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Old 09-02-2009, 08:26 AM   #1
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imageparted - force restore

This is odd and I am wondering if there is a force restore option you can pass somehow. We have a bunch of small ebox machines that run a custom Damn Small Linux distribution with a bunch of custom apps. Well they use a tiny 512MN 44pin Embed hard disk and I have been using the linux self bootable 'system restore cd' with a USB device to simple move the image of the distro over, restart and done.

For some reason when I mount the USB device, run imageparted, select that image I am getting the following;
The partition is too small to be restored;
Original Partition Size: 512451072
Destination Partition Size: 509935104

Now these embed disks are all the same, so I am not sure on the problem, but imageparted is all basic menu based, so is there a way to either;
1. command line restore the image with a force or something, most of the space is blank which is why once i can get a running version of the box I can use clonezilla as I am happy with that app more, but don't have any more local machines running as they are all mailed out to customers!

or 2. Extract the .000 image somehow as I can get a clean DSL install working on that box, then simply overwrite the / partition which might work.

Old 09-30-2009, 12:38 PM   #2
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I am unfamiliar with imageparted, though I know parted and gparted pretty well. BUT, as far as getting the image out and shrunken, you might want to try using dd to extract the image to a partition/file structure, then copy the files to a proper-sized partition and dd that back into an image file.


(NOTE: You might have to reset the bootloader after you copy it to the smaller partition.)

Last edited by ShadowCat8; 09-30-2009 at 12:49 PM. Reason: Added a note


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