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Old 09-08-2003, 01:55 PM   #1
BalaclavaBoB
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Question create windows image from within linux


Hello,

I would like to create a backup of my current windows install by using my linux distro as the mirroring tool.

I was told that I could just tar and gunzip up a copy of my windows partition and then I could just extract it back whenever I needed it.

The problem is my windows install is 6gb and I only have 1.5gb free on my linux partition (only have a 15gb hdd in this machine)

Is it possible to create a tar file of my windows folder but break it up into 700mb (cd burnable) chunks.

ie: tar create 'file1.tar.gz' which is the first 700mb of windows partition, then a new file 'file2.tar.gz' with the next 700mb.
If this is possible how would I go about extracting it? What happens if a file is cut in half between 2 tar files? How do you then extract it?

Is there a better tool which could do this for me, I was pointed towards afio and rar, but I had little success with these.

Thanks.
 
Old 09-08-2003, 02:09 PM   #2
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Take a look at this project:
http://mkcdrec.sourceforge.net/
 
Old 09-08-2003, 02:16 PM   #3
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for splitting a file use the split command explanation of usage here

http://docs.mandragor.org/files/Oper...11.html#IDX682

however with your limited hard drive space it looks like you would need to copy over only enuf to make 1 cd image at a time. does you windows partition have 6GB of data or is the partition just that large if less data how much data are we talking?
 
Old 09-08-2003, 02:19 PM   #4
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david_ross:

nice tool thanks for the link
 
Old 09-08-2003, 06:26 PM   #5
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david_rose: I'll look at the link, Thanks.
grym: I am talking about 6gb with all my applications I need installed. That is the reason for this backup, so that if a problem occurs and can just copy my image back from cd and be working again in a much shorter period (short than if I had to reinstall and setup everything) Thanks.
 
Old 09-08-2003, 07:20 PM   #6
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Then you should take a look at the tool david_ross mentioned it looks like it might be the easiest solution for you
 
  


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