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Old 01-14-2009, 10:56 PM   #1
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Question Help with partimage command line....please

Hello and thank you in advance for your help and advise.

Here is my situation, I've been using Linux for a while mostly Fedora and Ubuntu but the majority of it has been GUI based when it come to command line I have to look everything up. I just can't seem to find what I'm looking for when it comes to Partimage. Basically what i need to do is back up a windows XP partition to an image on the same hard drive in a second partition, I would like that partition to be ext3, so that windows being the blind OS that it is, it won't see it. I'm doing this for friends and family that are really not very computer literate, so they can have a restore partition. I want to make this as simple as possible ideally i would like it to start from a CD or a USB Drive and automatically restore the Install of XP I just don't know the format or the other things I need to do first such as how to mount drives and so on with command line. I have successfully created the partition and even was able to make the image using the sort of GUI that partimage has. On a side note if you could also tell me how to stop partimage from splitting the image into 690MB files that would be nice too, but not a necessity. Anyway the problem I'm running into is that the GUI asks to many questions that the people I'm doing this for won't know the answers to. So I need to find a way to use command line and basically take the need for user input out of the equation. Also I would love to hear suggestions on which distro I should use for this as I'm sure that Fedora and Ubuntu which are very graphical are not really suited for this situation. Thank you very much for any help and please remember I'm a Linux Idiot so please be kind and very very
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Here is a full tutorial, including the switch to change the file sizes of the images:
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I have used PING (Part image is not Ghost)..You can google it and it works from a bootable cd and will create an image to another partition or even over a network..
There is also a forum on how to use it but I can't remember what it is..
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Thanks for the link that has helped a lot the one thing that they don't cover there and that is really important the need for the use to not input anything at least on the restore part of the process, from What i can tell I need to use the -B command but can't seem to get is the context of what goes with that and can't really seem to find any examples of it. From what i gather there is really nothing else that goes with the -b command but the -B command as to be followed with more information. Any other ideas would be great.


Thanks for the info on PING. I've looked at PING and have went to the forums but they really don't cover command line stuff there either as it still is using partimage just with a bit of a front end. I do think I will use the PING boot disk for my setup but still need examples of the -B command I think.

Thanks again for any help.
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Have you read the man page?

If not, perhaps you should try it & then post specific Q's about the items you don't understand.

For those who need them:
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The partimage wiki is another good reference.
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Mmmm - imaging is (generally) an ugly option. Imaging NTFS is just a can of worms.
If this indeed is NTFS, I'd suggest you looks at ntfsclone from the ntfsprogs people. At least they (seem to) understand the filesystem involved.
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Another possibility is clonezilla.


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