System Image Backup with partitions

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February 7, 2011 at 12:38:16
Specs: Windows 7 64 bit, AMD Athlon, 6GB

I am looking for a freeware image backup software that can backup all paritions and data into an external hard drive.

I have so many options for the above, but I am specifically looking for the below feature during the restore.

Feature ==> When I try to restore the data, the software should not look at the existing partitions/FAT information etc, but just replicate what is there in the backed up image.

I will give an example below.

1. Got a new PC with 500GB HDD which has got only 1 partition, say C:
2. I partition the hard drive into 3, 200GB, 200GB, 100 GB.
3. I install linux into the 100 GB partition.
4. Backing the HDD with some software (I have used clonezilla, easeus to do backup before).
5. After a month, I partition the 200 GB into two 100 GBs. Now, as you see, the PC has 4 partitions (C:\ of 200 GB, D:\ of 100 GB, E:\ of 100 GB, 100 GB Linux Partition).
6. Now, let's say after couple of months, the OS is corrupt and I am forced to restore the backed image.
7. If I use backup-software to restore the image, the process will fail since the backup image has only 3 partitions where as the actual hard disk has 4 partitions. This is what I am trying to address.

When I try to restore the image, the imaging software should not look for the existing PC's HDD for the number of partitions. Instead, it should wipe the HDD and FAT and replicate the mirror image into the PC.

Can some one help me in finding a freeware imaging software that can be used like this?

Thanks in advance.


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February 7, 2011 at 12:58:09
See if the available tools in the link below are what you are looking for.

IMO the simple way to accomplish what you want to do is to use folders on the external and backup/ image each partition separately.

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February 7, 2011 at 13:04:19
I can't exactly tell from your post.

G4U is basically dd. It takes every bit and writes it to some file or disk or network as you command. That would be an exact mirror and on recovery it would return it to exactly that state as was recorded.

Commercial tools and other free tools can do that also. Norton's ghost and acronis can do that if properly commanded.

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996

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February 7, 2011 at 13:08:23
Yes, I know most of these tools are based on dd command.

However, most of the commercial and free tools checks the existing File Allocation Table of the PC and compares it with the mirror image. If the structures are different, the process usually aborts.


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February 7, 2011 at 18:20:36
Not g4u.

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