I have a need to quickly and easily create images of a 1GB CompactFlash card that contains a Redhat Linux 9.0 operating system with the LILO bootloader. Once I have a "gold" image, I need to be able to make many copies of it (14 to start) onto other 1GB CF cards (all identical SanDisk Ultra II 1GB cards).
The method I have done to date works, but it is cumbersome. I have a CF to IDE adapter on my desktop. I use my Symantec Ghost 8.0 Corp Edition boot floppy to create an image of this device onto another machine over the network. I then power down, connect another CF device to be copied to, and use Ghost to restore the image. Ghost 8.0 corrupts the LILO configuration, so then I have to boot up a Redhat 9.0 CD and go through the linux rescue process to run lilo to restore the configuration so it can boot.
What I would like is this:
1. Eliminate the linux rescue/lilo re-config step
2. A more "portable" solution. I have a pair of SanDisk SDCFH-1024 PC Cards (PC Card IDE/ATAPI adapters for CF cards). I'd like to be able to plug these into a laptop and then put in my "gold" CF card and another card and do an image copy right then and there. I don't care what OS I need to run (Linux, Windows, etc).
The reason I need #1 and #2 is that I have a need to do this while away from the office.
I tried download a copy of Norton Ghost 9.0 (aka 2005) as it was supposed to incorporate features from Powerquest's DriveImage 7.0 that could copy a Linux partition using LILO without corrupting it. However, when I run Norton Ghost, it doesn't see my CF drives as drives to back up. The reason for this, I think, is that Windows 2000 sees these as removable devices instead of local disks. It can back up TO a removable device but not FROM. So I think I'm going to try to get a refund as this doesn't seem to want to work.
Do any of you have any ideas using my existing hardware? Feel free to offer other hardware solutions as well. I have looked into actual CF duplication products, but I'm not ready to fork over $3k just to duplicate these cards. The volume just isn't high enough to justify the cost.