall your well running operating system and it needs your Windows ID and key, let alone the long time spent on it. So the best way to move your existing OS to your new and larger hard drive is to clone. Cloning can help to move all your contents on the hard drive completely to your new drive, including the operating system, files, programs and all personal settings.

1How to clone OS to a larger Hard Drive

To clone your OS, you need a system backup tool. Here you can try Wondershare LiveBoot Boot CD, which can help to clone your entire disk or partitions that you need to backup with only 1 click.

Step1. Boot your computer from LiveBoot

Wondershare LiveBoot provides a bootable CD/USB, which gives you a totally pure environment to backup a clean operating system or all drive contents. Insert the CD or plug in the USB to your PC, start your computer and...

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After searching a bit I could not find a simple and good howto to do that.
The following method should work for any Linux distribution (Ubuntu, Debian, Manjaro, Archlinux, Fedora…). Source and target systems must be on the same processor architecture (though transfer from 32bit to 64bit should work).

What you need:

2 live USB keys (or cds) To speed up data transfer: good quality ethernet cables (one cable between the 2 computers is OK), or a usb key/drive with a BIG ext4 partition. You can try over wifi, but it may be slow.

1. Boot source and target machines on live USB/CD

Any live USB/CD should be OK.
On the target computer, you will need a tool to partition your hard drive, like gparted.
rsync is also required for data transfer: it’s included in many live systems.

Ubuntu live cd is OK, Manjaro live cd too.

2. Partition your target hard drive

Use a tool like gparted to partition the target hard drive, with the same...

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I have recently run a SMART scan on my 1TB Seagate drive, and found some pending sector counts and offline uncorrectable were both showing raw values of 1. From what I read, this is a sign of more trouble to come, so I ran one of the tools on the Ultimate Boot CD to scan and fix it, it appears to have been a success, and those errors are gone, but I want to have a good backup in case it comes back.

I had to go through hell to get this GPU to work (seems to always be the case), and I have a few other custom hardware settings too, plus my files and software, of course. What is the best/easiest way to move all this to a new HDD so I can just plug it in and go? I was contemplating going from the 1Tb SATA drive currently in the system to a 320Gb, being there is only 90Gb used on the 1Tb, but it looks like that is going to be a pain in the ass to do, so I'll likely just go with another 1TB from a more reputable brand, like WD. (heard too many people say Seagate is prone to this type of...

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We've provided you a lot of solutions about migrating hard drive to a larger one through disk clone, but when you try to migrate to an SSD, things get a little more confusing. Instead of upgrading to a bigger drive, people usually migrate or copy Windows to a smaller drive, a lot of files-like photos, music, movies, and games that might not all fit on the SSD. Fortunately, it becomes pretty easy now, and you can get all these done within munites. But what do you need before migrating OS to an SSD?

What You Need for migrating system to SSD

1. Backup everything and then deleting your personal files.
Your documents, movies and music from the current hard disk should all be deleted, which will make your Windows installation small enough to fit on the SSD.

2. Clone your current disk onto the SSD, and completely wipe your current drive.

From there, all your user folders - like My Documents, My Music, etc. will be moved to the...

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Hi, guys, after buying a new HDD or SSD, you might feel confused about ways to configure an operating system for the new disk, like the following man:

I just ordered a SSD from amazon and I was wondering if cloning will reduce performance compared to a clean install. I was leaning towards the clean install anyways, but it's going to be a pain to get everything back. I have quite a few games, but they're going to be on my HDD anyways. I was just curious if there's really any difference in speed and performance if you clone instead of clean install.
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But now there is no need to feel upset, because we are going to introduce main features of Clean (fresh) Install Windows, Clone Disk, and Move Windows to SSD or HDD, which can help you choose the most appropriate configuration method with ease. Of course, steps to do these are also included in this post.

