I built a laptop with a simple base load of Win2k with updates on it for one of our maintenance shops. I didn't want to have to manually reload the thing if they ever blew up the system so I wanted to get a partition image. The version of Partition Magic I had didn't work to enable me to resize the NTFS partion (to give me some room to dump the Win2k image), and when I did get it resized (as I will quickly describe later) Ghost would not dump the partition to an image file for me. It kept throwing errors. What to do? I ended up using GNU/Linux tools to get the job done--even then it was not as easy as I had hoped, though it could have been as you will see...
Here is a quick run down on how I did it. I am sure there are better ways but whatever:
- QTParted from the SystemRescueCD let me resize the NTFS partition on the laptop & create a new temporary FAT32 partition so I could have some space to put my image.
- From Win2K, I deleted the Compaq driver installation folders from the C: partition and defragmented the drive which let me use…
- partimage to create a 695MB image of the NTFS partition on the FAT32 logical drive
- I rebooted into Win2K on the LT in question, mapped a drive from my box to the Win32 drive containing the image file & dragged it over
- Burnt this image to CD-R
- Rebooted the LT with the SystemRescueCD
- Deleted the temporary FAT32 partition with QTParted
- Resized the NTFS partition to fill the physical drive on the LT
- Rebooted into Win2k on the now backed up LT and everything appears just fine
At any rate FOSS saved the day (once again). The commercial tools couldn't do what I needed done, but GNU/Linux made it happen after all...
I like links so I will put them in later, but not tonight thanks! :-)
Updated: July 21, 2005 10:03pm
(hyperlinks added, which of course will quickly become broken but as no on will ever read this, I doubt it will ever matter. I suppose if anyone were really interested in a term they did not understand or a a piece of software they had not heard of they could simply Google for it [define:term] or search Wikipedia... I have to laugh, putting in a link for Google. It doesn't get any more silly then that does it?)