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ihtruelsen
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:30 am    Post subject: back up windows Reply with quote

I need to back up a windows xp partition on my system in order to create a logical partition out of this primary partition.

What is the best way to back this up to my linux partition so that I can dump it back when I have re-done the partitioning?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always like to go simple and just use tar. You can exclude some of the directories that get automatically created at boot if you want. Something like this:
Code:
tar -cf /tmp/mybackup.tar /bin/ /boot/ /opt/ /etc/ /home/ /usr/ /lib/ /root/ /var/ /sbin/

Then copy it over to some removable media.

When you recreate your system you will need to do something like this:
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mkdir /tmp
chmod 777 /tmp
mkdir /mnt
mkdir /media  (and any points under /mnt)
mkdir /proc
mkdir /sys

Please modify and test for your own system before deleting anything! I haven't tested any of the above myself before posting this...


EDIT: I just realized that you said you were backing up your Windows partition! :oops:

I would mount your file system under ntfs-3g and use tar to package up the whole thing. I've actually done this before successfully. The 1st time I was surprised it worked, but there didn't seem to be any ill effects.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the past I've used sys-block/partimage. Iirc it does the boot sector too.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:04 am    Post subject: I've had success with Macrium reflect Reply with quote

Having had problems (i.e. trashed the system) moving my Windows Vista system using simple copy tools, I looked for free-as-in-beer NTFS partition backup/recovery tools. "Macrium reflect" has both free and commercial versions. The free version works a treat.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:22 pm    Post subject: Re: I've had success with Macrium reflect Reply with quote

Goverp wrote:
Having had problems (i.e. trashed the system) moving my Windows Vista system using simple copy tools, I looked for free-as-in-beer NTFS partition backup/recovery tools. "Macrium reflect" has both free and commercial versions. The free version works a treat.


whoa - thanks ! :)

I actually was kind of searching for an substitute for True Image since its decline of quality and

Macrium reflect seems to do the job

if it's working reliably I might even end up buying it :o
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