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How to make a image of a whole disk with ImageX

    Question

  • Is it possible to create a image of a whole disk (with more partitions) with ImageX.

    With imageX you can capture the partition by defining the letter of the partition. Is there also a parameter to create a image of the full disk with a (hidden?) recovery partition and the vista primary partition?

    Friday, December 07, 2007 10:52 AM

Answers

  • in the case of capturing a partition that does not have a drive letter, could you try something like this:

     

    imagex /capture \\?\globalroot\device\harddisk0\partition1\ image.wim name

     

    , assuming that harddisk 0 partition 1 is that partition that you are trying to capture?

     

    note that it is important to keep the last trailing backslash in the capture path, or imagex may fail to capture.

     

    Let us know if this works or not.

     

    Wednesday, December 12, 2007 7:12 PM
  • It is not possible to create an image of an entire disk with imagex. You'll need to create an image for each partition separately.

     

    Friday, December 07, 2007 8:20 PM
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    Hi DavidVista,

     

    Thank you for the post.

     

    Based on my research, the following site can be helpful. The way to do this is a little complex.

    http://www.msfn.org/board/lofiversion/index.php/t103807.html

     

    Please Note: Since the website is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

     

    Hope it helps.

     

    Best regards,

    Tim Quan

    Microsoft Online Community Support

     

    Tuesday, December 11, 2007 7:56 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • It is not possible to create an image of an entire disk with imagex. You'll need to create an image for each partition separately.

     

    Friday, December 07, 2007 8:20 PM
  • okay, make more images. But how to make an image with imagex from an partition which have not a drive letter.

    Several suppliers make an factory partions with some default software. You can use this partition to restore the installation with your OS. So how to create the image from the OS partition and the recovery partition? What will give you the opportunity to restore the installation and recovery partition on another system with the same specs.

    Sunday, December 09, 2007 7:27 PM
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    Hi DavidVista,

     

    Thank you for the post.

     

    Based on my research, the following site can be helpful. The way to do this is a little complex.

    http://www.msfn.org/board/lofiversion/index.php/t103807.html

     

    Please Note: Since the website is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

     

    Hope it helps.

     

    Best regards,

    Tim Quan

    Microsoft Online Community Support

     

    Tuesday, December 11, 2007 7:56 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks a lot Tim. It's a complex solution to image only one disk, but I will try to create a cmd file.

     

    Tuesday, December 11, 2007 12:08 PM
  • in the case of capturing a partition that does not have a drive letter, could you try something like this:

     

    imagex /capture \\?\globalroot\device\harddisk0\partition1\ image.wim name

     

    , assuming that harddisk 0 partition 1 is that partition that you are trying to capture?

     

    note that it is important to keep the last trailing backslash in the capture path, or imagex may fail to capture.

     

    Let us know if this works or not.

     

    Wednesday, December 12, 2007 7:12 PM