Nils Kassube kassube at
Tue Mar 18 10:40:30 UTC 2014

Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> JFTR Bill, why do you want to make image files of complete drives or
> partitions? If you e.g. want to make backups, you simply could copy
> all files, globbing is a little bit tricky, but you can use cp or tar
> or tons of other tools to make a backup.

You gave an example in your previous post where you mentioned copying 
the MBR of a disk. In general it is useful whenever you want to preserve 
data which are not stored in individual files, like boot loader data.

Another example would be a partition where you have (unintentionally) 
deleted files. There it may be useful to make a backup of the partition 
before you try to recover the files.


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