Backup your hdd to an image with following simple command:
dd bs=4096 conv=noerror,sync if=/dev/sdc1 | gzip -c > img.gz
To restore backup image:
gunzip -c img.gz | dd of=/dev/sdc1
Verify with the following:
sha1sum img sha1sum /dev/sdc1
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