By Delia / Last Updated December 10, 2020

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What is Partimage?

Partimage is an open source disk backup utility based on Linux/UNIX environments. It enables you to backup individual disk partitions in case of disk failure or data corruption.

Can I use Partimage in Windows 7/8/10?

By default, Partimage comes bundled with most Linux distributions. If you don’t have a Linux system installed and want to use Partimage in Windows 7/8/10, you could backup partitions with SystemRescueCD, which is a bootable live CD that includes Partimage. Otherwise, you may need an effective alternative in Windows.

What advantages does Partimage have?

Partimage can save partitions in many formats to an image file. It only copy used portions of the partition, therefore the backup time and required storage space are greatly reduced. Also, optional image compression and splitting settings can free up more disk space.

What is PING (Partimage Is Not Ghost)?

PING is a different utility based on Linux From Scratch (LFS) with the full name Partimage Is Not Ghost. It is developed as a free alternative to Symantec Ghost, and uses advanced Partimage for partitions backup and restore.

Partimage Windows

How to use Partimage in Windows 7/8/10?

Using SystemRescueCD to perform Partimage backup is feasible in Windows 7/8/10, but all the partitions will be shown in Linux notation.

In the following example of backing up Windows C: drive to E: drive, C: drive is marked as sda1, and E: drive is marked as sda5. If you can't give the Linux names of your partitions, you could use GParted (a partitioning program built into SystemRescueCD) to examine your layout. To do so, please go to System > GParted as shown in the screenshot of Step 4.

Now follow this guide to backup partitions with Partimage in Windows 7. The steps can also be applied to use Partimage in Windows 10/8.

Preparations: download SystemRescue ISO from its official site. You can either install it on your local disk, USB stick, or burn it into CD/DVD. To learn how to install it on your local disk, you can read the Disk install page.

1. Boot the SystemRescueCD live CD. Hit Enter to get into the command line mode.

Command Line Mode

2. Before running Partimage, you must mount your target partition. Type the command below into the console and then press Enter to create a mount point.

mkdir /mnt/win-backup

3. Type the following command and then press Enter to mount the sda5:

ntfs-3g /dev/sda5 /mnt/win-backup -o force

*NTFS-3g: a special driver that allows Linux systems to read and write to NTFS partitions.

Mount Target Partition

4. Type startx and then hit Enter to reach the desktop. Start Partimage by clicking System > Partimage.

System Partimage

5. Select the source partition (sda1) and name the image file (here it’s /mnt/win-backup/windows-c-backup-2008-08-21). Then press F5 to continue.

Select Source Partition

6. You can compress, comment or split the image file here. Then press F5 to continue.

Backup Options

7. You will be warned that NTFS support is experimental. Simply click OK.

8. Confirm the NTFS information and then click OK to run this backup task.

9. Wait for the backup process to be completed. You will see an operation complete successfully prompt.


As you can see, the process to use Partimage in Windows 7/8/10 is quite time-consuming and cumbersome. Any carelessness could cause problems and even result in data loss.
In addition, many users were disappointed to be told “No operating system found” after completing the backup, or stuck in the message “cannot read block 0 on image” when restoring partition from an image file.
All in all, if you are running a Windows computer, it’s better to pick a backup utility specially designed for Windows.

Best Partimage Alternative in Windows 7/8/10 to Backup Partitions

There are many Windows backup software for you to choose. But as an alternative to Partimage, it should have certain functions and advantages. Therefore, I recommend AOMEI Backupper Standard, which is a powerful backup and clone freeware working on Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP/Vista.

◆ Compared with Partimage, this software is much easier in operation with a concise interface.

◆ Not only partitions, it can also backup files, system or disk. Partition or disk clone are also available.

◆ In addition to image compression and splitting settings, AOMEI Backupper offers you more options to customize the task, like schedule backup, incremental or differential backup, intelligent sector or exact backup, etc.

◆ You can backup partitions to a variety of destinations with very few restrictions, like local drive, external hard drive, USB drive, cloud drive, NAS, network location and so on.

Download Freeware Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
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How to backup and restore Windows partitions with Partimage alternative:

1. Install and launch the software. Click Backup on the left sidebar and choose Partition Backup.

You can see there are also options like File Backup, System Backup, Disk Backup.

Partition Backup

2. Click Add Partition or Volume to select one or multiple partitions you want to backup.

Add Partitions

3. Select a target directory and click Start Backup. If you want to save the image file to network, click on the destination select box and hit Share/NAS, then click Add Network Location to enter the path.

◆ Click Options to manage settings about backup mode, image compression and splitting, comments, email notifications, etc.
◆ Set up a Schedule to run the backup task automatically. Normally you could choose Daily, Weekly or Monthly. If you upgrade to Professional edition, you can enjoy two more options, Event triggers and USB plug in, and use Scheme to auto delete older backups intelligently, therefore save your storage space.

Start Bakcup 1

4. To restore the backup image, just switch to Restore tab, choose Select Task or Select Image File to locate the partition image. Then follow the wizard to perform partition or volume restore.

Select Image File


  • If you are trying to back up C drive or other system partitions, it’s recommended to use System Backup to ensure bootable after restore.

  • You can also Clone partitions, system or disk if what you want is an exact copy instead of image file.


Partimage is a Linux based backup utility which enables you to copy partitions in many formats. To use Partimage in Windows 7/8/10, you need to boot SystemRescueCD and take a series of complicated steps. Therefore, it’s more recommended to find an easier and effective alternative in Windows, like AOMEI Backupper.

This complete backup and clone software provides you rich options. In addition to partitions, you can accurately backup OS in case of computer failures, and even restore system image to another computer with secure boot. For Windows Server users, you can also use Server edition to create image backup.