Softpedia Editor's Review for Partition Saving
Save, restore and copy hard-drive, partitions, floppy disk and DOS devices
Written by Mihaela Citea on February 28th, 2013
As its name suggests, Partition Saving is an application designed to help you backup elements of different storage devices, ranging from partitions, hard disks or even the Master Boot Record sector. It comes in handy for backing up hard disk contents and restoring it at a later time.
The main interface resembles old DOS applications and comprises a list of all the available actions that the application can perform, enabling you to choose the desired one using either your keyboard or the mouse.
Partition Saving can save an element or restore it from an existing backup file. Also, it can copy a partition or a disk to another similar location. The generated backup files can be copied, compressed and verified, in order to detect possible backup errors. You can explore a partition or a backup file directly from the application and view its contents.
In addition to this, the application can update the partition definitions in the Windows registry, which changes the corresponding drive letter, in order to help the system identify it correctly after the partition is restored to another location.
The BOOTSECT.BAK file and the boot configuration can also be updated, so that the boot loader can search the moved partition in the right location. Furthermore, you can use it to reset bad sectors in the filesystem, fix broken FAT or NTFS boot sectors, replace the FAT or NTFS boot sector with a copy, in case the original one is damaged or create dummy files on NTFS drives for using them in the backup process.
Although it is easy to use, Partition Saving comes with a set of tools for handling hard disk sectors, which should only be accessed by advanced users. Other than that, it is a handy backup solution for partitions and disks.
Partition Saving description
Here are some key features of "Partition Saving":
· saving an element (hard disk, partition, floppy disk, device)
· restoring an element that was saved before
· copying an element
· copying a backup file created by this program, modifying its size or compression rate
· verifying created files
· updating partition definition in Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Seven registry
· updating BOOTSECT.DOS/BOOTSECT.BAK file
· exploring a partition
· simulating elements with created files
· creating files on a NTFS drive under Windows for use in saving
· cancelling bad sectors information of a filesystem
· correcting disk physical definition (first sector number of a partition, heads and sectors per track numbers) into a FAT and NTFS boot sector
· replacing a FAT or NTFS boot sector or ext2/ext3/ext4 superblock by its copy in case original one is damaged
· 386 or better
· 4 Mb of memory (could work with less, but data compression might not work). Free DOS memory must be at least 300 Kb
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· add of raw files treatment: some files could be considered as image of supports (as obtained through "dd") and be saved and restored. The corresponding options have been added.
· taking into account that disk can be not partitioned (as not partitioned USB key that are too big to be considered as floppy).
· change of Linux version to support terminal with UTF-8 display and add of the corresponding option.
add of support of more support in Linux version: use of block devices:
· dev/ataraid, /dev/iseries, /dev/ccisss, /dev/mapper, /dev/md/md_d, dev/md/d, /dev/md_d, /dev/sx8, /dev/md, /dev/rd in addition to already supported ones. If /etc/auto.master or /etc/autofs/auto.master file exists, it is used to get a list of automatically mounted supports (with considering only simple mount, not network nor scripted ones). If dev/fuse file (automatic mount in user space) exists, all devices are displayed without them to appear in /etc/fstab.
· change of UTF-16 characters displaying: instead of bein...