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Bradless 08-16-2004 06:28 PM

making a ISO of my hard disk
 
I have Suse 9.0 installed this is a minimal install without all the bells and whistles meaning no GUI I have trimmed this install down to like 284MB now I want to make an ISO of this installation so far I have failed to be able to do this with ghost or drive image because of the non-support of the reiserfs. Anyone have a suggestion of a program that might help thanks in advance

kilgoretrout 08-16-2004 06:59 PM

If you just want to image the partition take a look at partimage, in particular the System Rescue CD:

http://www.sysresccd.org/

You can't have the partition you want to image mounted with partimage which is why you need a bootable cd. You can also use knoppix which includes partimage. This stuff is all free by the way.

r_jensen11 08-16-2004 09:03 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by kilgoretrout
If you just want to image the partition take a look at partimage, in particular the System Rescue CD:

http://www.sysresccd.org/

You can't have the partition you want to image mounted with partimage which is why you need a bootable cd. You can also use knoppix which includes partimage. This stuff is all free by the way.

I'm against System Rescue's cd. It got my ReiserFS partitions all corrupted when I tried to change their sizes (Had 1 big one, wanted to split it into 2). What I would do is just look for documenation on cdrdao and cdrecord. Sorry I can't be much more help on the subject, but those are the two tools K3B uses to burn CD's. K3B is basically a GUI frontend for cdrdao and cdrecord. Also read up on the documentation for mkisofs. mkisofs lets you create iso files, where cdrdao and cdrecord are burning software, you'll just have to figure out which one to use.

kilgoretrout 08-16-2004 09:21 PM

Partimage didn't screw up your partitions because it doesn't resize your partitions. The System Rescue CD has many programs on it, one of which happens to be partimage. Another of which happens to be qtparted, a graphical partition magic clone. Qtparted is included on many linux distros, not just SysRescueCD and is an independent project; it's also been known to cause problems when resizing reiserfs partitions.
Please get your facts straight. There's nothing wrong with partimage and it can be safely used. It's the most common partition imaging utility in linux. If you don't want to use it off of SysRescue Cd, partimage is also on knoppix and can be run from there after booting up from a knoppix cd.

r_jensen11 08-16-2004 09:24 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by kilgoretrout
Partimage didn't screw up your partitions because it doesn't resize your partitions. The System Rescue CD has many programs on it, one of which happens to be partimage. Another of which happens to be qtparted, a graphical partition magic clone. Qtparted is included on many linux distros, not just SysRescueCD and is an independent project; it's also been known to cause problems when resizing reiserfs partitions.
Please get your facts straight. There's nothing wrong with partimage and it can be safely used. It's the most common partition imaging utility in linux. If you don't want to use it off of SysRescue Cd, partimage is also on knoppix and can be run from there after booting up from a knoppix cd.

Sorry mate, I'll take back my comments about SystemRescue's CD. But still, for what the guy stated his uses, it would be unnecessary. All he needs to do is make an iso image of his setup, maybe even tarball it if he wants to store it somewhere other than a CD (Possibly a USB key, since those things can have pretty large storage these days)

kilgoretrout 08-16-2004 10:26 PM

Heck, if he just wants a backup, he can boot into knoppix and copy the entire 248MB to a cd-r in k3b and burn it. Why bother making an iso? Seems like a needless step.

bruno buys 08-16-2004 10:32 PM

Resizing partitions have always been a high risk operation. Softwares that do this always warn the user and output a "Do at your own risk" message. So, you did it, friend.
As far as I know, sysrescue is one of the more solid and useful livecd's I ever saw. I'm quite a fan of it.

Regarding the thread starter, an iso image of the partition can save a mbr, also. A tarball won't.
The dd command can be used to do that, provided he has enough space.
If I recall well, its
dd if=/dev/hdX of=/mnt/hdY

where X is the partition to be backed up and Y is the place to save it.

dd would save a mbr also.

r_jensen11 08-16-2004 10:52 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by bruno buys
Resizing partitions have always been a high risk operation. Softwares that do this always warn the user and output a "Do at your own risk" message. So, you did it, friend.
As far as I know, sysrescue is one of the more solid and useful livecd's I ever saw. I'm quite a fan of it.

Regarding the thread starter, an iso image of the partition can save a mbr, also. A tarball won't.
The dd command can be used to do that, provided he has enough space.
If I recall well, its
dd if=/dev/hdX of=/mnt/hdY

where X is the partition to be backed up and Y is the place to save it.

dd would save a mbr also.

Yep, well, fortunately I had backed up my /home and my /usr/local folders beforehand and re-installing was a piece of cake. Unfortunately, though, QTParted doesn't have the stability for ReiserFS that Partition Magic has for NTFS....

bruno buys 08-17-2004 07:13 AM

Yeah, pmagic is really good. I resized ntfs's sometimes. Never had a single problem.

Bradless 08-17-2004 12:40 PM

Thank you for all the great info I had used the rescue CD did not like the format it put the image into I was able to find anoth program will fit onto a floppy or CD your choice g4U -Harddisk Image clonning for PC's doesnt seem to care what FS you use has a limited use though as you need a FTP server to copy your image to..

Thanks again

LinuxLala 08-17-2004 12:46 PM

This thread proved useful to me in more ways than I thought possible :) I had some of my facts wrong and well this thread put them right.

Thanks.


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