I am trying to make a complete backup of an HDD partition to /dev/sdd (100gb), but I want to only take the contained data (50gb).

I can't access the internal data in the HDD for putting zeros with dd because Linux will not recognize it. Neither can I see the partition (but I know that only one partition exists).

The objective is: to take data (50gb) without free space and take the tables and partition "form" because I want to clone it onto other HDD with a limit of 70GB, then it should be recognized by Xbox console

About my question: I've search in multiple forums but always uses the classic methods for cloning and surely I need advanced options for solved it

Add about CLONEZILLA: The clonezilla not works for me, because he can't recognized partitions of my hdd (maybe reason why is a xbox360 partition), therefore only can clone all partition..

How could I do it?

Thank you


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Clonezilla is the solution which does exactly what you want to achieve, backing up the used data space of partitions. Download Clonezilla Live and create a bootable DVD or USB media from the ISO file. Boot from the media and clone the content of the disk or a partition. I have created two presentations explaining how to do this : Create a partition backup with Clonezilla and Restore a partition backup with Clonezilla. Clonezilla lets you clone the used space of complete disks or of single partitions very reliably.

  • Are you sure bro? I have clonezilla in my usb, I go into try it, thank you!!
    – Milor123
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 17:43
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    @Milor123 : Yes, I am very sure ... I am using Clonezilla for years, a swiss army knife, it never let me down. For the part of cloning the content of a source disk to a smaller destination disk ... this might be useful -> drbl.org/faq/fine-print.php?path=./2_System/… ! :)
    – cl-netbox
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 17:52
  • Dude its not work for my, the clonezilla cant detect the partition of hdd (maybe because is a xbox360 partition), therefore only could clone all entire disk...
    – Milor123
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 20:03

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