Thanks for sharing your technique
I would rather backup the endire drive with dd just like you did, but I dont wont my image file to be in Gb(s) ... especialy if I only wont to store an image of a fresh install and just that one partition.
What I'm getting at here is this (when restoring a win2k partition with fat32), and using linux only:
- create a new fat32 partition, and format it - done
- restore all system files simply by untaring them - done
- recreate the boot record, so that this partition is bootable, without the use of win2k console command fixboot - how?
Here's the description of the M$ fixboot command "Fixboot writes a new boot sector that makes the drive bootable"
As a linux replacement command to "fixboot C:", I found "dd if=boot_sector_backup bs=512 count=1 of=/dev/hda1"
Will dd'ing that boot sector on a partition of the same size but on a different drive, or the same drive but a differnet physical location still work?