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I would like to back up a partition over a network, as it's just a bit too big for a CD. I downloaded the Linux System Rescue CD, seeing that it can do stuff similar to that, but I can't figure out how to quite go the distance to get it to work correctly...

My network currently consists of:

  1. 2 Windows XP machines (One of which is the computer I'm wanting to partition).
  2. 2 Windows 7 machines.

I know the networking is a bit easier for Windows XP than Windows 7, so I've already created a share point on the spare Windows XP machine to copy the share to.

Specifically, I'm struggling with the following:

  1. How to I mount the network share from a linux command prompt?
  2. Is Partimage the correct tool to use for this purpose?
  3. How do I tell Partimage to use the now mounted SMB share as it's location to store?


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Using samba, you'd mount the drive like "sudo mount -t cifs -o username=USERNAME ON COMPUTER,password=PASSWORD ON COMPUTER //$" This is the same for both windows 7 and XP, linux doesn't care. I've mounted both, I'm not sure about the other questions, though. – Rob Feb 19 '12 at 14:16
Have you taken a look at Clonezilla? Best way is to create a Live USB. You will be able to mount your Windows share as part of imaging process. – Kendor Feb 19 '12 at 14:20
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Okay, I managed to figure this out, after I put it into words exactly what I needed to do, and with some help from Rob as well.

  1. First mount the network drive. I did the command mount -t cifs \\\Linux_Share /mnt/Linux_Backup/
  2. When you specify the name of the file in partimage, specify the full path, ie, /mnt/Linux_Backup/WindowsXP/
  3. Partimage seems to work just fine for me.
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