Monthly Archives: February 2013

Clone your hard drives with XXClone!

Hello everyone!

During this weekend, I suddenly wanted to replace my HP DV9000′s old 150Gb HDD by a brand new Scorpio Blue 640Gb hard drive from Western Digital. But here is the problem: how could I move all the content from my actual hard drive to the new on, including of course the operating system without having to reinstall Windows/Linux? I just had to clone it!

Hard drive cloning with XXClone

Hard drive cloning with XXClone

To get this job done, I used a little piece of software called XXClone, as written in the post’s title, it allows you to do a complete carbon copy of a hard drive to a second one. It means of course that all the content of the drive is cloned, including document, softwares and of course, the operating system. It can even transfer the “bootable” characteristic from one disk to another… And, the last but not least, this is a freeware!

Software’s graphical interface is pretty easy to handle and asks on the home screen for your source hard drive and your “target” hard drive, if you search a little bit in the “Cool Tools” tab, you’ll find the option which can transfer the bootable characteristic from the source drive to the target one. In my case, cloning my hard drive took me approximately 3 hours (for something like 140Gb of data) and I’ve been obliged to restore the MBR on my target HDD, I think I’ve done something wrong, certainly ticking a case that I wasn’t supposed to tick.

Anyway, this software does its job, and it does it pretty well, maybe it is not as powerful as Norton Ghost but it works for simple taks and, over all, for free. Please notice that beyond simple cloning, the software can be used to do some incremental backup. I think that this software and a storage server working together could do the same job as cron & rsync on Linux. :)

XXClone is available for free here but a paid “pro” version also exists, to enable servers support, HyperSync (to get a super-fast cloning), auto-shutdown and lots of other cool options.

 

Online-mode boolean sets itself back to true on every Bukkit startup? Here’s a solution.

Hi there,

During this week-end, I had the idea of going again into setting up a multiplayer Minecraft server with Bukkit.
So, I download the latest CraftBukkit build, everything is all right, I write my run.bat script to launch my .jar file and I input Java’s executable path in my PATH environment variable. As usual.
But, because there’s a but, I’ve got a pretty big issue with my server. On every startup, the “online-mode” boolean in the server.properties file came back to “true”! Of course, I haven’t bought the game yet (shame on me, I know), but this parameter allows me to enable or not the user account checking on Minecraft.net, in other words, it allows cracked versions to log in on the server.
I’ve got a solution to this problem, you just have to edit your Batch script which should look like this:

@echo off
java -Xms1024M -Xmx1024M -jar craftbukkit.jar -o true
PAUSE

… and to change “- o true” into “-o false”, which should give you this final result:

@echo off
java -Xms1024M -Xmx1024M -jar craftbukkit.jar -o false
PAUSE

And that’s all! Restart your Bukkit server and normally the offline mode warning message is displayed, your server is now allowing cracked Minecraft versions! :)

Online-mode warning message on Bukkit

Online-mode warning message on Bukkit