Took me all @#%* day but I finally got er done. Windows fought me all day but Linux finally prevailed.
I have been wanting to dd the Windows Xp install on internal drive to my External 8 gig SD Flash Drive.
First. I formatted 8 gig card as NTFS using Gparted in Puppeee. Booted into Windows to check on drive.
Opened Disk Management in Windows. Windows does not recognize the file system. Calls it RAW.
So. I hafta download and use the HP Format Tool http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/HP-USB-Disk-Storage-Format-Tool.shtml
I format the drive in Windows using that tool. What is slowing me down that this takes all day. Windows Updates. Rebooting 5 times. Slow performance on this Netbook running XP (this is pretty much a fresh
unmodified Factory Install of XP that runs slow as a snail on this Phison internal 8 gig SSD).
So after triple, quadruple checking everything in Disk Management because I don't want Windows to have a hissy fit when I try to boot of the external SD Flash drive. I insert my Puppeee external flash drive. I open up PUDD in Puppeee. It tells me the flash drive is too small by a few mb. So I open Gparted again and shrink the internal Windows Partition to fit the external 8 gig SD Fash Drive.
Of course, I gotta boot into Windows again to make sure it still works after shrinking the internal partition on internal drive Good thing I did this because Windows ran a check disk before it would reboot. Waiting. Waiting.
Boot into XP. What. More Updates. More lost time. More reboots. Windows is afeared (maybe it knows what I
am up to, who knows) Finally got everything sorted. Boot back into Puppeee. Now before any body mentions
that I can dd from terminal in command line. I have never done anything like this before. Besides. PUDD is just a GUI for DD use. It Still opens a terminal at the end after the warnings "are you sure".
Because this is being done via a external Flash drive. It took a while to do. But finished successfully.
I shutdown. Pull Puppeee. Select Boot 8gig External SD Flash Drive. It loads XP and runs almost as fast (not quite though) as it did on the internal 8gig Phison SSD drive. I made this backup. In Case I ever want to resell this 701SD or need Windows for whatever reason (tuning motorcycles is one reason). Besides. I paid for this.
Now. Later this week. I am going to blow away XP on this internal Drive now that I have a backup.
I can now do a internal Full AntiX 8.5 install instead of Frugal.
I am doing all this so I can make this Asus EEEPC 701SD a testbed for one of my Favorite Distros. You guys
know I will document my adventures doing all this. Hopefully it will pull more users into AntiX from the EEEPC world.
Git er Done, Rok EDIT
I should mention. I used the 8gig External antix2usb persistent drive to make my backup of XP. Wiped AntiX and used it.
I now run antix2usb persistent on a 4gig External Kingston SD drive now.