Making a drive image/ISO

Posted: Mon, 06/09/2008 - 18:08
What program is there that i can make an image/ISO of my current install with setting programs etc. intact? I have looked and looked and for the life of me can't remember what the program is called? I'd like to create an iso of my current setup to load on a friends machine because he is having some problems with the new Ubuntu 8.04. I told him 64 Studio is the way to go. Besides I can do it fresh and give him his own /home directory. His is slowly converting from windows!!Yeah!!! Another leaves the Micro$oft flock to join the Linux crusade!! Ideas? MiCK

Several Ways...

  • picothinker
  • 08/22/07
  • Wed, 06/11/2008 - 21:43
cat /dev/sda > imagename.img Change sda to the appropriate drive letter. You can also do this over a network to/from a different machine. First ssh into the machine to be copied, then do something like this: ssh username@destination "cat /dev/sda" > ssh.imagename.img K3b can make ISO images, I presume you could make an image of an entire partition but it will easily be too large for one disc. I have used remastersys in other Debian variants, it is nice because you can make your whole existing install into a bootable livecd, with all your settings intact. A livecd will easily have too much latency for recording, but you can include the regular Install, and put it all back on another disc. It will easily require a DVD if you have much on there. You have to add a repo and install a few things, but it works very well.

Thanks for both of your

  • 05/23/07
  • Wed, 06/11/2008 - 13:34
Thanks for both of your suggestions. I guess that would work. I have install various other apps for video processing. my settings would be stored in the .whatever folders and the fine tuning i've done "should be" prosent when he boots up. I have done fresh installs myself leaving home intact so this approach could be the ticket and time saving. Somethings it is fun to do things the hard way though. ;) cheers MiCK

Try this...

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Tue, 06/10/2008 - 13:51
Do a fresh install, but just copy the entire contents of your home folder into his (except your personal files, that is) The cool thing with linux is that all your settings are kept in hidden .whatever files in your home folder. Just install the apps needed, and he is on his way! Cheers,

Clonezilla is one the

  • funkster1
  • 05/26/07
  • Tue, 06/10/2008 - 11:55
Clonezilla is one the possible solutions. Works roughly like Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost and the likes: Cheers Raphael ;)