Exact Features of Clean Install, Clone Disk, and Migrate Windows to SSD/HDD

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i don't know of any free imaging programs for windows. i use symantec backup exec system recovery (a.k.a.: ghost.) i've also used acronis trueimage in the past. both work well and are quite popular, but are not free.

for situations like you describe, i prefer to reinstall windows rather than image. and then install the current versions of whatever programs rather than move over all the leftover garbage in the registry and old dlls, etc.

in fact, if you're using parallels, then if you made a typical virtual machine rather than have parallels use your boot camp partition, then you wouldn't have an issue "moving" windows. a "typical" virtual machine is just a bunch of files so "moving" windows means just copying the files within osx. if you need the full performance of boot camp (i.e.: photoshop, autocad), then fine, but otherwise i say take this opportunity to reinstall windows clean as virtual machine. then when you want to move to a 3tb drive in the future, you're...

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Its impossible to get a consistent snapshot without stopping all operations which may change the state of the system.

Unless the application has been explicitly designed to accomodate this kind of operation (i.e. all processing handled via queueable messages) it is be impossible to get a consistent snapshot without bringing the system down (or at least disabling the transactional component).

However it is possible to reduce the time window for snap-shotting the system significantly (e.g. by removing a mirror from a RAID set then remounting it elsewhere). And the shorter the time it takes to generate the snapshot, the less likely that transactions will span the operation.

And most filesystems / DBS will support some sort of journalling which should allow most broken operations to be either recovered or rolled...

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1. I have confirmed that Replication requires Vcenter. So this solution is not going to work.

2. I am starting to look into this from Tom:

What you could do however is make sure that the source and destination host have access to the same storage. Then schedule a clone of the VM, but leave it powered off at all times. When in DR, on the other host, go to the datastore, select the VM's folder, rightclick the .vmx file and say add to Inventory. You can then boot it up on the other host. Or does the DR host only have local storage?

My question about the above brings me back to what I'd originally wanted to do. I thought that it might be possible to mount network storage to ESXi in some fashion. I have yet to see this described anywhere, but it would make this very simple to be able to schedule a clone to mounted network storage. I say this because you are correct, they do not have access to the same datastore - not at the moment. The main machine is...

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One of the most annoying things about owning a computer is the maintenance. It’s easily neglected. After all you don’t really notice the slow decline of your system’s performance, do you?

But then again it’s a delight to work on a freshly installed machine, where everything is smooth and responds quickly. But customization is tedious. And when your hard drive decides to break spontaneously, time is something you won’t have for sure.

For emergencies it’s better you have a data and a system backup available. Here are the 5 best tools to clone or copy your hard drive in no particular order.

Backing up your data is one of those things in life that you really won’t understand until disaster strikes, by which time it’s too late. For most people who haven’t experienced data-loss, the task of backing up just seems like such a good idea in theory, but so much effort in reality.

But take my advice, use this incredible free Easeus Todo...

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You can clone a mounted filesystem, but it's a bad idea because you'll be copying the filesystem in an inconsistent state. There's a real risk of losing data.

There are ways to clone a mounted filesystem, but they require preparation beforehand. For example, if the filesystem is on a block device that permits mirroring (such as LVM volumes or md-raid RAID1 volumes), you can create a mirror, then sever its link with the original. LVM also allows the creation of snapshots: an image of a filesystem, frozen in time, which can be safely read (cloning at the block device level is a bit iffier but possible in some cases).

So to answer your question: 1. no. 2. yes; yes but not automatically. 3. You need to install a bootloader on the external disk.

Since you'll need to reboot anyway, I recommend booting under a specialized tool for disk backups and maintenance, such as GParted or...

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This chapter describes how to clone an Oracle Grid Infrastructure home and use the cloned home to create a cluster. You perform the cloning procedures in this chapter by running scripts in silent mode. The cloning procedures are applicable to Linux and UNIX systems. Although the examples in this chapter use Linux and UNIX commands, the cloning concepts and procedures apply generally to all platforms.

Introduction to Cloning Oracle Clusterware

Cloning is the process of copying an existing Oracle Clusterware installation to a different location and then updating the copied installation to work in the new environment. Changes made by one-off patches applied on the source Oracle Grid Infrastructure home are also present after cloning. During cloning, you run a script that replays the actions that installed the Oracle Grid Infrastructure home.

Cloning requires that you start with a successfully installed Oracle Grid Infrastructure home. You use this home as the...

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Here you go.

1. Pre Installers.

1a. Winrar
1b. Compression
1c. MinGW2. Windows Deps.
2a. OpenSSL
2b.Berkeley DB
2c. Boost
2d. MiniUPNP
2e. Protoc and Libprotobuf
2f. Libpng
2g. qrencode
3. Download and Compile QT.

