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Linux disk image software

I currently use Symantec (previously PowerQuest) Drive Image, to take regular images from my C: partition. In order to make the imaging process faster, I have installed Drive Image on a second OS which is only used for taking the image from the first OS of that machine.
I am about to install Linux on that machine. I would like to know if there is a software for linux capable of creating images from a NTFS drive, and restoring images to it.
Please advise
Huji
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Heem14Commented:
you're likely looking for PartImage: http://www.partimage.org/Main_Page

officially it says NTFS support is "experimental" but I've found that it works most of the time. Your drives should be defragged first though.

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rindiCommented:
Partimage is also included on knoppix CD's, so you wouldn't have to install the OS twice, you just run partimage from the booted CD.

http://knoppix.net

Another LiveCD that includes partimage, is the UBCD, full version. There is a linux distro included on it, "Insert".

http://ultimatebootcd.com
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hujiAuthor Commented:
Where should I find it in Knoppix? (I have its CD)
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rindiCommented:
It's a commandline tool, so you need to open a terminal and then just enter partimage, Maybe you need to be root, so you'd first have to make a root password then su to root:

sudo passwd root

enter the password you want twice, then

su
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hujiAuthor Commented:
I think I need more information on how to use it, for example, how to restore the image and so. I believe you can help me in this regard as well. Meanwhile, I will be considering PartImage as well.
Thanks
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rindiCommented:
Check the documentation on heem's link for how to use it. there are pictures you can view there, it is probably a better documentation than how I could explain:

http://www.partimage.org/Partimage-manual_Usage
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hujiAuthor Commented:
>>  Meanwhile, I will be considering PartImage as well. <<
I meant considering a visit to its web site! :-)
Well I checked it, and there are two limitations when it is about NTFS: Fragmentation of data, and its being compressed. My C:\ on that machine will usually suffer from both. :( Any other options??
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rindiCommented:
I'd still try it, I've used it on compressed drives and it worked. As far as fragmentation is concerned, just defrag the drive before using partimage.

Otherwise on the ubcd of my earlier link there is also g4u you could try.
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hujiAuthor Commented:
>>  just defrag the drive before using partimage.
It will take more than one hour for me! I'm checking UBCD
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Heem14Commented:
remember, partimage is the same program you will use whether you are using knoppix or not. knoppix just gives you an easy path to get to it.

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hujiAuthor Commented:
I think I understand it Heem14. Thanks for notification though. :) And the UBCD and UBCD 4 Windows are things I really need some time to look into. I will tell you later about the results.
Thanks to all
Huji
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rindiCommented:
I'd just look into the ubcd (full) first. The UBCD4Win first needs setting up with a Windows install CD... Anyway, the UBCD i think is an essential tool for troubleshooting etc, as it includes all the tools you could think of.
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hujiAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your recommendation.
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canaliCommented:
only for complete the thread (knoppix is wonderfull but SystemRescueCd is better for manage HD ):
http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page
Description: SystemRescueCd is a linux system on a bootable cdrom for repairing your system and your data after a crash. It also aims to provide an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer, such as creating and editing the partitions of the hard disk. It contains a lot of system utilities (parted, partimage, fstools, ...) and basic ones (editors, midnight commander, network tools). It aims to be very easy to use: just boot from the cdrom, and you can do everything. The kernel of the system supports most important file systems (ext2/ext3, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, jfs, vfat, ntfs, iso9660), and network ones (samba and nfs).

Here are the main system tools:
GNU Parted is the best tool for editing your disk partitions under linux
QtParted is a Partition Magic clone for Linux.
Partimage is a Ghost/Drive-image clone for Linux
File systems tools (e2fsprogs, reiserfsprogs, reiser4progs, xfsprogs, jfsutils, ntfsprogs, dosfstools): they allow you to format, resize, debug an existing partition of your hard disk
Sfdisk allows you to backup and restore your partition table


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hujiAuthor Commented:
Thanks.
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ico2Commented:
dd if=/dev/hda | bzip2 -c > backup.img
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