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[Bug-ddrescue] How to Copy from Partition to Partition?

From: Lucy Van Tassel
Subject: [Bug-ddrescue] How to Copy from Partition to Partition?
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2008 01:40:28 -0700 (PDT)

I have a 50-something Gb hard disk, the contents of which I would like to
copy to a 250 Gb hard disk. The source hard disk contains one NTFS data
partition. The target hard disk has a 20-something Gb NTFS boot partition at
the beginning, the rest of the space currently unallocated. The source hard
disk may have some physical problems, which is why I prefer to use ddrescue
over Norton Ghost etc.

How do I safely copy the partition from the source hard disk to the target
hard disk? Do I have to create a partition on the target hard disk first?
Can it be of arbitrary size -- for instance, if I create a 1 Mb partition
and direct ddrescue to write to it, will it write off the end and will it
still work? Which Linux tool and syntax should I use to create this
partition, and then copy to it using ddrescue?

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