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Old 07-02-2007, 10:51 PM   #1
Scotty1982
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Question Wondering how to make a full system backup...?


Hi, I was wondering if there's a easy way to make a full system backup. it would be best if it's on one of my extra HDD's (i have 2 extra 40GB HDD's sitting on top of my PC. i'm sure it wouldn't take more than 1 of them.) it also would be best if it could automatically update once in a while. and it would need to be bootable incase i need to restore it.

I am really new to linux, i have only been using it for about 4 days, but i have been able to get it to do almoast everything i want my PC to do (only have wireless LAN left), which is wonderful, but i don't ever want to have to set it up again ('cuz, being new to linux, it was a pain!).

i don't know if there are any programs that can set this all up for me. i used to use Norton Ghost in windows. but if there are i'd need them to be free or cheap, 'cuz i don't have a big budget right now.

any help with this would be highly appreciated. i don't fully understand how to do many things in linux yet, but i'm trying to make the switch from windows.

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Old 07-02-2007, 11:14 PM   #2
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The equivalent of Symantec Norton Ghost is called partimage. It will make a full backup of a partition. You probably already have it installed but I would recommend booting a live CD/DVD and making the backup that way.

Your backup drive does not have to be bootable. You can boot a live CD/DVD to use partimage to restore the partimage backup file to bare metal. I did this recently so I know it works.
 
Old 07-02-2007, 11:29 PM   #3
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Thanks! i actually just found the guide section (first time on this site) and i'm downloading Clonezilla Live right now. if that doesn't work out i'll try out partimage.

Thanks again!
~Scott

:EDIT:
got it working with the SystemRescueCD. it's a bit easier for a noob like me, boots up to a command line where you type startx to start the GUI, then all i had to do is figure out how to mount my spare HDD using the terminal 'cuz it doesn't come with a file browser installed. didn't take too long, did it with:
mount -t ext3 /dev/hdb1 /mnt/mkdir/
then i just had to figure out how to use PartImage.

if anyone else wants to try out the SystemRescueCD, you can get a .iso to burn here:
http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page

Thanks again for the help!
~Scott

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