I'm trying to install Linux Mint alongside Windows 8 on my laptop, but the install disc did not recognize Windows, so I'll have to do a custom install, which is something I've never done, and I want to back up my Win install in case I screw up and I can't fix it with the boot-repair CD.
On my HDD first I have three hidden Windows partitions, the 2nd one being the boot partition, the C: partition which has Windows and important stuff that I want to back up, then the D: partition which is very large with media files and I don't care much for it, and then some empty space where I would put Linux at the end.
I want to backup the HDD using
dd. I don't have enough space to back up the entire drive, but I can backup everything except the D: partition and the unallocated space. If I screw up the HDD during the Linux install, will I be able to restore the Win install from the
dd backup? I don't mind if I lose data on the non-backed up partition. (Will the backup work if that partition gets corrupted in the meantime?)