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Nick Stack wrote:
> A friend needs to send her laptop in for warranty repairs and has asked
> me if I could back it up for her as the hard drive might be replaced or
> formatted. I told her that I'd look into the matter. I've been
> attempting to use Partimage and the SystemRescueCd from
> www.sysresccd.org <http://www.sysresccd.org> but am having some
> difficulty with that over a network. My major problem seems to be
> correctly configuring both systems to use Partimage. Does anyone know of
> a good guide for doing this sort of thing or have suggestions for
> alternative tools? Its around 60GB of data (120GB total hd size), so I'm
> trying to avoid backing it up to CDs/ DVDs, but that is a possibility.
> The the data needing to be stored is in FAT and ntfs partitions. I'm
> close to recommending an external drive to place the backup on, but I
> know that she would like to avoid that expense.
> 

If you have Samba running you can mount a Samba share on a Windows
machine and use the backup utility that comes in Windows System Tools to
backup to that drive letter.

There is an open source utility available (mtftar) to convert the
Microsoft tape format to tar format, in case you want to retrieve
individual files from that backup.

Many times I have helped people who could not boot Windows by booting
Knoppix and using scp to copy their important files to a Linux machine.
 If the machine is bootable you could install Putty and use its scp to
do the copy.

The February issuse of Linux Journal had an example of using ntfsclone
to backup an NTFS partition and pipe the output into ssh for storage on
another machine.  You could run that from a Knoppix live cd.

Everybody should have regular backups of all their computers and they
never do.  Rescuing data from Windoz machines is a common request.  You
should get good at it.

Bill
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