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Partition Image is an imaging tool that works in Linux.




I have not tried it yet, but understand the following:

  • PI cannot create partitions while restoring an image (Norton Ghost can) -- see second resource below

  • There are boot / 2 root and cd boot sets available -- I haven't tried them yet, not sure how a 2 root set will work -- are you prompted for the second (third) floppy?


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  • (rhk) The Partimage Backup Page; ; - a FAQ, "This page has been produced to assist you with a backup strategy using Partimage"

  • (rhk) The Partimage FAQ; François Dupoux and Franck Ladurelle; - here is the limitation I mentioned above:

1.1 If I make an image file of a partition, can I restore it to an unpartitioned hard disk ?

The current version can only read/write from/to a partition. Partimage doesn't use the partition table at all. (The Linux kernel reads it, and Partimage can directly use hda1, hda2, ...). But I'd like to implement this in the future, to allow users to select partition to save/restore from a list (with name, size, filesys, usage, ...), and Partimage would be able to create the partition if needed at restore, or resize it...

5.1 Any hope of a browser like utility to allow restoring individual files from the archives? Like Ghost Explorer?

Sorry, Partition Image is not a high level program, like Ghost. Ghost makes a file copy, and we obtain a file in a tar.gz archive, with other details (such as the boot sector). But PI works at a low level, as Drive Image: it copies used blocks of the disk. So, it doesn't know where files are written, and cannot allow to see files in the image without restoring. But maybe it will become possible in future vesrions.

The piping through gzip that I wanted to find again:

5.10 What does partimage give you over the following: clear the free blocks with DD, and copy with DD (dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/filetmp ; rm /mnt/filetmp ; dd if=/dev/xxx | gzip > image_file.gz)?"


  • () RandyKramer - 10 Mar 2003
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