I've been wondering if dd and gzip would be able to produce most of the functionality of ImageX and WIMs?
I was thinking if we saved the mbr:**
and the various partitions:
dd if=/dev/hda of=backup-hda.mbr count=1 bs=512
sfdisk -d /dev/hda > backup-hda.sf
then all that would be required is a gzip of required system files and directories... ?
The only thing I am completely blown away by is the single copy of files within the wims (Singe Instance Storage). I've seen a 630mb disk be reduced 475mb; as the disk was an install disk, I'm guessing that the files were already compressed. That makes it respectable.
P.S I've recently been begged to *ahem! sulked/cried into* return MS Windows by my wife. Not because it wasn't working, but because she didn't understand how to save to a ufd which was labeled in Dolphin... Gah.
Long and short is that I currently don't have linux on my singular machine and can't personally try this.