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Old 06. Jul 2012, 02:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Making a Restorable Image of your bootable USB Drive

I have been using my USB drives to install bootable linux distros for some time now. I recently broke one of these systems by removing the thumb drive prematurely. Up until then I never considered the idea of making a restorable image of my USB drives. After a couple of Google searches I ran across a handy utility aptly called USB Image Tool. The tool is very basic but effective. I restored an image I made of my Bodhi system from a 8GB drive to a 16GB drive. The utility worked as advertised but I ran across a bug which caused the progress bar to disappear even though the backup was still taking place. The restoration was successful and I'm writing this post using Bodhi restored to the new drive.

Although The utility worked I wonder if anyone has used any of the image utility's that is capable of doing the same thing. I've tried a commercial image program but it wouldn't recognize my USB drive.
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Old 06. Jul 2012, 05:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Useful tool - thanks for this.
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Old 06. Jul 2012, 06:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I neglected to mention that USB Image Tool runs with Windows. I haven't tried it using wine yet but will do so later and record the results here. I also found that my commercial image utility had a update available. After the update it indeed was able to handle the USB drive along with greater support for linux kernels. The utility starts with an 'A'
Anyway the restoration has to be carried out on Windows and will not work with the rescue CD
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I neglected to mention that USB Image Tool runs with Windows. I haven't tried it using wine yet but will do so later and record the results here.
Nope.... Doesn't work with Wine.
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As I mentioned in my first post that with USB Image Tool to I was able to create an image from my 8GB thumb drive which had Bodhi installed in persistence mode. I then used that image and copied it to a empty 16GB USB drive This in deed worked, however the transferred image was only 8GB in size which left 8GB of unallocated space. I solved this by using GParted to re-size the drive back to 16GB. When doing so GParted gave me a dire warning that this process may make the drive unbootable and to backup my information. I ignored this and the re-size operation completed without a hitch. I now have a bootable 16GB thumb drive with Bodhi installed which is still persistent, giving me greater room for files and apps including games. This saved me over an hour of having to reconfigure my desktop and re-install all my apps.
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Old 15. Jul 2012, 03:22 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I would recommend using the program dd in a termianl. dd directly copies and converts files byte by byte and can be used to make partition images, hdd/ssd images and isos and also restore them back.
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