I am trying to restore an image, which was created with the program Partimage, of the C-partition which holds the Windows system. With help from a tutorial on using Partimage, I successfully created an image and stored it on an external USB drive. Regrettably, the tutorial does not explain how to restore the image and I have not been able to do that. Here is a list of the steps that I have taken.
1. Downloaded the software for a (bootable) System Rescue Disk and burned it on to a DVD.
2. Rebooted from the DVD and was able run the Linux Terminal program.
3. TO CREATE THE IMAGE from the command line prompt, I entered the following commands:
ntfs-3g /dev/sdb6 /mnt/aa1 o force
I understand that these create a mount point, aa1 and mount the ntfs partition which had been given the Linux system name sdb6.
4. Ran program GParted to confirm that the partition had actually been mounted.
5. Ran the program Partimage, entered startx to invoke the GUI and then followed the prompts
to create the image which I named
6. The program ran successfully and after about 9 minutes created a file named bb1.000 which I was able to observe using the Windows Explorer .
7. TO RESTORE THE IMAGE, I repeated the steps 3-5 above but this time I followed the prompts to restore the image which I now referenced as
(Partimage had added the suffix .000 and could not recognize the file to be restored when that suffix was omitted.)
8. Partimage appeared to work. It asked me to confirm that I really wanted to overwrite the partition /dev/sda1 (which was the Linux name for my C-Partition) and it posted statistics showing the progress of the restoration, which took about 8 minutes. However, my C-Partition was unchanged. To indicate whether it had changed, I had saved an empty folder to my programs list which was not part of the original image and which should have disappeared when the image was replaced. It did not disappear.
9. I tried several variations, e.g. creating an image without compression and creating the image as a series of files of maximum size 2MB instead of a single large file. In each case, it appeared to work but there was no change to my C-partition.
I suspect that I am getting one of the Linux commands wrong, or omitting something.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Edited by hamluis, 26 December 2010 - 08:33 AM.
Moved from XP forum to All Other Applications ~ Hamluis.