Creating a restore partition

From: Rod-Lists 
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Is there a way to do this with linux tool set for linux or windows machines?

=============================================================== From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" ------------------------------------------------------ Something I like to do is to create an image of the disk once you've finished your installation, using a cloning tool, such as Acronis TrueImage, PING or DriveImage.

=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ You could create a partition with clonezilla and backup a clean install or sysprepped image to that partition. I do like acronis as well. Used it many times in the past. -B On Feb 9, 2013 8:15 PM, "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" wrote= :

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ So where does the restore partitionneed to sit for bio to find it and i what format? ----- Bret McHone wrote:

=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ I'm just speaking from pure theory here as I've not done it like this before. Just have a couple partiotions on the disk. One for linux, the other for Windows. Grub is the initial boot loader with a few second delay that will allow you to choose the "restore" linux partition if needed, otherwise it defaults to windows. You could also look at setting up a "swiss army knife" (usb thumb drive with distros of your choice) that had clonezilla on it. I used that kind of thing a few times to backup servers or desktops. -B :

=============================================================== From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" ------------------------------------------------------ I've never set up what you call a "restore partition", I just make a disc or media of some kind to store the disk image, and use the utility to restore if and when necessary. With the commercial Acronis TrueImage software, I make a bootable CD with Acronis on it, and store the disc image somewhere, whether it's on a file server, flash drive, DVD or Blu-Ray. If I need to restore, I boot from the CD, and use the image. The cloning software you use really shouldn't matter. Most of them can handle Linux filesystems nicely, so they don't waste unnecessary space backing up empty space. Let me know if you'd like some help doing this. Depending on the software you use, it can be easy to do, but the cloning software can be really powerful too, some have some really cool features.