I want to make an image of the C: drive on a particular windows xp machine, which I own. Then I want to restore this image to an identical drive. But the manufacturer has implemented measures to make this difficult.
The drive is an IDE 2.5 drive in a Panasonic tough book. When I mount the drive in a Windows 7 machine, Windows 7 does not recognize the drive, even though the drive must have a windows file system because the drive boots windows xp. (Right?) Since my windows machines to not recognize the file system, my usual disk imaging software is not able to image this drive.
Is there any cheap/free software which will do a low-level copy of a drive to another drive, independent of file system? I also have an Ubuntu machine available if there is a linux utility. But I suspect windows has such a utility application as well.