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Old 08-21-2006, 01:36 PM   #1
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Question Best Backup Solutions?


Hello fellow computer enthusiasts!

I'm seeking information on a global backup solution for my multi-OS, multi-disk system. I need something that is EASY, reliable, and fast, with the ability to image entire partitions (NTFS, FAT, ext2-3, and Reiser file systems) and compress them to manageable sizes to store on a large (50Gig) archive partition on one of drives with later transfer to DVD.

A couple folks here and elsewhere have recommended the following to me:

PartImage

BootitNG

What are your favorite backup solutions?

Thanks in advance for your input.

~Eric
 
Old 08-21-2006, 01:57 PM   #2
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For backup I create my own backup script using tar. I can also backup Windows folders this way by mounting them first. For cloning I use a combination of ssh, dd and gzip after booting with a Knoppix CD.

I found out that for Linux you really don't have to clone a hard disk. All you have to do to recover is reinstall the OS with all necessary programs then restore the configuration files. That's why it's always a good idea to keep a log of programs setup for a production server. It's not in Windows where the registry makes it impossible to restore unless you use ghost.

Backups and restores are very easy in Linux; and with ssh, dd and gzip you can also clone a Windows disk remotely. That's one of the things I love about administering even Windows networks preferebly with Linux.
 
Old 08-21-2006, 02:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply, Ram. I'm pretty much a Linux newbie, so I'm going to have to investigate your solutions a bit deeper.

Regards,

~Eric
 
Old 08-21-2006, 02:34 PM   #4
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For you I recommend the book "Knoppix Hacks" and "Linux Hacks". There's a couple of good and easy sections on how to do backup and cloning in a Linux/Windows environment.
 
Old 08-21-2006, 04:32 PM   #5
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Hi all,
See at this adress: ddbackup_org
DDbackup LiveCD, it's a new livecd for create/restore yours backups of yours hard disks, partitions and files.

Regards,
alisou, :-)
 
Old 08-21-2006, 05:54 PM   #6
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Thanks! I'll check out DDbackup and the books mentioned. Another book? Sheeesh! I'm hip deep in Linux books over here now. Heh!

~Eric
 
Old 08-21-2006, 07:31 PM   #7
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Try rsync; it can synchronise any two folders(let it be local-local, local-remote, remote-remote); incrementaly. It can also handle open databases. Its fast too.

http://amitsharma.linuxbloggers.com/how_to_rsync.htm
 
  


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