[Wine] Quality of system images captured with (G)ImageX

ss26 wineforum-user at winehq.org
Wed Mar 4 11:30:14 CST 2009


I'm using Wine 1.1.16 on Ubuntu 8.10 x86. ImageX is from Windows Vista SP1 AIK found here (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=94BB6E34-D890-4932-81A5-5B50C657DE08&displaylang=en). And standalone imagex here (http://www.tipandtrick.net/2008/imagex-600118000-x86-and-x64-for-windows-server-2008-and-vista-sp1-standalone-download/). GImageX requires special library wimgapi.dll (goes with WAIK and standalone download). GImageX is of version 2.0.14 and is found here (http://www.autoitscript.com/gimagex/).

I have NTFS partition with XP, which i mount in ubuntu by clicking on it in nautilus, then entering password. If i'm not mistaken this partition is mounted by gnome with the help of ntfs-3g driver.
Then i capture entire partition with GImageX pointing it (GImageX) to related folder in /media (e.g. /media/disk-1 ). Of course, gimagex runs through wine. All goes well and i finish up with 2,7 GB *.wim image.

How does wine treat that mounted ntfs filesystem ? (under /media folder). I'm interested because if it is treated as ntfs, we can get images which are not worse than those captured thru WAIK live-cd. 
Also taking into account imagex is incomplete to capture ntfs filesystem:

> ImageX currently does not support the following NTFS features:
>     * Extended attributes.
>     * Object IDs.
>     * Reparse points that are neither symbolic links nor junctions. ImageX will fail to apply them.
>     * Sparse files. (They can be captured and applied, but they are no longer sparse after they are applied.)

quote from here (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722145.aspx).

Please people who know tell me.
Thank you for your time.

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