Disk imaging program?

Nils Kassube kassube at gmx.net
Wed Jun 25 17:03:07 UTC 2014

Bill Stanley wrote:
>       The thing that is VERY important to remember is that and
> compression scheme must be able to restore the boot sector EXACTLY!
> Most data files can tolerate a small bit of compression loss (although
> losses are undesirable).  As such, it would be best to handle the
> boot sector separatly and without compression that would assure that
> it doesn't get corrupted. 

All of the standard compression programs (gzip, bzip2, xz, ...) only use 
lossles compression. Lossy compression is only used for images, audio or 
video. For "normal" files the compression program can't decide if / 
which bits are not needed and may be left away.


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