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Old 02-12-2009, 11:32 PM   #1
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Creating a Custom Install ISO from current system?

Hi everyone-

I want to create a bootable image of my current system which I can use as a 'recovery cd' of sorts should anything ever go drastically wrong (ie: hard drive dying). Since my home directory is already backed up on a separate drive, I don't need to worry about that, just every other directory.

Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any posts on LQ or on Google itself directly dealing with this issue.

I know many would argue just use a fresh install of Ubuntu, but I have my desktop customized in just the way I like, and if crisis strikes I would like to be able to just pop a disc in and have everything back to normal within an hour or so.
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How about Mondo Rescue?
Old 02-13-2009, 01:06 PM   #3
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or you can backup your system with partimage.
Old 02-13-2009, 04:28 PM   #4
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I don't know how to do exactly what you want, but I take backup images of the system partition with dd - see here:

This achieves basically the same result, although you still need a separate Live CD to restore the image should you ever have to use it in anger.
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is another option. Although, as another poster suggested, remastersys seems to be more prevalent.
Old 02-22-2009, 09:46 PM   #6
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Sorry for my delayed reply everyone,

I got a backup image going on with partimage no problem.


backup, repository, rescue

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