Ok, so I do not want to have the drive bootable, I do not want any existing data destroyed on the target device, all I want to do is clone the hard drive to an external source, much like I could do with Acronis on the PC. Preferably with a GUI. Although command line is okay with clear instructions.

That way if anything really bad happens, instead of going through the entire process of re-installing OS, updates, installing programs etc etc, it's all there in one image!

I have searched google and although I have found many apps that propose they can do this, they actually cannot without meeting all the criteria above!

Does anyone here have any suggestions?

  • 5 seconds spent in Google: makeuseof.com/tag/2-methods-to-clone-your-linux-hard-drive
    – Sysadmin
    Jun 17 '20 at 8:45
  • As I wrote, I have looked at several "tools" those ones included, and they CANNOT do as I want in the OP - what you think I didn't already Google? Read the full OP!!
    – user23200
    Jun 17 '20 at 17:00
  • This is rude man. Just because the tools mentioned in this link are able to do exactly what you need. I use clonezilla to backup and restore the system in case if it will crash. You can also use rsync but this is a software which runs in terminal like dd. Just learn how to use for example clonezilla and stop complaining, please.
    – Sysadmin
    Jun 18 '20 at 9:42
  • no not rude at all imo - and it is not complaining either. I asked a specific question and advised I had already searched (and tried a few) for a tool that did what I needed but couldn't find one. So after doing all of that I posted here. Your comment indicating I had not done any research before posting the question, was, imo, the rude part! You are obviously a Linux expert and look at these things from an experts p.o.v. and perhaps forget that you started somewhere as well and that you probably asked many noob questions too.
    – user23200
    Jun 18 '20 at 17:49
  • Unfortunately I was not asking never anyone in the Internet. All I did was to look for the solution on my own. I wrote that using clonezilla you can make an image of the source disk and save it as an image file on a target drive. All you need is space on a target drive. I have no idea what you do not understand. Please read the manual from clonezilla and check how this program works, because it exactly do what you need. I am just curious how many times should it be repeated. There is no possibility to destroy anything if you know what exactly you are doing.
    – Sysadmin
    Jun 18 '20 at 18:13

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