QUOTE (jaclaz @ Nov 14 2011, 11:54 AM)
Look, I originally suggested you Clonedisk, because it is a very nice app, but this doesn't obviously mean that it can do *everything*.
True, but in that it seems to be open to improvements, and very fast, I was hoping if it couldn't it could be made to.
You are falling in the usual trap
, asking how to do something through a specific method/tool
as opposed to SIMPLY asking HOW to do it.
It's not a trap, it's knowing what I want to do. I don't want to have a dozen backup utilities and 5 yrs from now when I have to do a restore have to figure out which app backed up which drive.
You were given THREE available options:
- change the partition ID in the MBR (I presume from 27 to 07) so that the mount manager will assign a drive letter to the volume THEN use Clonedisk (or another tool)
- use either MountstorePE or showdrive.exe to have the volume assigned a drive letter THEN use Clonedisk (or another tool)
- forget about drive letters and use direct disk access to backup that chunk of the disk
#1 is easy doable with Tiny Hexer (or other disk editor) and you need not any "other" tool
#2 is even easier and you can do it by simply getting one of the mentioned tools
#3 is the SAFEST
(as the recovery partition won't be "online", not even for a split nanosecond, so you have NO risks whatsoever that the running PE or Windows makes any modifications to it), BUT
requires you to give to a suitable program, like, as an example, Datarescue DD:http://reboot.pro/7783/
the correct addresses (which you can get allright from the MBR view in Tiny Hexer or Clonedisk)
Interesting, Tiny Hexer does do a lot but I don't feel comfortable using it. And I don't think it was designed to be a backup tool for partitions. And Datarescue DD it falls into the previous comment's point.
And as for MountStorPE when I scan this thread I don't see any mention of MountStorPE prior to your last posting. It was however mentioned in your Reboot link and on many Google hits for PQSERVICE and has a BartPE plugin even which is what I tried and it works perfectly.
I present to you PQSERVICE
Volume in drive I is PQSERVICE
Volume Serial Number is D47E-85F9
Directory of I:\
01/02/2008 02:37 AM 0 100_CR.DAT
09/16/2011 07:44 PM <DIR> ACERBOOT
09/17/2011 12:10 PM <DIR> BOOT
01/18/2008 03:45 PM 333,203 BOOTMGR
09/16/2011 07:44 PM <DIR> D2D
09/16/2011 07:43 PM <DIR> EFI
09/17/2011 12:31 PM <DIR> FACTORY
04/28/2009 04:14 AM 540 Flag.log
09/17/2011 12:24 PM 165 ImageInfo.dat
02/13/2011 05:03 AM 620 LPCD.DAT
05/12/2011 05:35 AM 66 NAPP.DAT
11/12/2011 08:50 PM 94,353 Napp7.log
07/29/2011 02:53 PM 424 RCD.DAT
11/12/2011 08:48 PM 0 Restore.dat
09/17/2011 12:29 PM <DIR> RyTools
09/16/2011 07:43 PM <DIR> SOURCES
07/21/2011 08:49 AM 1,198 SYSTEMCD.DAT
10 File(s) 430,569 bytes
7 Dir(s) 4,218,683,392 bytes free
Which I can now backup with... CloneDisk.
Now, all the above is essentially "partial" as they ALL miss an important piece, which is your current MBR.
I do backup my MBRs, since few backup apps do, with MBRfix.exe.