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backup – How can I image an iBook G4 drive?

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I have an iBook G4 (identified as a PowerBook6,7 with 1GB of RAM) with Japanese OS. I want to make a backup of it.

I downloaded an old Ubuntu 6 ISO and booted it. First problem is that the battery is dead, so the clock resets to 1980, and on booting most of the apps crash. After quitting them all and opening a terminal, I tried to image the drive with the following command:

sudo dd if=/dev/hda conv=sync,noerror bs=128k | split -b 2000m - /media/usbdrive/image.dd.

I was able to make backup images to a FAT32 formatted USB stick, but there is always filesystem corruption. I tried two different sticks and an SSD, all failed with the same issue. I have one complete image but I don’t know if it’s good or corrupt.

In an attempt to determine if it was good, I used md5sum with dd. The value from dd if=/dev/hda conv=sync,noerror bs=128k | md5sum was different to all the images I made, corrupt or otherwise.

I tried Lubuntu 16.04, but it won’t boot. It gets to the desktop and hangs. Is Ubuntu Server 16.04 worth trying?

​Is there some free Mac software that can do this? Basically I just need to create a drive image that I can restore later if needs be. I don’t want to take the drive out because it’s a real pain on these iBooks. Bonus points if the imaging solution can show a progress bar.

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