4. The Clone

4a. Source Code
4b. Copy and Replace Litecoin
4c. Copy and Replace LTC
4d. Change rpc and port numbers.
4e. Change starting letter for addresses.
4f. Update client version number.
4g. Change Litecoin example addresses to Clonecoin Addresses.
4h. Change char pchMessageStart and ParseHex.
4i. Change alert keys.
4j. Remove Merkel root and Genesis Block.
4k. Remove Nonce and testnet genesis.
4l. Add Epoochtime and Timestamp.
4m. Fixing the checkpoints.
4n. Change max money supply and coinbase maturity.
4o. Change block times from 2.5 minutes to 30 seconds.
4p. Change re-targeting
4q. Add premine and...
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soundtrek said:


I have a valuable program on my laptop that I want also want to have on my desktop pc. The problem is I don’t have the original installation CD and no downloads of it are available either.

Is there any free or inexpensive software that allows me to make a clone of the program directly from my laptop’s hard drive so I can then copy of it onto a flash drive and then load it onto my desktop?

Depending on how the EULA for that software is written, specifically if its legally licensed for only one installation, you may be asking how to do something illegal.

Why don't you share the name of this software, so we can see if what you want to do is legal or...

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First, you will need to create bootable media from the DiscWizard software.

Items to Note:

When cloning a laptop hard drive, it is important to install the new, empty target disk in the laptop first. Next, connect the old drive through USB. Once this has been done, you can perform the clone. If the target disk is cloned while connected to USB it will not be bootable.This operation migrates/copies the entire contents of one disk drive to another (e.g., when installing a larger disk) to get two identical drives with the same file structure. The "Clone Disc" tool effectively copies all of the contents of one hard disk drive onto another hard disk drive. The operation allows you to transfer all the information (including the operating system and installed programs) from one hard disk drive to another without having to reinstall and reconfigure all of your software.Only Basic MBR (Master Boot...
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The easiest way to do this is to run a bare bones Ubuntu installation on your hard drive, install VirtualBox and set up a virtual Ubuntu machine. Run your virtual machine and set up that installation just like you want it with all the bells and whistles you want. Do all of your working and playing on the virtual computer.

VirtualBox maintains the virtual machine as a large disk image file (.vdi) along with a few other much smaller configuration files. Whenever you want to backup your virtual machine, just shut it down and copy its directory to your backup location. I use a Passport external drive for this purpose.

Right now, there is both a Windows 7 and an Ubuntu 12 virtual machine on that external drive. All of the system updates, programs, personal files, pictures, whatever, get saved in those virtual machines. A backup of this type is very fast, as one big disk image file will transfer much quicker than a bunch of individual files would. Since VirtualBox maintains...

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Are you prepared if your hard drive crashes?

All hard drives will crash one way or another for some reazon corruption, virus attack, mechanical failures, etc. Hard drive failures happen more often than you might think. It could be caused by a physical or hardware failure or a logical or software failure in the drive. By the way you must be proactive before lost your data. You should know to take preventative measures before disaster strikes like using disk imaging software or cloning to make an exact replica of your hard drive.

We can make a disk imaging or cloning to make an exact replica of your hard drive or your computer system to be used on differents scenarios: Restore any supported Windows operating system and its programs and applications without re-installation, fast and safe Windows migrations to new storage devices (HDD or SSD) and even downsizes to smaller capacity drives, or cloning your full computer, to identical, similar or different...

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I used to use xxclone, from 32-bit XP through 32-bit Windows 7 — it was reasonably priced and awesome! — and I moved to Macrium Reflect for 64-bit Windows 7. (I think UEFI and GPT drives were also show-stoppers for xxclone.)

Macrium is also awesome — I’ve never had it screw up on me, whereas a couple of the competitors have — but the paid version is a bit pricey and the free version doesn’t do incremental cloning. I have an 8-year-old laptop with two 5400rpm 2TB internal drives that run on SATA I ports. My latest full internal clone took 5 hours 10 minutes. My sole image to an external drive, when I had less data, took 7 hours 30 minutes over a USB 2 connection. (Can you guess why I haven’t done any more images since the first one?)

