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Old 07-22-2010, 05:35 PM   #1
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Question Ping Linux unable to restore backup on NTFS partition


I used Ping Linux 8 months ago to create a ghost-like image of my primary partition. (Windows 7 on NTFS) The image is on the second partition of my hard drive (Western Digital 250 gig)

I need to restore now, but Ping is unable to mount the volume. In fact, it will not mount any volume or perform any new backup.

I made sure nothing has changed in Bios options since I created the backup.

Does this imply that is not the appropriate tool to work on NTFS system?
 
Old 07-22-2010, 06:38 PM   #2
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If you have created a ghost-like image which should be bootable then it is a binary file from a sector-to-sector copying process.

Such a file must be restored using the original program on the original partition so that the number of sectors matches exactly.

The ghost-image file cannot be restored on a mounted partition as the copying process is done at a hardware level with the controller. It should be restored directly on the block device like /dev/sda1.

As the information is a binary pattern of "1" or "0" there is no filing type involved.

Say if you have created the image called my_image from command
Code:
dd if=/dev/sda1 of=my_image
then to restore it would be to reverse the destinations of the input file (if) and the output file (of).
Code:
dd if=my_image of=/dev/sda1

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Old 07-22-2010, 07:39 PM   #3
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Ping should have been able to copy ntfs. I know Windows 7 has a newer version of ntfs. You should be able to view the file in that directory with any live cd. Not sure partimage is using dd. It also may have been compressed. http://www.partimage.org/Partimage-F...d_copy_with_DD

The issue of mounting may be some other deal. Most times backup apps do not mount the drive they are working on but I have not used ping. I have considered it though.

Might look at this. http://www.ntsysv.com/index.php/vide...stem-with-ping

I can't see this but tell me if it helps any. www.youtube.com/watch?v=en5WUbVDbL0


Might be able to return it with other tools but ping should have worked. See gparted or other partimge distros. They may work.

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Old 07-23-2010, 08:44 AM   #4
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Thank you for answering me.

In fact, I used only the GUI interface (no command lines, which I do not master at all) to create the image.

The link to the Youtube video corresponds exactly to what I did the first time. No hassle, everything went perfect.

I still don't understand why it reacts differently 8 months later. It sees the 2 partitions and then refuses to mount any of them, whether I try to make a restoration or start a new backup.

Since I did not modify anything in the Bios, I can't see what makes the program react differently !
 
Old 07-23-2010, 03:33 PM   #5
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Try another gparted or partimage distro to see if you can recover it.

I just have never used ping but looked at it to be used for pxe on old systems. It is file based and I can't use that.
 
  


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