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Old 08-29-2004, 08:45 PM   #1
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can I backup linux files??<linuxnewb

running mandrake 9.1 bamboo

My question is can I make a boot cd/zipdisk or a cd/zipdisk that can have all the same settings,codecs,firefox. installed...ect that I have on my machine. I have had to reinstall linux 3 times and I have to setup everything all over. I want to know is there a way that if my harddrive got wiped out or I had to reinstall linux again for some reason that I could just stick cd or disk in the drive and all my installations, passwds, ect.. be the way they are now. I would hate to have a years worth of libs and watnot installed and then have to start with konquer the explorer and not bit torrent programs. I believe I have heard this can be done somehow. if anybody can help please reply. also I don't think this subject has been here before, but I didn't stripsearch the site.Thanks
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You may find that one CD won't do, but there's a few
projects that will allow you to split a backup over several
CDs (or DVDs) ...

mondo rescue probably being the most mature.

Have a search on and search for
other options :)

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If I may make a suggestion? You have apps you can install from cd. You have config files in /etc which you tweaked after installing from cd. You have individual user directories and files in /home. Is it really necessary to backup everything? Why not leave out anything you can reinstall from cd, and just backup what you did after initial installation, such as your /home and /etc directories? If reinstall is required, do so from cd, then restore /home and /etc from a backup file.


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