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Old 06-11-2009, 10:15 AM   #1
vaibhavs
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Disk Image Application


Hi,

Pls suggest me a very "simple" CD / USB bootable based software which can create an image of my HDD (FC9) -- ONLY USED SECTORS.

I use Acronis for creating a windows image. Its a very simple and easy software. Just insert Acronis bootable CD/USB, select Windows partitions or FULL HDD, click next-next-next and it will create a .tib file for you where ever you want.

Is there a similar tool for Linux too ??
(Acronis for Linux is damn expensive.)

I have read about `dd` / PartImage / `cat`, but they seem complicated to me. A very simple application will be of great help.

I am using g4l, but it does a sector-by-sector copy HDD to HDD.
I have only used 24GB of my 160 GB disc. Hence a sector-by-sector image is not a good option.

I just want a directly restorable image file of the used sectors.

I hope I have been able to explain well.

I look forward to suggestions from members.

Thx
Vai

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Old 06-11-2009, 11:16 AM   #2
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Partimage Live CD or Clonezilla Live CD would be my choices.
 
Old 06-11-2009, 11:52 AM   #3
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CloneZilla is wat you need.
Works very good, even with Windows partitions and disks.

http://www.clonezilla.org/
 
Old 06-11-2009, 12:02 PM   #4
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@farslayer, @vanstra,
Thx for your inputs.
I am looking at CloneZilla and I believe this is indeed what I need.


Just some quick questions pls:
Does CloneZilla detect a USB pendrive to backup the image ?
I would like to save the Device Image to a locally connected 16GB pen drive.
Then I can connect the same pen drive to another PC and restore it there.

"device-image" means the image of the whole HDD right?

Is it sector-by-sector or only the data with compressions ?
I have a 160 GB SATA with 24 GB of data only

Thx for your help!
Vai
 
Old 06-11-2009, 02:16 PM   #5
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Clonezilla does all that and more.

Disk, partition, Data only, bit-for-bit. a whole variety of cloning methods.
Should be able to clone to a USB drive, Network share, or another Hard drive.
More options than you can shake a stick at.

Here is the step-by-step on making a backup of a 40 GB hard drive onto an external USB drive
http://goinglinux.com/articles/ClonezillaLive.html
 
Old 06-11-2009, 02:23 PM   #6
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Excellent step-by-step instructions!
I will try this tomorrow and post my experience.

Thx again.
Vai
 
  


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