Juin 172018

Been playing with the excellent strarc from Olof.

The basics first:
-to backup a drive/folder to an archive: strarc.exe -cd:C:\ Z:\winxpsp3.sa
-to restore a drive/folder from an archive : strarc.exe -xd:C:\ Z:\winxpsp3.sa

Then, one can backup all files from one logical drive to another (on XP) in one go with this command : strarc.exe -crjd:c:\ | strarc.exe -xd:d:\.
Note the r parameter which will take care of loaded registry hives.
Ideally, rather than backuping a « hot » logical disk (i.e in used), you would use a Volume shadow copy as source (see a discussion here).

Dont forget that when you decide to backup files (i.e not a full physical disk), you need to take care of the MBR on the target disk (hint : grub4dos) and ensure that registry hives are included.

You can also perform such a backup over the network:
-On the « server / host A » side : nc -v -l -p 9000 -e « strarc -cd:x:\my_folder\ »
-On the « client / host B » side : nc 9000 > dump.sa (update the IP obviously with your « server » IP).

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Juin 112018

MakeIso will create an ISO from a source folder.

Supports multi-boot iso : x86 and EFI.
Support ISO9660, UDF, Joliet or any combination of these 3 filesystems.
Supports isolinux (checksum will be taken care of).
Tested successfully with Grub4Dos.

Mkiso is native (no external dependencies), standalone, built in on windows builtin imapi2.

MkIso is also part of CloneDisk.

Questions, feedback, requests welcome here.

Download here.


 Posted by at 20 h 06 min
Juin 112018

Updated version following up on this article : added netcat support

Download from here

RAW can be :
-A logical drive in the form of \\.\X:
-A physical drive in the form of \\.\physicaldriveX
-A volume in the form of \\?\Volume{e26e7b15-122a-11e7-82bf-806e6f6e6963}
-A volume snapshot in the form of \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy1
-A disk image file in the form of c:\temp\disk.img

DEVIO or NETCAT will be IP:PORT (ex:

NETCAT command line:
Use nc to dump incoming datas to a file (i.e RAW to NETCAT) -> nc.exe -v -n -l -p 9000 > c:\temp\disk.img
Use nc to send datas from a file (i.e NETCAT to RAW) -> nc -l -v -p 9000 < c:\temp\disk.img

DEVIO (RAW to DEVIO or DEVIO TO RAW) command line:
A logical drive -> devio 9000 \\.\X:
A physical drive -> devio 9000 \\.\PhysicalDriveX
A physical drive and a partition (starting a 1) -> devio 9000 \\.\PhysicalDriveX 2
A file (must exist and sized according to your needs) -> devio 9000 c:\temp\disk.img 0 0

 Posted by at 19 h 41 min