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How do I easily copy or clone a boot partition onto a new hard drive?

I have two hard drives, one is empty and one is with data, and I want to clone one to other - 1:1 backup. What is the best tool for that?

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With the limited info you've given, it sounds like any disk imaging tool would work. –  Ward Sep 6 '11 at 13:32

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Can you use linux (in general) ?

If so, simply use dd :

dd if=/dev/original_HD of=/dev/dest_HD
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Take a look at clonezilla.

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