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vtel57 08-21-2006 02:36 PM

Best Backup Solutions?
Hello fellow computer enthusiasts!

I'm seeking information on a global backup solution for my multi-OS, multi-disk system. I need something that is EASY, reliable, and fast, with the ability to image entire partitions (NTFS, FAT, ext2-3, and Reiser file systems) and compress them to manageable sizes to store on a large (50Gig) archive partition on one of drives with later transfer to DVD.

A couple folks here and elsewhere have recommended the following to me:



What are your favorite backup solutions?

Thanks in advance for your input.


ramram29 08-21-2006 02:57 PM

For backup I create my own backup script using tar. I can also backup Windows folders this way by mounting them first. For cloning I use a combination of ssh, dd and gzip after booting with a Knoppix CD.

I found out that for Linux you really don't have to clone a hard disk. All you have to do to recover is reinstall the OS with all necessary programs then restore the configuration files. That's why it's always a good idea to keep a log of programs setup for a production server. It's not in Windows where the registry makes it impossible to restore unless you use ghost.

Backups and restores are very easy in Linux; and with ssh, dd and gzip you can also clone a Windows disk remotely. That's one of the things I love about administering even Windows networks preferebly with Linux.

vtel57 08-21-2006 03:17 PM

Thanks for your reply, Ram. I'm pretty much a Linux newbie, so I'm going to have to investigate your solutions a bit deeper. :)



ramram29 08-21-2006 03:34 PM

For you I recommend the book "Knoppix Hacks" and "Linux Hacks". There's a couple of good and easy sections on how to do backup and cloning in a Linux/Windows environment.

alisou 08-21-2006 05:32 PM

Hi all,
See at this adress: ddbackup_org
DDbackup LiveCD, it's a new livecd for create/restore yours backups of yours hard disks, partitions and files.

alisou, :-)

vtel57 08-21-2006 06:54 PM

Thanks! I'll check out DDbackup and the books mentioned. Another book? Sheeesh! I'm hip deep in Linux books over here now. Heh! :)


amitsharma_26 08-21-2006 08:31 PM

Try rsync; it can synchronise any two folders(let it be local-local, local-remote, remote-remote); incrementaly. It can also handle open databases. Its fast too.

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