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Completely Clueless 02-21-2009 01:25 PM

First backup for Acer Aspire One netbook
 
Hi all fellow AAO owners, both happy and sad,

My initial traumas with Acer's Linpus restore DVD have made me rather paranoid about getting this right, so please excuse this on-the-face-of-it stupid question, because if this process goes tits-up too, someone could get injured as I hurl the computer through the window onto the street below.

Can I treat this machine like I would any other when backing up? Sometimes I use "dd if/of" etc; at other times Clonezilla, always to an external USB drive of some description. Am I safe to do likewise with the AAO, or is this fraught with some obscure, unforseeable risk (like re-installing from scratch with the OEM DVD turns out to be)?

THanks,

CC.

andrew22 02-21-2009 01:36 PM

I think restore USB will not help you if you throw your netbook from the window. Now, what is the difference between a netbook and a usual pc while backing-up? Ehmmmmm, emmmm, mmmm. OK , none, if you told us that:"I have a laptop, with no USB, no CD , no Ethernet, only wireless, and I need to backup to an external server, that would copy these to my USB thumb, which would be send with US-mail to my home" we would tell you: YESSSSSSSSSSSS, not with your laptop, but with your USB thumb. So imagine what my answer is. Ok Ok, NO, it will be as harmless as restoring from a not-broken restore DVD, to a not-broken PC. Got it?
Just be sure you dont overheat your netbook by over-using the USB-drive. Better use an external power source, and not the one with USB 2.0.

Completely Clueless 02-21-2009 01:54 PM

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Originally Posted by andrew22 (Post 3452475)
Just be sure you dont overheat your netbook by over-using the USB-drive. Better use an external power source, and not the one with USB 2.0.

Yes, thanks, I'd already considered that and since I have two externally-powered USB disk drives, I'll use one of those, I guess. Either that or an 8Gb stick I have lying around, with a little bit of compression thrown in for the sake of propriety. I can't see a thumb drive drawing too much current. :-)

andrew22 02-21-2009 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Completely Clueless (Post 3452485)
I can't see a thumb drive drawing too much current.

Nor can I :(

Completely Clueless 02-21-2009 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by andrew22 (Post 3452487)
Nor can I :(

No disparagement intended, but I note you've shot up from "newbie" to "member" in the matter of just a few short posts, having only registered last month, which is amazing... Congratulations!! :-/

andrew22 02-21-2009 02:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Completely Clueless (Post 3452516)
No disparagement intended, but I note you've shot up from "newbie" to "member" in the matter of just a few short posts, having only registered last month, which is amazing... Congratulations!! :-/

After 30 post you are a member, so it is one post per day, could do much better, and to make it a useful post and not a "short" post. I will ask you what backup tool you are using.
No misunderstanding here, but your name says it all 'completely clueless'
And one more question: Why do you love Linpus so much , to fill several topics with problems, than hanging to a stable one, such as, Ubuntu 8.10?
Sounds weird, but I changed the OS, the second day I bought the netbook.
I hated it so much, that I deleted libpng <--[DONT TRY THIS AT HOME, RESTORE DVD WILL BE NEEDED AFTER!!!] before formatting the hdd.

Completely Clueless 02-21-2009 03:06 PM

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Originally Posted by andrew22 (Post 3452527)
After 30 post you are a member, so it is one post per day, could do much better, and to make it a useful post and not a "short" post. I will ask you what backup tool you are using.

Just "dd" when it suits me or Clonezilla, depending on the circumstances.

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Originally Posted by andrew22 (Post 3452527)
No misunderstanding here, but your name says it all 'completely clueless'

Yup! Clueless by name, Clueless by nature; certainly when it comes to anything to do with Linux!

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Originally Posted by andrew22 (Post 3452527)
And one more question: Why do you love Linpus so much , to fill several topics with problems, than hanging to a stable one, such as, Ubuntu 8.10?

I don't love Linpus. I've never used it before I bought this Acer AO. But it works well with this netbook. I mean it's FAST. Not my distro of choice, by any means, but suits this little netbook (my computer No.4).

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Originally Posted by andrew22 (Post 3452527)
Sounds weird, but I changed the OS, the second day I bought the netbook.
I hated it so much, that I deleted libpng <--[DONT TRY THIS AT HOME, RESTORE DVD WILL BE NEEDED AFTER!!!] before formatting the hdd.

Well you are obviously a techie. I will never be, I'm afraid. My abilities lie in other areas. I'm just cursed to be preoccupied with interests I have no aptitude in! :-(


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