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vedang 03-07-2008 03:00 AM

Need to save partition table

I want to save partition tabale to a file and i do not want to use sfdisk command. Can i do it with fdisk or parted command?
Or is there any other way of storing partition table to a file?

DiWi 03-07-2008 03:51 AM

Do you need it for documentation purpose or just for the case ;)

Use dd for backup


vedang 03-07-2008 06:11 AM

Need to save partition table
I do not need it for documentation purpose and not just for a cause.

I have made a script regarding restore and backup. My script backs up partition images and restores to a new hdd. After writing to a cd it will become a bootable cd, for which I do not want to use sfdisk and only want to use fdisk and parted commands.

Please help me.

syg00 03-07-2008 06:25 AM

Sounds like homework.
Bad strategy regardless.

Uncle_Theodore 03-07-2008 06:29 AM

dd if=/dev/hda of=<filename> bs=512 count=1

The partition table is in the last 66 bytes of the MBR.

pixellany 03-07-2008 06:44 AM

The galloping nitpicker strikes......;)

You might need /dev/sda instead of /dev/hda

The partition table is 64 bytes--the last 2 bytes is a "signature"

Do you have more than 4 partitions? If so, you need the partition boot sectors as well. You can have you script detect if there is an extended partition (by using fdisk or by parsing the primary partition table directly)

vedang 03-10-2008 05:07 AM

Reply to syg00
Reply for syg00 from vedang,

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