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Re: Tar/GZip & Parted

From: Tal Danzig
Subject: Re: Tar/GZip & Parted
Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 19:06:16 -0700
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* On Fri May 17, 2002 17:25:22 -0600, Bob Horton wrote:
> I guess I wanted to be able to create a new drive from the images directly,
> without having to boot a floppy version of Linux (or equivalent), create the
> partitions, format them, then copy all the data back onto them.
> I guess my desire was an improved restore process rather than a simplified
> backup process.

There is a program called partimage (or at least that's the Debian package 
name) that might be what you want.  Here's the description:

 Partition Image is a Linux/UNIX partition imaging utility: it saves partitions
 in the Ext2FS  (the linux standard), ReiserFS (a new journaled and powerful
 file system), NTFS (Windows NT File System)  or FAT16/32 (DOS & Windows file
 systems) file system formats to an image file. Only used blocks are copied.
 The image file can be compressed in the GZIP/BZIP2 formats to save disk space,
 and split into multiple files to be copied onto removable media (ZIP for
 example), burned on a CD-R, etc.
 This makes it possible to save a full Linux/Windows system with a single
 operation.  In case of a problem (virus, crash, error, etc.), you just have
 to restore, and after several minutes, your entire system is restored
 (boot, files, etc.), and fully working.
 This is very useful when installing the same software on many machines: just
 install one of them, create an image, and just restore the image on all other
 machines. Then, after the first one, each installation is automatic made,
 and requires only a few minutes.

- Tal

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