Partimage is a Linux utility which saves partitions having a supported filesystem to an image file. Most Linux and Windows filesystems are supported. The image file can be compressed with the gzip / bzip2 programs to save disk space, and they can be splitted into multiple files to be copied on CDs / DVDs, … Partitions can also be saved across the network. For this tutorial I will use the systemrescuecd livecd, to boot the system and save the image to a remote share on the network. The partition I will be saving/restoring is an ntfs partition.
Partimage will only copy data from the used portions of the partition. For speed and efficiency, free blocks are not written to the image file. Partimage also works for large, very full partitions. For example, a full 10 GB partition can be compressed with gzip down to 4 GB. If you are restoring the image to a hard disk which is not partitioned, you will have to create the partition before restoring the image, and the partition should be equal or greater size than the original parition…..well without anymore delay let’s get started.