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Old 09-19-2004, 06:01 AM   #1
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Full backup - "ghost-like"


I have finally succeded in installing and configuring my laptop with Mandrake 10. Its configuration is perfect.

I would like to have a full backup of the current installation, something similar to what is available with Ghost (windows).

Is there a similar tool available for Linux?

I am interrested in having an image of system partitions as well as for data? If possible on a backup server of via multiple CD's

Thanks in advance for your help ...


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Old 09-19-2004, 06:16 AM   #2
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You can use all sorts of things, like 'dd' or 'cp -a'' or 'tar' - depends on what you want to do.

I have multiple disks and copy the entire /home directory across to the partitions on another drive. Key files are burned to cd or DVD of course.... I sometimes copy the entire OS across as well, partly as backup or mostly to go to a bigger partition but mostly I install a new version of the OS on a new partition and keep the old while I set up the new one. But then I don't find most of the config is all that hard - though it can take a couple of weeks of part time tweaking to get every detail just right.

You probably don't need a backup of the OS that is 100% current, as long as you can boot it and it has most of the config.


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