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Old 07-24-2004, 10:30 AM   #1
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Backup whole hard drive solution


Howdy?I have the following question and want to find out the solution. Please help.

Background:
Firstly,I would like to introduce my hard drive partition.

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Hda0 DellUtilities 30MB
Hda1 NTFS=Windows XP 15GB
Hda2 FAT32 2GB
Hda3 FAT32 Extended
Hda5 FAT32 2GB
Hda6 FAT32 2.5GB
Hda7 EXT3 8GB
Hda8 SWAP 512MB
Today,I nearly killed my hard drive by using Ghost 2003 under Windows XP.After I rebooted,Ghost performed a whole disk backup.However,it was unsuccessful and said "No boot Operating System".I figured it out that Ghost created a Virtual partition to perform backup.The whole hard disk name were changed.So I can't get my GRUB back before I saved it in rescue mode.

Questions:
1.I would like to perform a whole disk backup before I have such a terrible nightmare when I perform backup.Other than Norton Ghost 2003,can I use Mondo to accomplish this?

2.If I want to change Hda6 to disk format EXT3,can I do it under Linux using fdisk?Any risk to my system?Under Windows XP,I have done it with Partition Magic but it complained there are some errors.What can I do?

Do you have any suggestion?Because I found it very dangerous to play with the partition table.....This few days I have been into the situation that I went to rescue mode and save my grub again and again.

Last edited by Swift&Smart; 07-24-2004 at 10:32 AM.
 
Old 07-24-2004, 11:05 AM   #2
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"1.I would like to perform a whole disk backup before I have such a terrible nightmare when I perform backup.Other than Norton Ghost 2003,can I use Mondo to accomplish this?"

Yes. Mondo is a good backup system. I do not know if it can handle Windows file systems. You may have to use Mondo for Linux and some Windows backup system for Windows.

"2.If I want to change Hda6 to disk format EXT3,can I do it under Linux using fdisk?Any risk to my system?Under Windows XP,I have done it with Partition Magic but it complained there are some errors.What can I do?"

You do not use fdisk to format partitions. First make sure that the partition is umounted. Then format it with mkfs:
umount /dev/hda6
mkfs -t ext3 /dev/hda6

See:
man mkfs

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