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Ubuntu Linux system drive imaging/restore procedures and software -- to USB hard drive (no DVD/CD writer)

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I have a Unbuntu Linux laptop box, it so crucial to me that I  be able
completely restore it or clone it to an identical machines I do have a couple, in case it crashes.

The laptop doesn't have a DVD/CD writer drive, only USP drive (it can recognize large drives).

I need to know the software(free ones most appreciated) and procedure to backup/restore the system or clone the system to another machine.  In fact I want to make a clone now.

Thanks
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Use PartImage  program available on systemrescue cd to clone your hard disk into USB Disk.

As you have no optical drive, you will need two usb disks. One for Live Systemrescue Disk. And another for storing the hard disk image.

Download the iso image of system rescue cd and follow the official documentation howto make your USB disk a bootable live usb disk. Then boot from that usb disk and run the partimage and use the second usb disk as the target storage device.

Thank you.
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Do you mean Window's systemrescue CD or something else? How can I get it?
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Yes it is system rescue cd and you can download it from there website System Rescue CD Download.
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Thanks, it worked
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