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Old 11-26-2006, 11:27 PM   #1
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A backup utility like Acronis true image

Hello everyone,

After a few too many problems with windows a friend of mine has decided to give Linux a try. He is currently using a program called Acronis true image, and is hooked on it.

So what I am looking for and can't seem to find is a linux alternative, with the same ease of backing up and restoring the complete filesystem from an external drive.

Essentially the way I see it should work is;

Completely install the system, take a fresh image of the drive. Save the image to an external HD, and then every week weeks erase the drive completely and replace with the fresh system image.

Any help would be great.
Old 11-26-2006, 11:46 PM   #2
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Acronis knows about several Linux filesystems:
Supported File Systems

* FAT16/32, NTFS, Linux Ext2, Ext3, ReiserFS, and Linux SWAP
* Special sector-by-sector support for other partitions and corrupted file systems
More at: ... cheers, makyo
Old 11-27-2006, 01:15 AM   #3
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Thanks Makyo, I looked at that, but I wasn't sure how you'd get a windows program running on Linux. I emailed acronis and asked them which product would do what I need and they suggested the Linux Server, however that is 499.99 or something. So I figured that acronis itself wouldn't work. I'll take another look at acronis though in case I missed something (certainly wouldn't be the first time ), however, if there are any other suggestions, or if anyone knows where I may start to look for a super simple backup, wipe, restore method I'd be gratefull.

Thanks for any and all help.

Old 11-27-2006, 01:22 AM   #4
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OK, so I was wrong..errr.. right. I did miss something. It appears that it can be run from a boot disk, and handles Linux filesystems. Thanks for the help Makyo. You rule.



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