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I would like to make a backup image of my Mepis setup now I have got it running just the way I would like.
I have K3B and Arson installed as burning software (I only have a CD burner on this machine, not DVD.
Can anyone walk me through the process of making this backup so that if I have a serious system screwup, I can reload it without having to do a fresh install and all the consequent package updates and installations all over again?
Could such a thing be a bootable CD? I am not familiar with this procedure, so will need simple explanations please.
You can use K3B to create and burn an .iso image of anything on your hd. Open K3B>select "new data cd project">drag-n-drop whatever directories you want to burn to the bottom right box>then select "burn"> check "only create image"> then select "burn". This will create an .iso in a temporary file and then burn the image to your cd. I hope this helps as I just did it and it worked fine. Good Luck, Woob
You can't really directly make an ISO of your system (aside from what woob said). You can create a partition image using partimge (it's similar to Symantec/Norton Ghost or Drive Image) and save that to a CD or DVD, network drive, or wherever.
Or, you could just create a tarball of a system and burn that to a CD or DVD.
Well,Woob, I followed your instructions to the letter but K3B gets part way along the image creation and then skips a lot of files, tells me it cannot access other files (even though I am doing this as root) then stops altogether with an error code 2, whatever that is.
Am I trying to copy the wrong files?
In KDar I select the default settings and Full backup option and it just crashes with a SIGSEV error (error 11, I think). When i click on the report details button, it tells me debugger cannot be found.
Thanks Kim, but I have been logged in as root for this whole process and K3B still has trouble, "do not have permission".....etc. I don't know how much more permission I could have!
I did mention that I have tried KDar too but when I choose the full backup option, KDar shuts down with a SIGSEV error,whatever that means.
I may have to create another partition, but I didn't realise it would be so hard to just back up an image to a few CDs, by creating an image in a folder (I have plenty of space) then burning it.
I am not interested in buying Ghost or indeed buying anything else - there is a lot of great stuff to be had through Synaptic and I would rather make use of some of them, as soon as I find out which one.
Just a thought. Cant you boot in using knoppix so that your harddrive isnt being accessed and then try using K3B in Knoppix to make an ISO of your hard drive? I dont know if you could restore using this procedure.
just use your mepis disk as a live cd. i used it yesterday to burn a new suse 9.3 dvd, all live, and the burn worked fine.
but no you can't use partimage or kdar or any of those to backup files that are being used, i.e. system files. you cannot copy the partition over to another one either if the orig. partitions files are being used. so its gotta be live.
i too was looking for a good way to remaster "the perfect mepis" setup, so that i never had to do it again. never figured it out though
Can you tell me more about your experience with Mondo? Did you actually run it on Mandriva as well. I have been trying to do this and have come up against numerous issues and errors. My last attmepts have resulted in the expected iso images, but they will not boot to the restore procedure correctly. Have you had success in this?