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Old 07-15-2005, 01:37 PM   #1
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For some strange reason when I used partimage to backup my entire linux partition which is roughly 20 GB big it compressed to 12mb. Is this normal it doesn't sound right to GB. Am sure it's the right partition because it asked me to do umount /boot before it would work properly and it's the only ext3 partition on my HDD.

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Old 07-15-2005, 01:43 PM   #2
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No, I'm sure that's not normal at all. Maybe try it again or try a different backup program.
 
Old 07-15-2005, 05:06 PM   #3
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please name any other alternatives
 
Old 07-17-2005, 04:11 AM   #4
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The documentation on http://www.partimage.org/ says that partimage does not copy free blocks.

For a full filesystem dump, use dd.
 
Old 07-17-2005, 05:58 AM   #5
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I know it doesn't it aint that though
 
Old 07-17-2005, 05:44 PM   #6
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Maybe the image is compressed?
 
Old 07-17-2005, 06:06 PM   #7
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I've only once tried partimage and that compressed the image with gzip.
There was also possibility to use bzip2, but it said that it takes much longer time and there is problem to restore MBR from image (if it's included).
I tested it to XP(ntfs) partition about 5GB and the image size was 3GB or something like that.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 08:59 AM   #8
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While 12MB does not really seem reasonable, try restoring the image to another partition and see what you get.

It's possible you may have some pre-allocated file space that has not been used yet.

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