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Old 08-03-2005, 04:55 PM   #1
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linux windows xp ntfs fat32 backup

hi everyone
i'll try first to explain the situation...
my pc has actually two hard drives
one is windows xp with ntfs
the other is linux ext2

i crashed my linux box and i can't boot on stupid am i... lol
well anyway the data are still on the disk and i can mount it with the mandrake rescue boot...

i bought an external hard drive to do back up...
the hard drive is maxtor one touch usb 2.0/firewire 160 Go.
i want to back up on it both windows xp/ntfs and linux/ext2.
that's my problem.
how to do it knowing i have only access to linux in rescue mode under mandrake...?
what tools should i use?
what filesystem/partition on the back up disk?
can i use fat32 on the back up disk and read it under windows xp which is configured for ntfs?
or should i use linux rescue mode tools? that's not easy for me
thanks for the help and ideas...
Old 08-03-2005, 07:04 PM   #2
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the config and your personal data is usually the only important things to back up. All of the personal data is supposed to be in /home and the data in windows is in My Documents. The config for linux is in /etc, but you probably only want to save the stuff you had to pay special attention to when you configured your system. Some configs are in ~/.*, but you don't want to mess with those. Make sure you Export your bookmarks in firefox.

Now for your specific questions:
1. You can do everything you need to do in rescue if you need to be in it.
2. As for tools, cp in the CLI and the Konqueror file browser are my favorites.
3. Fat32 is universal, and your external drive is probably already formatted that way.
4. Linux rescue mode tools? not sure what you exactly mean...


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