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Re: [opensuse] Question for the hard-disk management experts
On 2011/10/29 03:00 (GMT+0200) Carlos E. R. composed:

On Saturday, 2011-10-29 at 10:09 +1030, Rodney Baker wrote:

Anyway, I've dumped the Windows partition (now 43GB) and the recovery
partition (10GB, near enough) with dd if=/dev/sda<1,2> of=<image_name> to a
terabyte USB drive, but my question is this. Should I backup the partition
table from the original drive as well, to ease the process of restoring it
back to its current state before I completely blow away these 2 partitions of
the HDD in the laptop? What is the correct way to do this, apart from pen and

I would backup the entire HD using dd. Ie, using if=/dev/sdX. It copies
all, not each partition separately. For this situation it is better, IMO.

I don't like using any more storage space than necessary for backups, so I would use an app that makes a compressed image of the entire HD instead of DD (DFSee, but likely there's some FOSS that could do the same).
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