Ralf Mardorf kde.lists at
Tue Mar 18 11:04:09 UTC 2014

On Tue, 2014-03-18 at 11:40 +0100, Nils Kassube wrote:
> 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.

Full ACK Nils, but what is the OP's reason. Perhaps the OP is mistaken
and doesn't need to backup the whole drive or partitions. When
recovering, it depends to the way you recover. It's also possible to
mount a partition read only and to recover the deleted files to another
partition, then there isn't the need to backup the complete partition.


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