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    I need help creating a recipe for my carpc backup solution. I'd like to do it with linux, but being somewhat of a *nix noob, I need some advice

    I have 3 partitions:
    1) c:\ is an NTFS partition for the OS (WinXP) and apps
    2) unnamed FAT32 partition to hold the backup image (use FAT32 to hide from WinXP)
    3) e:\ is an NTFS partition for content (music, videos, etc)

    I need to:
    A) Boot to an OS from USB CDROM
    B) make an image of the NTFS partition (C:\) and store it on the unnamed FAT32 partition

    I managed to get a bootable CD working that has a version of GHOST for DOS. The bootable portion uses an autoexec that provides a user menu, but will timeout if no input and restore the image from the FAT32 partition to the NTFS part where C:\ resides.
    Once booted, I can break out to a DOS prompt and take an image of the partition with C:\. This works when my CDROM is on IDE; however, in the car, I will have it on USB. I've wasted so many CDs trying to get DOS drivers for USB CDROM to work, with no luck. So now I look to Linux
    CarPC #3: 99% Complete
    Pentium M 1.7Ghz, 1GB DDR2 RAM
    DVD/CD-RW installed in dash below monitor
    OEM LCD relocated for 7" Touchscreen
    Wi-Fi, GPS, PS2 controllers...
    500+ full albums
    4,000+ video games
    music videos, movies, & more!
    old carPC