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joboy 09-29-2011 09:23 AM

Image backup with PartedMagic
Hi there,

Before I mess up my newly bought notebook to install multi boot, I decided to backup the whole disk with Pmagic, could someone walk me thru' the proper procedure in Pmagic ? what I am trying to do is simple, I just want to backup the whole disk into an image on an USB disk, so that I could restore it back at later time, and my notebook will then run as new. I should have asked in the Pmagic forum, but I always get quick and detailed response here, thanks guys !

MrUmunhum 09-29-2011 06:45 PM

I would boot a Gparted Live CD. Mount your USB backup. and then 'DD' or 'cp' the image to the USB disk.
After you verify the backup, repartion your source disk.

Make sure your USB disk is a good quality, otherwise you may have trouble copy multipile files.

jefro 09-29-2011 07:13 PM

If you have the partedmagic live cd the it should be pretty easy to make a copy of the drive. Remember that a drive is a collection of one or more partitions. partedmagic should include clonezilla.

Many of these products also have a way to create recovery disks. Be sure to see if you can create them also.

faginbagin 09-30-2011 12:17 AM

I use ntfsclone to make backups of NTFS file systems. If it's FAT or FAT32, then dd is the only real choice, but these days, I'll bet any new windows 7 computer will only have NTFS partitions. I don't know if ntfsclone is included on PartedMagic. I use a Ubuntu Live CD or a USB stick containing Ubuntu to make backups of windows computers that aren't yet multiboot. Ntfsclone is part of a suite of NTFS tools called ntfsprogs.

I also suggest backing up the master boot record using dd before you switch to multiboot. You might need it if you want to reinstall windows to the original factory condition.


joboy 09-30-2011 10:34 AM

Thanks guys, I use PM to do a disk to image backup of the notebook, it created a folder with lot of img files (spanning in 2G each), all verified after backup without error, it does not complain about NTFS backup so I assume it is fully supported in this version (PM 6.6). Btw I gave up the Win7 backup method, as it take centuries to create the DVDs, but PM took couple hours to backup the 320G via USB 3.0 which is quite reasonable. Btw I don't know why the Lenovo F11 system recovery option is no longer included, it is the best way to recovery the whole thing.

I think I got an USB 2.0 instead.

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