Copying OS Partition

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    Copying OS Partition

    What I need to do is to copy my OS partition (WinXP Pro, NTFS) into a larger partition onto another drive, and make it so that my PC can boot from the new partition. Anyone have any ideas how to do this?
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    Ghost it.

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    Do you know of any good free ghosting software?
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    From what I've heard, it's not possible to copy an XP partition. It just wont boot, although I've never tried it myself.
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    Originally posted by XSquared
    Do you know of any good free ghosting software?
    Nope. You have to pay for a good utility like that. What is your reason for not just installing XP to the new drive from the disk?

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    I'm guessing he doesn't want to have to reinstall all the software and such.

    Hmm would it be possible to install XP, move all the files over and then copy the old registry onto the new one?

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    I'm running out of room on my C drive, and the only free space I have is on another drive, so I was hoping I could just move the whole thing onto a bigger partition on the new partition, mainly because I just don't have time to reformat right now.
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    without something like ghost or partition magic, you're pretty much out of luck.

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    What about the Linux 'dd' command? Would it do what I need? I do have Knoppix.
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    Windows has a program that you can transfer all files and settings to another computer.
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    echo xsqured, that'd be the easiest

    and you can put it on another partition, it will boot as long as the other hardware in the comp is the same...particularly the mobo and proc.
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    Yes, DD will work great for this task. In fact, I just did the exact same thing about a week ago

    WinXP drive (30 gig) transfered to new 160 gig drive. It's slow as hell (30 gig took about 2.5 hours) but it works great because it's a bit-for-bit copy.

    This is a perfect task for Knoppix

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    What parameters should I use for dd?
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    example:

    dd if=/dev/hda1 of=/dev/hdb1

    if is in file. This would be the disk/partition with the already existing OS. of is out file. This is the target blank disk. If remember correctly, this disk must be partitioned first in order for linux to mount it, however, any partition will work as it will be overwritten with the source partition.

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