I have a hard drive-duplicator device. It works great if you two of the same drive. But I’ve had issues transferring from an SSD to a regular hard drive (and vice versa).
I looked into buying the EaseUS Disk Copy program (only works in Windows) but now they want a subscription? Hell no to that. So here we are, looking to Ubuntu for our solution!
EDIT: I used the following method to duplicate my Ubuntu Server backup and the copied disk booted into grub (no boot loader). All things considered, one of those duplicators found easily on ebay and Amazon are the best bet. They are much faster and more accurate. For the error I did get using the physical drive duplicator, it was easy to fix. I booted with an Ubuntu Desktop Live USB and used the Disks program to repair. No issues after that. The model I have is a Sabrent EC-HD2B and I have to say it’s pretty nice.
Once you run the Ubuntu Live disk, open a terminal.
Plug in your first drive (the one that you want to copy).
sudo fdisk –l
Take note of what fdisk reports for this drive. It is likely /dev/sda
Now, plug in your second drive (the one you want to overwrite).
Run ‘sudo fdisk –l’ again.
fdisk will likely report this drive as /dev/sda.
Do not confuse the two drives. Here’s a sample statement that will allow your computer to copy the first drive to the second. Replace the drive names as necessary. In this example, sda is the source and sdb is the target:
sudo dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb
This process can take several hours. Do not turn your machine off until you see a report in your terminal that the process is complete. In my case, it took over 24 hours to copy a 1TB drive with a Mac Mini (Mid 2012)!
Example output when done:
1953525167+0 records in
1953525167+0 records out
1000204885504 bytes (1.0 TB, 932 GiB) copied, 102499 s, 9.8 MB/s
Did you ever want to transfer files from your old Commodore 1541/1571 drive between your computer and a real drive? Did you also want to use a real Commodore floppy drive with the VICE emulator? Me too! 😉 Both of these things are possible with the zoomfloppy device being offered by Retro Innovations. You can download basically anything you want from arnold.c64.org (or any other commodore software source) and transfer it right to your floppy device so it can be used on a real Commodore 64 or Vic 20.
This device is unlike other solutions that only worked with specially built cables and DOS. You simply plug a USB cable between your zoomfloppy and your computer and then the serial cable between the zoomfloppy and the floppy drive. Once the physical connections are made, you simply run the OpenCBM software to transfer files or backup disks.
Here’s how to install a zoomfloppy device to your Ubuntu computer.
I can confirm this install method (source) worked with a Raspberry Pi 4 using Raspbian Buster.
Compiles Vice and installs into /usr/local/bin. Initial launch reports a sound issue. If you go into settings (F12), there’s a sound configuration you can change to “Alsa”.
# get dependencies – this may take a long time and ~ 1.5 GB
sudo apt install autoconf automake build-essential byacc dos2unix flex libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libgtk2.0-cil-dev libgtkglext1-dev libmp3lame-dev libmpg123-dev libpcap-dev libpulse-dev libreadline-dev libswscale-dev libvte-dev libxaw7-dev subversion texi2html texinfo yasm libgtk3.0-cil-dev xa65 libsdl2-dev
mkdir -p src
svn checkout https://svn.code.sf.net/p/vice-emu/code/trunk trunk
sudo make install
If you want to redirect your web address from http to https, you will have to configure your server’s virtual host file.
Edit the virtualhost file to update the port 80 portion; replace “test.com” with your domain name:
I’m always looking at ways to play video games on Ubuntu Linux. This one is a doozy. With Playstation Now, you can play over 700 real PS2, PS3 and PS4 games on your Ubuntu computer. The technology uses streaming from remote server where the gaming console exists. Sony typically will give you a couple weeks as a free trial though the deals vary. I was able to take advantage of a Black Friday sale with one full year of PS Now for only $70. Fantastic deal.
Here’s how to install PS Now on Ubuntu:
First install wine if it’s not already installed. Wine is a Linux program that helps us run Windows programs on the Linux platform.
sudo apt install wine-stable
Next, download winetricks into your downloads folder.
Now we are going to install Lutris, which is a program that helps you install games and other apps on your Wine Windows installation.
sudo apt-get install lutris
Once you find Lutris in your application menu and launch it.
Now visit the Lutris website and launch the PS Now installer.
After you select ‘install’ you will see a Playstation Now icon in the Lutris application.
Here’s where I ran into trouble with this installation Mind you, I figured all this out by using directions cobbled together from many broken install methods I found on the web! When I tried to launch PS Now from Lutris, I was met with a message that said, “Vulkan is not installed” even though I installed it with winetricks (above).
Here’s the fix:
Right-click on the Playstation Now icon in Lutris.
Select the “runner options” tab.
Turn “Enable DXVK” off.
Save and relaunch. After poking on a couple dialog boxes, you should be good to go!