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So with the assistance of Hennes I was able to use dd to copy my entire sda to sdb, but after dd finished I checked the partitions with gparted and found that all partitions were listed as empty, the boot flag was missing, and all listed as unmounted, so I was wondering if anybody knew what went wrong, I checked the information and have the same error on all partitions:

Warning, the device /dev/sdb2 doesn't exist. ntfsresize v2oo12.1.15ar.1 (libntfs-3g) error(2):failed to check '/dev/sdb2' mount state no such file or directory Probably /etc/mtab is missing. It's too risky to continue. You might try an another linux distro. Unable to read the contents of this file system! Because of this some operations may be unavailable. The cause might be a missing software package. The following list of software packages is required for ntfs file system support : ntfsprogs / ntfs-3g

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Do you have ntfs-3g or ntfsprogs installed? (looks so, but just to check) – user176581 Jan 27 '13 at 1:59
I'm pretty sure dd is not the right way to copy disks. Disks aren't so simple to copy - they contain MBR, etc. dd is simply a dumb byte copier – user176581 Jan 27 '13 at 2:00
Honestly, right now I'm not sure, I've been at this for 14 hours, it's the gparted live disc so I assume it comes with it, we copied it with dd in ubuntu earlier but ran into a error with ubuntu and it only copied 2 of the 3 partitions. – user88311 Jan 27 '13 at 2:03
please review chat , dd works. – user88311 Jan 27 '13 at 2:04

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