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Mike Chambers
November 9th, 2006, 07:23 PM
i've been thinking about writing a program for doing a sector for sector backup of hard drives over a network (or serial port) from DOS. like have a windows server receiving the data and storing it for keeping on the comp or burning to a CD/DVD...

it would also let you restore it sector for sector right back over the network. just use a floppy boot disk with the prog on it if your drive goes bad...

if there is interest i would write this, i'm almost tempted to do it just for myself. i think it'd be a good tool for old machines with drives on the edge of failure like XT's, et al.

ahm
November 9th, 2006, 08:01 PM
If you can make it compatible with rsync (http://rsync.samba.org/), sure.

Mike Chambers
November 9th, 2006, 08:04 PM
If you can make it compatible with rsync (http://rsync.samba.org/), sure.

i can look at the protocol spec for rsync i guess. then just have my prog send it as an image file. i will look into it.

chuckcmagee
November 9th, 2006, 08:04 PM
The hard part of this one is getting all your LAN software and your software if you do it, all on one boot floppy. As I have found, when you need to restore the hard drive, there's usually not much left of the drive. "Ghost" works great for me. Of course, one has to spend some money to get Ghost.

Mike Chambers
November 9th, 2006, 08:16 PM
The hard part of this one is getting all your LAN software and your software if you do it, all on one boot floppy. As I have found, when you need to restore the hard drive, there's usually not much left of the drive. "Ghost" works great for me. Of course, one has to spend some money to get Ghost.

no, no... you'd just need a packet driver and ntcpdrv.exe on the boot floppy... my program would handle all the TCP communication. i was going to write my own custom server program for windows to connect it to.

no need for the MS Net client or anything.

ahm
November 9th, 2006, 08:16 PM
"Ghost" works great for me. Of course, one has to spend some money to get Ghost.

Have you tried g4u (http://freshmeat.net/projects/g4u/)?

Mike Chambers
November 9th, 2006, 08:18 PM
Have you tried g4u (http://freshmeat.net/projects/g4u/)?

i've never heard of g4u before... well, looks like there already is a prog for this then.

does it work on XT's though? or is it a 386+ program...

dongfeng
November 10th, 2006, 05:02 AM
sounds like a great and very useful utility :)