[Novalug] Imaging Laptop Tool
igor_birman at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 13 16:24:16 EDT 2008
I am not sure if I understand your question - you would like to copy your partition directly to a DVD, then take out the old drive, install a new one, and copy the partition back from the DVD? Wouldn't it be easier to install the new drive in your machine alongside the old one and copy the data directly? If you are upgrading a laptop, you could connect the new drive by using an external usb enclosure - you can buy them for as little as $10...
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From: "twigboy2 at gmail.com" <twigboy2 at gmail.com>
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Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2008 10:31:28 AM
Subject: Re: [Novalug] Imaging Laptop Tool
> Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2008 13:37:09 -0400
> From: "Chris Sykes" <psychs at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Novalug] Imaging Laptop Tool
> For baremetal recovery on the same hardware with minimal cmdline
> interaction I find ghost for linux to be best. I don't have a link
> handy but it is listed under sourceforge as 'g4l'.
> Personally I just use a customized version of dd and pipe it through
> gzip for my archives but G4L is basically an ncurses frontend for what
> I do with scripts so it gets my nod.
> I usually image the whole disc as opposed to partitions but both are
> doable (even with ntfs). Always test with virtual machines till you
> are familiar the process since this will destroy data throughly.
Thanks for the heads-up about g4l -- used the iso.
I wonder if there is anything (non-commercial) that will copy a
partition (or disk) to DVD on the fly. The problem I have with things
like partimage or g4l is the assumption is that you have an amount of
drive freespace available for the image file. I don't, and therefore
the reason for needing to move up to a larger drive, and don't
necessarily have the resources (connection is USB? or money to invest)
to supply more space other than the CD/DVD/RW. Not every situation is
backup or disaster recovery on same machine -- multiple machine
cloning comes to mind. Any hope here?
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