The goal--take the good vaio, plug into a network, plug a "bad" vaio into the network, nsf mount one vaio to the other, clone (via dd?)
Make a USB stick to boot the vaio
Why: Can't dd from a mounted/running drive (or not a good idea to do so at least)
I am working on the Air, with a vmware installation of Ubuntu (8.x something, I think.)
I have an iso image of ubuntu-9.04-desktop (copied to my desktop on ubuntu/vmware..) and I have a Corsair USB "mini-thumb" stick (16GB). I threw it in under ubuntu, and it is /dev/sdb1.
I'm following the page at http://www.debuntu.org/how-to-install-ubuntu-linux-on-usb-bar
but once I got the partitioning done, I just did
dd if=Desktop/ubuntu_img.iso of=/dev/sdb