Image Format

Version 1 (Nikos Skalkotos, 10/19/2011 05:27 pm)

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h1. Image Format
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Right now we support 2 image formats: extdump and ntfsdump. Those formats are raw copies (using dd) of partitions hosting ext{2,3,4} and ntfs filesystems respectively.
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Partitions hosting a windows or linux system that are suitable for dumping should have the following properties:
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* Be the first partition in the filesystem
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* Start at sector 2048
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* Have a bootloader installed in the partition
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h2. Known Issues
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* For linux systems, having grub installed in the partition is fragile and thing can go wrong when resizing the partitions. Especially when shrinking the partition
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* Swap space is not supported.
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h2. Future Work
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We are considering changing the {ext,ntfs}dump format in order to overcome the known issues.