I’m going to be in the market for a new laptop soon and am excited about Thunderbolt 3 ports (which use USB C connectors and supposedly support 20Gbps Thunderbolt transfers and 10Gbps USB 3.1 transfers), as well as the Skylake chipset and...

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I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask, but considering a lot of people have cloned their Windows installations before an upgrade or a clean install, I thought I'd try!

I noticed that on my 250gb ssd, there are 3 partitions relating to the one Windows installation (I had originally split the drive so the main partition would only be 50gb, but there are hidden partitions (RAW ~ 10gb) and system ~ 350mb. There's currently about 180gb unallocated.

Rather than save the whole disk as an image, am I able to only save (selected) those relevant partitions? I use Clonezilla. Would Macrium Reflect Free offer this ability? Or would I just need to save those partitions individually?

Thanks for any...

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I agree with Aldan with Cloning the HDD for the Second Machine... Many free software to do this

Once Cloned you have several options to keep the 2nd PC up to Date

Since you have 2 PCs and likely want minimum downtime in case of failure

1) File Syncing - usually done across the local network is a suitable technique
2) Shadowing Drives (almost identical for Cloning) - more complex but will also copy installed programs, updates, virus etc
3) Backup software and pick the 2nd computer over a LAN to store the backup or on a Ext HDD

There are pros and cons for each system... programs left open may not sync or back up the DB or other files in use.
If files become corrupt you just end up copying corrupt files

Backup Software that uses incremental backups allows you to restore files to ones that work before corruption all other methods or cloning, syncing typically don't offer this

There is also Cloud backup options etc


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Hi all!
I have 5 NUC machines for a tutoring centre. All identical NUC7i5BNK models and hardware (8Gb RAM and 128Gb M.2SSD). I have 5 legit Windows 10 Pro OEM keys. Over time, we will increase the number of Nucs to around 20 and buy more Keys.
There is no need for a server in the centre, but all machines will connect to the internet, printer, manager's PC via a switch.

I want to make future installs onto new Nucs quicker and easier, without going through the install process & config again.

Here's my proposed sequence;
- create a perfectly configured install of W10 onto the SSD of a Nuc.
- configure & make changes I needed (but I would not enter the W10 key)
- take that Golden Install SSD out and put it into an external USB enclosure and connect it to a different (technician's) Win10 PC.
- Using the technician's PC, clone that Golden Install SSD, (perhaps using some software like AOMEI Backupper?)
- Store that Golden Install...

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Computer type PC/Desktop
System Manufacturer/Model Number Custom Build
OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
CPU Intel Core i5 3570K
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme 4/A/ASR
Memory 16GB Corsair DDR3 1600 +
Graphics Card Gigabyte GV-N970WF3OC-4GD (GEForce GTX 970)

Hard Drives WD 1TB SATA 6GB Seagate 2TB SATA 6GB ADATA 64GB SSD SATA 6GB (System Drive)
Antivirus Emsisoft Anti-Malware; Malwarebytes; Bitdefender
Browser Firefox

Computer type PC/Desktop
System Manufacturer/Model Number Dell
OS Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
CPU Haswell
Memory 4 GB
Monitor(s) Displays Acer 23"
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080

Keyboard IBM Model M
Hard Drives Two hard drives, 1TB each: One for Linux, one for my data.
Antivirus Sophos (Linux), Trend Micro (Windows)
Browser Firefox, Opera

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Ehsan92 wrote:

Dude just use WDS that's like the easiest tool you can use. Wds allows you to capture your sysprep image and then can be used for deployment. if you need any help on creating the answer file give me a shout or someone in the community i guess

hi 100% this, use wds, it's free and easy to set-up. i have used both fog and clonezilla in the past and they have some features that are very enticing, but it means you learning another operating system to get it all working.

if you can see youtube from work, search for live (i think) he's a british bloke, and his videos are very good. he does a 2 part one on wds. i watched it and followed it, 17 days later i had 400 machines done.

drop them straight into the domain and look up how to activate them by gpo, it's not difficult, also drop all your apps to the machines via gpo not via the image as it will make the image huge and very slow to drop as it's one lump, rather than the individual...

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