Creating a HDD image.

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  1. Swerve

    Swerve OT Supporter

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    Just reformatted my XP machine and I'd like to create an image of the harddrive so that I can restore it when things degrade too much.

    I'm looking to make the image and then store it on my network's Ubuntu server.

    I'd be interested to hear any suggestions for programs to use. I'm looking at Norton Ghost, but would prefer a good open source solution if one exists.

    Thanks!
     
  2. trouphaz

    trouphaz New Member

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  3. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I don't know Ubuntu file system from a hole in the ground, but if an Acronis
    image can be put on the Ubuntu drive, then that's your best bet.

    Not free. But it's simply awesome.

    My XP install is 4.2gb, once I do updates and add all the basic programs I run.

    Making that backup with Acronis takes me about 3 minutes in either direction with Acronis.
     
  4. m0nk3y

    m0nk3y Not now, chief.

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    google 'driveimage xml'
     
  5. critter783

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    I've had good luck using Clonezilla in the past
     
  6. Mike99TA

    Mike99TA I don't have anything clever to put here right now

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    If you just want to make an exact image I would recommend g4u - its a free program, you just have to create the username "install" on your ubuntu server with a home directory that has enough space to store your entire HD, then you boot off the g4u (stands for Ghost 4 Unix) CD and tell it to upload your HD image to the IP address of the ubuntu server, then type the password for the install user and voila, it will upload an exact bit by bit image (with gzip compression) to the server.

    We used it extensively at my last job to store HD images of servers and it worked great.
     
  7. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i used to love norton ghost, but i got a chance to try acronis and i like it much better
     
  8. Killbane

    Killbane Ahhh Indianna...

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    I would agree with this, but it is not free. Well I do agree with this. :hsugh:
     

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