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Using Parted Magic to clone a partition

This can be used to simply back up a hard drive partition to a image or another hard drive. The example I am going to do today involves cloning a current partition over to another hard drive.

Parted Magic can be found here. You will also need to use something like UNetbootin which will install Parted Magic onto a USB or CD. It can be found here.

Once you have Parted Magic installed onto some type of media device (USB / CD) reboot the system you are going to use it on and load from the media. (Either from a boot menu that will automatically pop up or you may have to go into the bios and set it to read USB or CD-ROM first on the next boot, it all depends on your motherboard. Usually pressing one of the following will get you into bios or a boot menu: F12 or Delete)

You should be prompted with a screen like this:
Press Enter or allow it to automatically boot.
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Select “Disk Cloning" as this is the application we will be using to clone our partition.
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Select “device-device" since we are copying from one hard drive to another.
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Select “Beginner"
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Select “part_to_local_part" as both of these hard drives are connected to the host computer.
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We will be selecting the “sda1" as it is our source drive which we want to make a copy of.
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We will be selecting the “sda2" as it is the target hard drive to be copied to.
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Pick “Select checking/repairing…" as it is not needed.
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Press “Enter"
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Enter “Y" plus press “Enter"
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Enter “Y" plus press “Enter"
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Press “Enter" and your cloning will begin!
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You will see various screens with different steps completing which will eventually end with it announcing it is complete!


  • Additional Parted Magic information can be found here
  • If you are interested in figuring out how to resize a partition check out my other guide here

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