[conspire] disk imaging programs
rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Mar 25 23:02:10 PST 2003
Quoting Nick Jennings (nkj at iaminsane.com):
> Have you tried using 'dd'? Just make a boot floppy, like tomsrtbt and
> boot off it....
Sean, he's right: Using standalone Linux media is really often the
easiest solution. E.g., if you have access to a CDR burner, you could
use one of the (many) Linux maintenance CD images:
http://www.lnx-bbc.org/ LNX-BBC "bootable business card"
http://rescuecd.sourceforge.net/ Timo's Rescue CD
The last of these three (unlike the other two) isn't a mini-CD, but
rather a full-sized one, and boots an extremely cutting-edge, full
featured Linux desktop distribution that recognises your hardware
automatically and runs a general-usage desktop system entirely from the
CD. It's very cool: Because most of the contents are stored
compressed, it actually gives you a couple of gigs of applications,
configured and runnable.
With any of the CD images booted and running, you can then (among other
things) temporarily mount your Windows "C:" drive and write the floppy
images to disks using good ol' reliable Linux "dd", like this. (I'll
assume you've put a diskette image in C:\ .)
(Boot one of the CDs.)
mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt
dd if=/mnt/partboot.raw of=/dev/fd0 #"if" is input file; "of" is output file
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