Imaging 256-byte inode Ext3 partitions

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  1. Modred

    Modred Registered Member

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    I use True Image Home version 10 to image a drive that contains an Ext3 partition. Apparently, newer linux distributions use what I believe are called 256-byte inode sizes and True Image will not work with these systems except on a sector-by-sector basis.

    Will True Image 2009 work with 256-byte inode Ext3 systems?

    I have read that gparted creates 128-byte inode sizes, so that appears to be a workaround for now. Is there any other alternative?
     
  2. KFreak

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    All popular Image-Programs that I know can`t handle with 256-byte Inodes on ext3 (True Image, Norton Ghost, Drive Image ...ect.). I have used True Image for years, but now I've replaced it, because I wont`t renounce 256-byte Inodes.

    I have tested 3 alternatives that can handle with 256-byte Inodes:

    Partition Image - Fantastic free program, if you do not wish to spend money
    http://www.partimage.org/Main_Page

    CloneZilla - Fantastic free program too, but every time I have restored my Root-Partition, GRUB was subsequently destroyed. It`s not a tragedy, but it's also not nice to correct this every time.
    http://clonezilla.org/

    Image for Windows/Image for Linux/Image for DOS - this is the program that replace True Image now on my PC. It`s sadly not free but it is worth it. I have buyed Image for Window, so the other two apps was free for me. I use Image for DOS as the "Emergency Boot CD", the other both are for Windows or Linux in running-mode. All three programs have exactly the same functionality and are compatible with each other. Great similarity with True Image, except that U can`t use the mouse in Boot-Modus. But incredible speed with excellent compression and very easy to use.
    http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/index.htm
     
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  3. Modred

    Modred Registered Member

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    Thanks for the response KFreak. I tried Image for Linux, and it seems to work well. I've used True Image since version 6 and don't want to switch, but there may be no alternative. I sent technical support an email but haven't got a response.

    Thanks again.

    kaibob
     
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  4. KFreak

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    Acronis has absolutely no need to change something. The number of Home-Linux users using True Image is maybe in the 0.1%-Area. Firms that secure their Linux servers with Acronis products, prefer almost always the block-by-block backup methods and this is still working with any inode size.
     
  5. xschema

    xschema Registered Member

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    You talk about home users & linux.
    Just for info, I would point out that TI Home 2009 actually does correctly manage the 256 bytes Inode size, while the Workstation/Server/Enterprise Echo versions don't.

    I don't think this is a home vs. business users issue.
    Just a time schedule evolution... IMHO

    Just my two cents

    XS
     
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