Semi-on-topic

From: John Aldrich 
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Well, I managed to salvage a non-booting Windows machine last night. I believe 
the HDD was failing so I ordered a new HDD from NewEgg and it got here 
yesterday. Fortunately for me, I used G4L to build an image of the HDD (all 
160 Gigs of it) on an external drive.
Last night I restored that to the new drive since my handy-dandy dual-HDD 
docking station wouldn't clone it like it was supposed to (probably because 
the original HDD had a hidden "restore" partition and it won't duplicate 
multiple partition drives.)
Woke up this morning, took the CD out and rebooted, and now that Windows 
machine is back up! :D
I know... we all hate Windows, but the thing of it is, that's my photo-editing 
PC, so I need it. :D
Just thought I'd express my appreciation for a nice Linux-based tool that 
allowed me to save a Windows PC! :D

=============================================================== From: Carey A ------------------------------------------------------ I've always had good luck with Clonezilla. Clonezilla only clones the used blocks on a drive, so if you have a 160 GB drive, and only have 50 GB full, then it only clones the 50 GB. If I remember correctly, G4L clones the whole drive, so you'd have a 160 GB image with only 50 GB of actual data.

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ Hmm... you could have a point. That being said, I got a 750 Gig HDD to replace a 160 GB, so no biggie...and I had sufficient space on the external hard drive. That being said, I may have to give Clonezilla a shot as I wouldn't mind having the space back on my external drive. :D

=============================================================== From: Matt Keys ------------------------------------------------------ +1 for CloneZilla. Works great when your upgrading (down sizing) to SSDs.