How to image a Windows partition so I can browse the files later?
I have a 1 TB HDD with about 70 GB of data on it, all in its own partition. I want to perform a block level backup copy of this partition and store it in a file I can mount later, as I am backing up files from this disk to then sell the drive.
I thought about just copying all the files but I don't trust Windows Explorer is up to the task of keeping data exactly as it was left and I don't want to discover something is amiss after I've already nuked the old drive.
Is there a, preferably free, utility out there that will do a block level backup of a partition to a file which I can mount and explore later as if the partition was mounted once again? Sounds like the sort of thing one might use
dd for in a nix environment but I'm on Windows 7.