XP Backup/Restore from Linux failed - Help please!!!
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I'm a newbie and don't know much (if anything), but I do recall reading about setting up boot.ini for a multiple boot system. If you want to run Linux in multi-boot, the advice was to keep W OS on the first drive or partition, and to boot to Linux from there. It was easy, too.
Specific lines to put into the boot.ini were included in that post (I believe it was on LinuxForums.org). Of course, you cannot get W OS to recognize the Linux partitions, nor will it obligingly update boot.ini for you, but it's apparently very easy for you to edit boot.ini to fix the problem. If you can't find the post to which I refer with a search for something like 'dual boot,' holler back here and I'll see if I can find it. I'm fairly sure I saw this information more than once (in more than one post), so I expect it's correct.
By doing 'dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1' will erase the boot sector. Before using dd, I recommend using sfdisk to make a backup of the partition table on /dev/hdb and /dev/hda. Then save the output to one of the hda partitions or just save to a floppy or any removable mediums. If I not mistaken nftsclone can only do the same capacity. Since hdb1 is not the same, you are screwd. I think you actually hosed both hard drives when using dd. In order to get the data back, you need to send it to a data recovery service and have them detect the old magnetic field before zeroing the entire drive.
I suggest using Norton Ghost. It makes it a lot easier to clone a disk or a partition. I do not think Ghost for Linux can do it. Next time be careful using dd while including /dev/zero device and double check the syntax before hitting enter. I recommend plan what you are going to do. Planning always takes less time than fixing a mess.
ntfsclone piped to gzip allowed me to take 3GB of used space from my 10GB partition and compress it down to 1.8GB
I recently ruined my partition table using diskdrake with an old kernel and had to send my machine to a recovery service, they couldn't get anything back after 3 days so I took it back, paid $70 for a package called iRecover which returned 3,300 out of 3,500 files.