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Can I use my laptop to clone a desktop xp hard drive to a larger drive winth clonezilla?

rrincones
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I would like to connect a desktop 20gb drive to my laptop with a data transfer kit, use clonezilla to image it to a 180gb drive that I would also connect to my laptop.  

Is it possible?  what are the steps?
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems Engineer

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Not familiar with clonezilla... partition magic and ghost both are products that will clone a disk and grow the partitions to match the new larger size.
Gary ColtharpSr. Systems Engineer

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....and no, the cloning software doesnt care what is on the drive. As long as it can see both drives, it will clone it. So you should be able to do it from your laptop.
Robert RComputer Service Technician

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As long as the source drive is smaller than the target drive you should have no problems using clonezilla to clone the drive.
Top Expert 2013
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personally, i use the free paragon software for that : http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/      
but clonezilla does the same
the steps :
-connect source disk, and start clonezilla
-you select the disk you want to make an image of, and make the image (you will need to have free disk space to store the image - in this case 20 GB free at least on your laptop drive)
-now disconnect the source disk, and connect Destination disk
-once the image is made, you select to restore the image, and point it to the Destination disk

if no space available, most softwares allow the image to be stored on cd, or DVD

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I cannot boot to the clonezilla cd.  I have a dell studio.  I selected f12 during the post, then I selected the cd rom, but then windows starts.
Gary ColtharpSr. Systems Engineer

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Are you using Clonezilla Live?
Top Expert 2013

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how did you make the cd? what file is it?
or just try the paragon soft, as suggested.. its FREEEEEEEE
Robert RComputer Service Technician

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was the clonezilla cd an iso file which you burned onto the cd? Or is it just a file you copied to the cd? Obviously you know how to boot to the cd by going into the boot menu by choosing F12 at the startup and are choosing to boot to the cd. But for some reason your system is not reading the boot options off of the cd. This may be due to a defective optical drive or the cd may be defective, or lastly there is no boot information on the disc, in otherwords the cd was not burned correctly. If you just copied the clonzilla file onto the disc this will not permit you to boot from the disc. If the clonzilla file is a iso file you need an appliacation that opens and creates bootable cds from ISO files. If the clonezilla file is an exe type of file that means the program is an application that you have to run in order to create a bootable cd.
Top Expert 2013

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you can test the cd on another pc - to see if you can boot from it

Author

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I downloaded clonezilla live i486 and i686 versions.  
Used AstroLite Burn to create the Cd's.  
I cannot boot to either one.
I tested my optical drive by booting to a windows os, it worked.
Top Expert 2013

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did you test the cd's on another pc?
HOW did you create the cd's, and what files did you burn to them?
ISO files MUST be burned with an ISO burningapp
Gary ColtharpSr. Systems Engineer

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if you browse the CD, what is on it? An ISO file or a directory structure?

You might want to try burning them using ActiveISOBurner... its free and that is pretty much its only function.
Wondering if the target drive is also a 3.5 ?
Is it going in a desktop after cloned?
Why not use the desktop to do the cloning? The clone will go much faster if you are using IDE or SATA connections than if using USB connectors?

With your given setup ( laptop with drives connected) you could use any Linux Live CD ( Ubuntu, Parted Magic etc) and just follow this

http://www.justlinux.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=134457

Go to section B.
This would work better with the desktop as the machine doing the cloning (faster).
Parted magic also had the benefit of GParted which will allow you to extend the new drive partition to whatever size you want.


I have used this method many times with success.

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I used a burning software to create the cd's.  Target drive is also a 3.5.  The problem was booting to the cd.  

I will try other options.
Top Expert 2013

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>>  I used a burning software to create the cd's  <<  you don't understand imo; for burning an ISO file, you need an ISO burning tool; if you don't have one, use the free CDburnerxp : http://cdburnerxp.se/

Author

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@notus: As I mentioned above, I used Astolite Burn to burn the ISO.  IT IS AN ISO BURNING TOOL.  
You could use Linux Live USB creator to make a Parted Magic flashdrive ( or any one of a number of Linux distributions)
http://www.linuxliveusb.com/

It works quite well...  but I would suggest not using the Persistence option for a Parted Magic stick.

Then just set your Boot Order for USB before HDD.
Or select Boot Menu on startup. (sometimes the USB drive is listed under HDD in Boot Options Menu)