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Old 11-07-2005, 11:07 PM   #1
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a round about way of defragging Linux, and at the same time, creating a system backup

Is it possible to back up your Linux drive to CD, or DVD? And then copy it back, file by file to a fresh HDD? I guess the question i'm asking is this. Does Linux, of any flavor, rely on files being at certain locations on your HDD, like Windoze seems too?
I was thinking of "backing up", and eventually, defragging my "used and abused" Linux drive.
Using a program like CDTAR.
Old 11-08-2005, 12:45 AM   #2
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If you are using ext3 or reiserfs, you don't need to defrag to begin with. Back ups would be good though, in case your drive were to fail.

If you search around, you will find a lot of gurus saying you do not need to defrag. This is Linux, not windoze. No defraging, no viruses, no rebooting to speed up your rig or any of that crap. Just run it and be amazed.


If you really do a search, but my name in the user name field and search for defrag. There should be a thread with some links in it you can read.
Old 11-08-2005, 05:12 AM   #3
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You can use symantec ghost to make an image of the drive and burn to cd/dvd. there is also g4u (ghost for unix) supposed to make a byte by byte image of your drive, I've never used g4u before on symantec ghost.
Old 11-08-2005, 06:29 AM   #4
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A simple tar/untar will do. Then don't forget to reinstall the boot-loader.



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