Thanks to all for the responses!
Originally Posted by craigevil
Try downloading and using Clonezilla
, it is a livecd made for creating and restoring backups.
Downloaded Clonezilla and made a backup of the debian partitions this morning. I assume the restore process is a reverse of the backup??
The real question is what do you keep messing up that you have to reinstall?
Linux is a bucket-list item for me. I am 70 years old.
Bought first computer in 1983, a CP/M system and migrated to MS-Dos/windows when MS beat out Digital Research with IBM. Since 1995, every 6-10 months I make a run at Linux usually giving up in disgust after 2 to 4 weeks. Working on it 10 weeks this time.
Why I have to re-install so often.
Ended up with a spare machine. I want to build a "Swiss Knife" computer using Win-7 on one disk (750 GB) with a virtual box installation to play with linux distros. On the second drive (1 TB) several distros of linux installed. Debian, PCLOS, Slackware, ARCH and Gentoo. Debian is primary distro and will add Virtual box to it.
Many of the installs involve learning how to boot multiple distros. Learning about logical partitions and installing GRUB/LILO to the / directory instead of MBR. I use Easybsd for booting the different distros. My puppy-linux on a USB has been a great help. Hoping for the same results with Clonezilla.
Installing non-free drivers for graphics card is the current sticking point. I had them installed on one installation, but the next thing I attempted (backing up the system) caused the crash.
Visited the link. Only two links on the first 2 pages that I had not read.