create an image like norton ghost in ubuntu

habtool habtool at
Tue Jan 13 23:40:54 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-01-13 at 15:17 -0800, Ray Parrish wrote:
> mierda tuti wrote:
> > HI,
> >
> > I have kubuntu 8.10 and I would like to create an image like norton 
> > ghost do it in windows.
> >
> > Many thanks and sorry for my english,
> >
> >
> You already have the dd command on your system, and it makes bit by
> bit 
> copies of drives, which are exact images of the source drive. For 
> instructions on it's usage see this link -
> <>
> Later, Ray Parrish

I have had good results from partimage
Partimage vs others
[edit] What does partimage give you over the following: clear the free
blocks with DD, and copy with DD
dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/filetmp
rm /mnt/filetmp 
dd if=/dev/xxx
gzip > image_file.gz
     1. Partimage is faster. You don't have to wait for "dd
        if=/dev/zero" first. during the copy, free blocks are not read.
        Then, if 20 % of the partition is used, partimage will avoid two
        access to 80 % of the free areas. 
     2. There's a GUI (graphical user interface). It has a lot of
        advantages: you can see the remaining time, the percentage of
        the copy, ... The Qt GUI in the next version will be very nice
        and easy to use. 
     3. Partimage can work on file systems which are not supported
        (stable write support) by the Linux kernel, such as NTFS, BSD
        ffs, XFS/JFS in a non-patched kernel. To run "dd if=/dev/zero",
        you need the write support in Linux. 
     4. Partimage is made to be easy to use, and to replace commercial
        software such as Ghost, Drive Image, ... and the user does not
        have to know many command lines. 
     5. Partimage has a lot of options, such as -V which allow th create
        a new volume if space is missing. DD will show and error and
     6. The network support allows to save an image file from a client,
        without having to configure both client and server NFS. (Network
        File System). When the multicast will be implemented, it will
        allow to restore X clients from 1 server, and DD can't do a such
        multicast copy. 
     7. We provide rootdisk and bootcd. You can boot on it, if Linux is
        not installed on your computer. They contains everything that is
        need (the LZO compression in 0.7, which is very useful for big
        files). You don't have all these tools on every boot rescue

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