Originally Posted by mudasir.irfan
I have a laptop installed redhat 7 on it, I want to create backup (clone, image file) etc. If my system corrupt then simply I restore that image.
Kindly help me in this regard.
It sort of depends on what you really need... and the size of the system disk.
Making an image of 4TB disk requires another disk... and a LOT of time.
Frequently, it is faster to save the list of installed packages, and the configurations used. Then restore a base system... and reinstall the list, and restore configuration files.
If the system disk is only 20GB, maybe an image is enough.
for me, I just make tar file backups. That allows me to adjust partitioning if necessary, and then restore the backup. done. MUCH smaller, and it is possible to do it on-line (though using an otherwise idle system at the time of the backup). The only thing that has to be restored is the MBR.
The problem with dd created images is that it also copies all the unused blocks... and if the system has been in use for a while, those unused blocks will have relatively random junk values - making compression rather poor.