That's a really good question
Originally Posted by stealth_banana
Why don't you use partimage ( http://www.partimage.org/
You can compresss the image.
Run it from a live cd and back up to another partition or external HD. When you want to restore, just chuck it back on. Quick and painless.
- one that I'm going to have to think about. I started using GParted back when I didn't know about all of the other Linux backup choices.
At one point, I did start using Partimage instead of GParted, but then I switched to using the GParted/Clonezilla bootable LiveCD
, because IIRC, Clonezilla uses Partimage, but Clonezilla adds some feature(s) of its own.
Unfortunately, even as recently as last month, Clonezilla insisted on rewriting GRUB on my MBR every time I restored my Linux root partition, EVEN when I told it NOT to. That messed up my Windows XP dual-boot's MBR every time, forcing me to repair XP's MBR and then manually reinstall GRUB every time. After a few times of doing that, I finally gave up on using Clonezilla, went back to using GParted, and (probably) forgot all about using Partimage itself.
So maybe it's time for me to take another look at using Partimage to image my Linux root partition. Thanks!