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Partition Image

Partition Image is a Linux/UNIX utility similar to Symantec's Ghost. This uility saves partitions in the EXT2, Reiserfs, NTFS, HPFS, FAT16, and FAT32 file system formats to an image file. The image file can be compressed with gzip or bzip2 in order to save disk space, and it can be split in order to fit onto a series of floppy disks. This program can be useful for backup purposes. A boot/root disk is also provided, allowing you to run Partition Image without Linux installed on the hard disk.

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  •  15 Aug 2007 18:32

    Release Notes: Patches were applied from the clonezilla team that improve the batch mode support, as well as a patch that secures temporary file creation. The translation files have been updated.

    •  16 Dec 2006 20:34

      Release Notes: Several patches from Gentoo and Debian were applied. Man pages and detection of Reiser4 were added. Compilation warnings were removed.

      •  14 Jun 2003 07:24

        Release Notes: Many bugs were fixed.

        •  27 Nov 2001 17:47

          Release Notes: NTFS bugfixes (an endianess conversion error, a FAT support error, and FAT12 bug detection with LS120), a fix for a bug where you cannot cancel the copy with key '*', and BeFS detection.

          •  01 Nov 2001 15:40

            Release Notes: A bug with temporary files on FAT was fixed. A FAT32 bug was fixed. UFS file system support (FFS and Solaris) was added. The estimated time till completion is now shown.

            Recent comments

            10 Jul 2003 11:23 scribbler

            Fantastic
            Partition Image is a fantastic free alternative to the commercial Norton Ghost. Using the KNOPPIX live ISO, I was able to fully back up my Windows hard drive (FAT32), purposely destroy it using deltree, and fully restore it, without a single hitch from the program itself.

            If I had to find a fault with the software, I'd have to say it's a little slow backing up/restoring. But that, to be honest is probably not a fault with the program. After all, it was a 2Gb FAT32 partition, and an hour either way to backup/restore the compressed data is a lot easier than having to install Windoze from scratch. The built-in functionality to compress the backup files works like a charm, it compressed those 2Gb's down to about 1.3Gb, easily enough space to fit onto CD.

            It took an hour to back up a 10Gb ReiserFS partition on another machine without any compression. And considering the age/speed of the machine, this is totally adequate.

            Overall, a fantastic program, and one I'm going to use a lot.

            09 Jul 2003 16:58 jrjohns3

            Re: brilliant - beats ghost

            > like a lot of people ive got at least
            > one dual boot system, with a mix of
            > linux/ntfs partitions. ive also got an
            > external usb drive. ghost couldnt use
            > it, this app let me create images of all
            > my partitions in no time at all directly
            > to the usb drive.
            > it was just so easy to backup to the usb
            > drive compared with ghost!!
            >
            > but more importantly, it worked, i
            > deleted a few files
            > on several partitions and it restored
            > the partitions
            > effortlessly. i only came
            > ´unstuck´ when i reduced the
            >
            > size of one 6gb partition by 200mb, it
            > wouldnt attempt to restore from the
            > image file.
            >
            > installing the static rpm was a breeze,
            > the gui didnt work
            > but the web page carries that warning,
            > so after the first error with it, i
            > stopped bothering.
            >
            > this is a damn good app and well worth
            > the look for any home hacker or
            > technician who usually carries a copy of
            > ghost in the tool kit.


            It almost sounds too good to be true. I will have to check it out! Jake@plutoid.com (http://www.plutoid.com)

            20 Apr 2003 03:58 winsurfn

            brilliant - beats ghost
            like a lot of people ive got at least one dual boot system, with a mix of linux/ntfs partitions. ive also got an external usb drive. ghost couldnt use it, this app let me create images of all my partitions in no time at all directly to the usb drive.
            it was just so easy to backup to the usb drive compared with ghost!!

            but more importantly, it worked, i deleted a few files
            on several partitions and it restored the partitions
            effortlessly. i only came ´unstuck´ when i reduced the
            size of one 6gb partition by 200mb, it wouldnt attempt to restore from the image file.

            installing the static rpm was a breeze, the gui didnt work
            but the web page carries that warning, so after the first error with it, i stopped bothering.

            this is a damn good app and well worth the look for any home hacker or technician who usually carries a copy of ghost in the tool kit.

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