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Old 09-10-2006, 11:18 AM   #1
cbjhawks
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Looking for backup solutions/ideas...somewhat long


I have three HD's on my system:
C: = 80GB half is XP and half is OpenSuSE10.0
D: = 200GB backup for Norton Ghost images (XP and Linux)
E: = 250GB secondary backup for D:

I use Ghost to backup the XP partition and it works just fine (only one partition)...it results in "only" one file. But when it comes to linux (having the following partitions= / /home /boot /swap) I dont
have just one single file. It varies, but most of the time when I backup
linux there will be 3 files. On a XP restore operation, I choose the file I want and it rewrites the existing partition and all is well. I cant seem to be able to do that with Ghost. It allows me to choose a 'single' linux partition at a time but not all 4 of them at once...I dont want to restore each partition separately I want to do them as one file...thoughts?

Other linux backup solutions are out there I know and I've checked a few but all of them seem to be overkill for my simple setup. I simply just want to 'copy' my / to my D: (its mounted already)...and of course I need a program with a solid restore option. Again thoughts....?

Thanks...
 
Old 09-10-2006, 12:03 PM   #2
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Have a look at Dar (http://dar.linux.free.fr/), and the GUI frontend Kdar.

Mount all partitions you want in the backup (for this example, one distro). Build your script to start at the root of the filesystem (/), and all mounted partitions in that filesystem (/, /boot, /home, /usr, or any others you may have) will be included in the backup.

Convince yourself it's all there by listing the backup. The TUTORIAL tells all. What goes into the script, how to list it, how to restore, etc.

Control Center - yast2 - software - install and remove. you may have dar and kdar on installation cd/dvd.

Last edited by bigrigdriver; 09-10-2006 at 12:04 PM.
 
Old 09-11-2006, 09:08 AM   #3
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bigrigdriver...sounds like a solid

program...what dependencies should I expect? Are all the files I need for Dar and KDar included in the tar/rpm/bz2 files? Will OpenSuSE10.0 have the necessary compliers(sp?)...thats been an issue with my distro.
 
Old 09-11-2006, 02:20 PM   #4
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Go into Control Center -> YaST2 -> Software -> Install and Remove. Click the Administrator button and supply the root password. When the next screen comes up, go to the Search dropdown and select Package Groups. Scroll down to the bottom and click on zzzall. Scroll to the d's and you may be suprised to find that Dar in on the installation media (Kdar also).

If not, Dar is selfcontained as I recall. No dependency problems. Don't know about kdars dependencies off hand.
 
Old 09-11-2006, 05:43 PM   #5
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hey bigrigdriver...you were correct

found both dar and kdar on medium and they installed just fine...looking forward to trying the program...thanks again.
 
  


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