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Linux Magazine: Drive Image Copies While You Wait

Jul 29, 2000, 21:39 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by William Wong)

"One of the paradoxes of PCs is that they make duplicating individual disk files almost effortless, but they provide far less help in copying entire systems, which can be a problem when you're installing numerous new computers with the same configuration. PowerQuest's Drive Image Pro 3.01 (DIPro) comes to the rescue by making it easy to copy an entire disk drive to either another partition or a single "image" file, both of which can then be copied to other drives."

"DIPro actually consists of a number of programs for working with disk partitions and image files, including PowerQuest's PartitionMagic Pro 5.0, the beloved application that resizes partitions without destroying your data. While DIPro is a DOS-based program, it now handles Linux ext2 partitions as easily, and using it to set up a dozen or so identical Linux workstations is barely more difficult than copying a file."

"DIPro can easily replicate a disk or partition to another disk, but its real power is in using an intermediate image file. An image file is normally smaller than the partition or disk it was made from. Disk images can optionally be compressed, further reducing their size. Once created, the image file can be multicasted to all workstations on the network that are running the PowerCasting client."

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