On Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 05:52:26PM +0200, Marcus Hardt wrote:
> [..]
> > I think it does the basic permissions that map to unix
> > equivalents.  It doesn't preserve acls, nor does it have any way
> > to work around the existing ones - so you may have files that
> > you can read in the backups but can't write back over the
> > existing copy
> Right. There might be files already the image restoration done in
> an earlier step.
> Would s.th. like this work:
> 1: Restore an half year old image, using dd (for partition table and MBR's 
> sake)
> 2; Mount it 
> 3: "rm -rf" it
> 4: Copy the backup
> Or would this kill the windows installation at some point?


I really don't think that would work.

The big thing here is that you *can't modify open files in Windows*.
That includes all of the system libraries.  This is probably the
source of a lot of your trouble.

So you can't rm -rf the OS (and even if you could, yes, everything
would break as soon as you hit the wrong library).

It sounds like you're trying to restore the Windows *OS*, rather
than just the data.  This strikes me as a very bad idea.  Install
the OS normally, and restore just the data files.


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