Redo Backup & Restore (Save Image to Boot device)

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  1. PCRamirez

    PCRamirez Registered Member

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    At first hello @ all and thanks for the superb Forum.

    I've searched the Forum to find a solution for my problem but found nothing yet.
    Even the 'mighty' Google can't help directly and that's why I'm trying out this Forum now!

    I've created a bootable USB Stick (Transcend, 64 GB) with the unetbootin tool and succeeded.
    It’s now possible to boot from the USB Stick and backup the HDD to another physical device. But it’s not possible to save the image to the USB Stick where the Redo backup has booted from. The USB Stick is mounted as a CDROM and I think that’s the problem because the CDROM is always Read Only!
    I’ve created two partitions on the USB Stick (reduce the first partition with GParted and created a second one out of the free space) and now it’s possible to save the Image in the second partition of the USB stick.
    But:
    I can’t use the new partition in the windows world. Windows gives only access to the first (bootable / FAT32) partition. The second (FAT32) partition is visible under the disc management in windows but not accessible.
    Is there a solution or do I have to use always two USB sticks?
    The problem is that the target system (To be backed up) has no CDROM drive and a limited account of USB ports (2x [One is for the Keyboard and there’s no PS/2]).

    Anyway, thanks for your answers!

    PCRamirez
     
  2. pandlouk

    pandlouk Registered Member

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    Welcome in wilders.

    This is a limitation of windows and flash drives. They only display the first entry in the partition table (does not matter if its bootable or not).

    If you do not wish to see your first fat32 partition, you can use Terabyteunlimited's BootItBM to change the positions of the partitions in the partition table.

    Panagiotis
     
  3. PCRamirez

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    Hello Panagiotis,

    thanks for your quick response. I will do my experience with the partition table. Sounds logical. I will post my reply with the results as soon as I get them.

    THX

    PCRamirez
     
  4. PCRamirez

    PCRamirez Registered Member

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    Hello pandlouk,

    If you would have a PayPal-Donate-Button in your signature, I would push it! ;)

    Position inside the partition table was the right answer! I just exchanged the positions of the two partitions and the RIGHT partition is now accessible within Windows. The disc manager still shows a wrong partition size but the properties of the partition and the size are OK!

    Thank you again for your extraordinary fast help!

    PCRamirez
     
  5. pandlouk

    pandlouk Registered Member

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    Glad I could help.:)

    Panagiotis
     
  6. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    Panagiotis,

    That's a fantastic piece of information. Potentially you could have 200 bootable partitions on your flash drive. With an EMBR. I've tested it with 5 primary partitions.
     
  7. pandlouk

    pandlouk Registered Member

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    Hi Brian,

    I don't get it, why would you need to have that many partitions in a flash-drive?

    Personally I prefer creating a multiboot partition with live OSes with Yumi, and then I create a second partition for data and make it visible from windows.

    ps. One thing to pay attention is to not format that visible partition from windows because it will revert the flash to a single large partition.

    Panagiotis
     
  8. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    I was just thinking out loud. It is possible but I wouldn't do it.
     
  9. pandlouk

    pandlouk Registered Member

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    Good because you would need a huge flash drive...:D
    Another way, that I use it, is with OpenELEC (minimalistic xmbc based OS) as a hidden OS and a partition to put cartoons for my 3 years old niece.
    It keeps my systems safer and her cartoons all in one place.:p

    Panagiotis
     
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