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Thread: Backup HDD of New PC Before First Boot

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Missouri, USA
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Question Backup HDD of New PC Before First Boot

    I will receive my new laptop any day now (a Lenovo IdeaPad Y550). It will come with Windows 7 64-bit and a myriad of other junk I presume. Even if I were going to use Windows 7, the first order of business would be to do a clean install, but I plan on installing Ubuntu as my only OS.

    I would, however, like to make a snapshot / image / [whatever you want to call it] of the drive exactly as it is from the factory in case I ever need to put that back on it. Yes, I may be able to reproduce that in the future by using discs that come with the PC ... if they come with the PC, but I'd like a way to just preserve the contents of the hdd before my first [hdd] boot.

    Is there a good method to do this using a Live CD that does not write anything to the hdd and creates a restorable chunk of the actual data (not the full disk size or partition size)? I'm not interested in buying software and would even prefer something that is built-in to Linux as opposed to a software package, but as long as it's fairly simple, free, and reliable, I'll consider it.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2006

    Re: Backup HDD of New PC Before First Boot

    If you have another machine on a network (or a spare hard drive that will fit), you might want to try the System Rescue CD at - and in particular, sfdisk and partimage as described here:

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Re: Backup HDD of New PC Before First Boot

    You could always ghost the box.
    You could use the windows 7 backup application.
    You can ask the Vendor if they already have something like this on the HD system.

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