How to clone Xtra-PC Linux

Platypus100

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Hi everyone,
sorry if this is a really dumb query but I just have no idea. basically I have this thing called an Xtra-PC. I think it’s a version of Linux or Ubuntu that runs from a usb stick and is meant to make your PC supposedly brand new (Please look it up for more info). I really want to make an ISO of it so I can send it to a friend for him to use. What’s the best way of making the ISO. When plugged in, the USB comes up with 4 partitions, 2 of which are inaccessible (images attached)

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jglen490

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I would keep the USB, and dump the Xtra-PC. Is it a scam? Depends on how much you paid for it! It cannot make your PC hardware suddenly turn new again. The hardware is what it is. You can install almost any reputable Linux or BSD and make that old hardware be useful again, but that's about it.

I wouldn't spend another moment on this.
 

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I would keep the USB, and dump the Xtra-PC. Is it a scam? Depends on how much you paid for it! It cannot make your PC hardware suddenly turn new again. The hardware is what it is. You can install almost any reputable Linux or BSD and make that old hardware be useful again, but that's about it.

I wouldn't spend another moment on this.
From Xtra-PC site
Xtra-PC is a flash drive stick that you insert into an available USB port on your PC. Built on the proven foundation of Linux, it bypasses the old, slow, bloated Windows operating system to make your PC into a blazing fast, high performance PC with a new, simple to use, operating system that has the familiar look and feel of your Windows PC. It even works with missing or faulty hard drives. Since it runs on a USB stick, your existing computer is not altered, and youʼll have access to all of your old files. You simply plug it in, restart your PC to boot into USB, and start using Xtra-PC!
Xtra-PC is easy to use and made for speed.
so the OP is kind of right and it is a Linux OS or something like that. Oh, and they sell it on amazon! https://www.xtra-pc.com/
 
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Vrai

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Well, it would appear that "Xtra-PC is a version of Linux and is released under the GNU General Public License, Mozilla Public License, Apache License, Version 2.0, and others. So apparently there should be no problem copying it. In that case;
Try Clonezilla
or
"dd"

either one should do the trick.

This answer is worth (pick one);
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Tolkem

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Oh, I wouldn't use and/or share that thing. From their privecy policy:
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Platypus100

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Well, it would appear that "Xtra-PC is a version of Linux and is released under the GNU General Public License, Mozilla Public License, Apache License, Version 2.0, and others. So apparently there should be no problem copying it. In that case;
Try Clonezilla
or
"dd"

either one should do the trick.

This answer is worth (pick one);
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I tried clonezilla but it doesn’t seem to work. How would I go about doing dd? The screen looks like this.
Thanks again
 

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Platypus100

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I would keep the USB, and dump the Xtra-PC. Is it a scam? Depends on how much you paid for it! It cannot make your PC hardware suddenly turn new again. The hardware is what it is. You can install almost any reputable Linux or BSD and make that old hardware be useful again, but that's about it.

I wouldn't spend another moment on this.
Luckily I didn’t buy it since it was given to me. But it seems like a really simple and quick OS for my elderly friend and I want to send it to them (I know there are other versions of Linux but I really want this one)
 

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Pure, unadulterated, BS. I would not push that junk on an enemy, much less a friend. It assumes that somehow the user, or every user, has allowed their Windows system to become a bloated, ugly mess. It does happen, but it can happen with a Linux or BSD installation, too.

If you want to give your friend a good Linux, pick a well supported, well known distro - download it, burn it to a USB, pass it on.
 

Platypus100

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Pure, unadulterated, BS. I would not push that junk on an enemy, much less a friend. It assumes that somehow the user, or every user, has allowed their Windows system to become a bloated, ugly mess. It does happen, but it can happen with a Linux or BSD installation, too.

If you want to give your friend a good Linux, pick a well supported, well known distro - download it, burn it to a USB, pass it on.
Thanks for your reply.
I’m fully aware of the many other Linux versions available however the point of this thread was to find out a way of cloning the one I currently have and theses types of replies aren’t very helpful for my problem. It’s like me asking for a cookie recipe but you saying that you don’t like cookies so don’t bother
 

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Greetings Platypus, and welcome;

I won't be telling you how to clone or make an iso of your xtraPC but would ask you to take a look at the attached post on the forum. It is a description of how to get a Linux Memory Stick to work on a Windows 10 computer. Believe me, it is not an easy thing to do. The xtraPC website makes it sound so easy, but I would guarantee that unless your friend is computer savvy, your friend very likely would not be able to make it work.
This post is one that I wrote for a man from England a short while ago. I think it is worth your time to read. Stage 2 is where all the difficulty of using the stick on Win 10 is explained, and how complicated it is.


Once again, welcome!
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Tango Charlie
 

Vrai

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I tried clonezilla but it doesn’t seem to work. How would I go about doing dd? The screen looks like this.
Sorry! My bad :/ I had assumed you would be doing this from within Linux and just realized you are probably trying to clone the USB from within Windows. Which operating system are you using to clone the USB?

I rarely use Windows anymore so am getting a little 'rusty' but from within Windows the EaseUS ToDo Backup should do the job. There are probably other tools which will work also that's just the first one I thought of. I believe they offer a 'free' download.

If you are trying to do this from within Linux;
https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-copy-clone-usb-stick-including-partitions/

CAUTION! Be very, very careful when using the 'dd' command and make absolutely SURE which disk you are writing to! 'dd' will overwrite whatever disk you tell it to - perhaps without warning.
 

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I always use this free utility. It copies the data from one hard drive or flash disk to another at the very bottom level. So it copies all the partitions including the efi perfectly. I have used it for all types of OS


Hope this helps
 

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CAUTION! Be very, very careful when using the 'dd' command and make absolutely SURE which disk you are writing to! 'dd' will overwrite whatever disk you tell it to - perhaps without warning.
Xtra-PC looks proprietary. Maybe that's the problem, if dd does not work!
 

jglen490

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Thanks for your reply.
I’m fully aware of the many other Linux versions available however the point of this thread was to find out a way of cloning the one I currently have and theses types of replies aren’t very helpful for my problem. It’s like me asking for a cookie recipe but you saying that you don’t like cookies so don’t bother
Actually, it's more like those cookies are full of unhealthy crap, and the baker is hiding that fact from you. Linux is open source, nothing to hide. But, it's your choice, and dd on the command line will copy anything to anywhere bit for bit. Just be careful or the wrong drive will get a bucket full of bits.
 

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according to the video on the Xtra-PC website (https://www.xtra-pc.com/user-guide-2/xtrapc-settings/system-information) it is a fairly standard Ubuntu 18.04LTS.

So it should be possible to clone the USB stick via dd or windows tools as mentioned several times above. Especially post #14 gives links how to do that.
Be careful to find aout the right source and destination device and don't clone it, when running Linux from that device, there is a good chance that the clone is not bootable in this case.
 
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