Originally Posted by rjnlinux
I have a desktop and I have installed Centos 5.4
Now I need a backup software
I am planning to backup the entire disk to a external USB drive let us call this backup A.
Next I plan to install another flavor of linux maybe ubuntu or Oracle linux 4.4 after going thru certain config and stuff I intend to take another backup and call this Backup B - this will also go to an external HDD
Now if I have a software (on CD) which can backup the drive and restore the drive without booting from the current config of the desktop it would be fantastic.
This is the solution I am looking for
I am sure that acronis can do exactly what I am asking for. But acronis is a paid software and you know I am a FREEBIE kinda person.
I hope that some FREE software exists which can backup/restore the complete drive including grub loader and partition info and everything.
And this software should run on its own - I boot from a cd and do the magic.
Since you make it a point to say FREE several times, why do you mention Oracle in this post?? That's certainly not free.
There are several threads on LQ that deal with this very question. Specifically, search for mkcdrec, systemimager, and mondoarchive. They will probably do what you're looking for.