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Old 08-10-2008, 05:35 PM   #1
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Create a mountable disk image of Windows partition

Hi all,
I'm in the process of installing Windoze (again) on my wife's computer. I typically use gparted as my boot disk and clean/wipe parititons. I'm paranoid of forgetting to copy something important from her drive before I reformat it, so I'd like to take a disk image. I know this can normally be accomplished with "partimage" as described here.

However, it seems that this image is not mountable. I will be putting it on an external WD USB Passport drive to keep as a backup for a couple of months. If I've missed something that's not recoverable from her nightly backup, then I want to mount the drive image and pull data off of it. Does anyone know of any *nix utilities that will do this?

Old 08-10-2008, 06:47 PM   #2
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I haven't used that tool. I usualy just use dd like this:
dd if=/dev/hda1 of=hda1.img bs=512
then mount it like this:
mount -o loop hda1.img /mnt/windoze/
you'll have to change a few things around to make that work for you but, you get the idea.
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This thread has been around for a while but is a good DD tutor.
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Make sure that you don't save the image on a fat32 formatted external drive. It has a limit of 4GB filesize and the image will probably be larger.


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