DeviceImage Tools Open Source Project
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What is it?
DeviceImage-Tools Project is intended to work out the most reliable, flexible and easy to use software solution to perform a system disaster recovery or fast backup-restore operations of whole disk device or its partition without a deep knowledge of software functionality. The most efficient solution for this purpose could be a device imager. Disk images provide a powerful backup-restore solution and are exact copies of your hard drive which are created by using low level byte by byte copy operation. So even if your drive goes bad, you will still have an entire copy of your system that you can restore.
This software solution could be very useful in following cases:
- Your system disk has been damaged (data-corruption through virus, direct manipulation or mechanical issues) - the time to restore from image is very short comparing to time of full new installation.
- If you plan to distribute many identical installation, install one system, create an image of this installation and clone it to as many PC's as you want. This software will incredibly save your time
The first step in reaching of this goal is represented by two useful command line tools zsplit and unzsplit, which can make your life with computer a little bit easier, please see the documentation.
Key Features :
- runs under GNU/Linux OS
- creates images from FAT16, FAT16X, FAT32, FAT32X, NTFS (MS Windows- 95, -98, -Me, -NT4, -2000, -XP), Linux Ext2, Linux Ext3, ReiserFS and Linux swap partitions.
- is able to create images from Very Large Files or devices (tested with 200 Gygabyte devices)
- output image files can be compressed to various density (900 MiB (megabyte binary) FAT32 partition can be compressed to 350 - 400 MB and can be stored on one CD)
- output image file can be split into pieces of defined size
- in case of partially damaged devices, blocks and/or sectors safely reads all remaining intact sectors
- supports non-seekable input and output (so you can use pipes for stdin and/or stdout)
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