> >Now that a write-enabled NTFS driver is available for Linux,
> >can it be used a "partition image" tool for NT? i.e. as a
> >replacement for expensive software like Norton Ghost. A
> >Linux bootable floppy would run circles around Ghost, due
> >to better device support (e.g. weird networks, tape drives,
> >backup disks larger than 2 GB, etc).
> Linux (ext2) doesn't support disks larger than 2GB.
That's not entirely true. There is a (v2.0.36) limit of 2GB
per _file_, not per filesystem. I created a 5GB ext2 partition
on my spare drive without any problems. And fortunately, "split"
and "cat" are builtin utilities in virtually all Linux distributions.
> >Also, which sectors would need to be restored in order to make
> >a rebuilt NT partition bootable?
> It won't work, stick with what works.
The problem with this "stick with what works" statement is that
nothing on the market today works! The closest thing to it is
Norton Ghost, and it is not capable of doing the only 2 things
I wanted to do with it:
- Backup my entire drive to an Exabyte 8500 8mm SCSI tape drive.
(so I'm having to use Linux "dd" for image backups, with all
the known pitfalls of doing "dd" backups)
- Backup my entire drive to a sligthly smaller hard drive, in one shot.
(So I have to use "dd" for this, too. No it's actually worse, I have
to use "dd" with "gzip"!)
I think the market is ready for a Linux-based NT disaster recovery
tool! DOS-based tools have reached their limits.
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