I am trying to incorporate Acronis TrueImage into my bootable Linux CD. Acronis TrueImage is backup software that saves the entire hard disk partition of Windows or Linux system. In short, I am going to use the Bootable Rescue Media Builder to turn my Zip100 or 128MB USB flash into a rescue media, rip it with WinImage and then copy it into my CD. Here's how I did step-by-step:
Start the Bootable Rescue Media Builder under Aronis Start menu.
In the Rescue Media Contents Selection window, check Acronis True Image Home (Full version) at the left and check Start automatically after 10 sec. at the right. Then, click Next.
Plug in your USB flash. At the present, any media larger than 64MB will do. That means 128MB USB flash is the minimum. I am using 100MB Zip diskette. At the Bootable Media Selection window, choose a Removable Disk that's blank and more than 64MB, but not Floppy Diskette nor ISO image.
Acronis Media Builder says it's ready to start the media creation process.
Click Proceed. Acronis Media Builder formats the drive and copies files to it.
Upon completion, check your rescue media.
Ripping the partition with Linux dd
Now, reboot to Linux and open
xterm or your favorite terminal emulator. Plug in your USB flash if you haven't done so. Linux will automatically detect your USB drive. To find the device name of your USB drive, type:
dmesg | tail
dmesg will show the drive letter of the USB flash that was just plugged in. In case your USB flash is /dev/sdc1, type the following command:
dd if=/dev/sdc1 of=sdc1.bin bs=512
This saves the partition of Acronis rescue media as
sdc1.bin. Copy it to your Windows partion. Then, reboot to Windows.
Using WinImage to Resize the Partition Image
Download and install WinImage.