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Hello, so i've just finished setting up my main partition. I would like to do some experimental things that have the potential to make my main partition unbootable. Instead of risking that, i would prefer to clone the partition onto my second partition and tamper with the clone instead.
My problem is, that my main partition is about 65 gb, while my secondary partition is only about 60 gb. I tried using clonezilla but it wouldn't work because the source is larger than the target. Only about 18 gb of the 65 have been used, so theoretically i'd think it's possible to do what i desire, but i just don't know how.
Did you read the very first bullet point under "Limitations:" on the Clonezilla home page ?.
In situations like this I prefer to use a filesystem aware tool - say "cp" or "rsync" - from a liveCD. You'll have to probably update the bootloader, but you were probably going to need to do that anyway.
The destination partition must be equal or larger than the source one.
I think its only applicable for device-to-device cloning. In the event destination partition is less than source partition, then the option 'Device-to-Image', and then subsequently under 'SaveParts' selecting the required partition(s) to backup can be done.
Note: I have never restored root (/) partition, so i cant confirm it will work (device-image). Please try in Virtual Machine before applying to live machine.
Well, i booted up gparted and used cp, re-set up lilo from the Slackware install media and it booted. Great. thank you.
To anyone else whom might read this with the same intention, don't forget to edit your fstab before booting, i didn't and it corrupted my main partition; luckily i had made a backup earlier that day with Clonezilla.
Another thing I meant to mention is fsarchiver - good if you want a verified backup for "long-term" storage. Not that useful as a day-to-day backup, but might be a good fit here. I use it when screwing with partition setups, and may need to rebuild a system back to where it was on a different partition/filesystem type.