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Old 06-20-2018, 07:42 PM   #1
RayTomes
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Making Linux on USB stick to back windows from laptop


Hi, my name is Ray Tomes and I'm 70 years old.

I've have a google pixel 1 phone for a couple of years so I know Android.

Recently I bought an HP Spectre X360 laptop with 1TB of SSD and running Windows 10 (I have a heap of stuff that needs Windows to run). I can't believe how fast it copies files from my phone to the laptop.

I'm coming in here today wanting help regarding backups of my laptop. I want to do an image backup to a USB disk of my entire laptop every couple of months with incremental backups every week or so. It seems to me that the best way is to boot from a USB stick with a small linux system having the backup program on it. Windows will not allow a proper image backup of itself. Can you please recommend suitable linux software to do this? It needs to be totally reliable, so although I prefer free, if needs be I will pay.

I suppose that it would be possible to make a small linux partition on my laptop, but it doesn't seem necessary.

Thanks
Ray
 
Old 06-20-2018, 09:21 PM   #2
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Hi Ray,

Welcome!

You can obtain a Linux installation iso, maybe Mint, or so. Put that on a USB flash drive. Boot with it. Put another USB flash drive into the computer, and install Linux Mint to it. That way you can boot with the installed Linux system and it will save changes you make, like installing programs.

Now, how do you want the backup to work? Do you want to be able to restore the backup and have the system be bootable, just like it was? Or do you want to back up only user data--which is difficult to replace--and reinstall the system from original DVDs?

For the former, clonzilla seems a pretty good choice. For the latter, I would say rsync looks pretty good.

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Old 06-20-2018, 09:34 PM   #3
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Now, how do you want the backup to work? Do you want to be able to restore the backup and have the system be bootable, just like it was? Or do you want to back up only user data--which is difficult to replace--and reinstall the system from original DVDs?

For the former, clonzilla seems a pretty good choice. For the latter, I would say rsync looks pretty good.
My laptop has no cd/dvd drive and no install disks. So it must make a bootable disk on restore.
Also I don't want to reinstall all my software ever.

I vaguely remember clonezilla from years ago. Will check that out, thanks.
Ray
 
Old 06-20-2018, 10:26 PM   #4
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Windows 10 has backup software and backup to Cloud. it has "fall back" configuring and can be re-installed. you should only be backing up (or restoring) your user data, pretty much - not the OS. i think some machines can store and restore "fastboot" images of runtime state (live apps) (that of course still requires the disk is backed up too). i think it's safe to say there ARE apps to help you do a total backup. (such as norton "Partition Magic", but perhaps windows has somethign built-in. i'm not a big win10 user myself)

Apple iMacs also has cloud save. Apple uses "time machine", very simple, and you practically can't kill the machine because it can restore itself off the internet.

I'm unsure why you'd be using Linux to back up a win10 machine. But it's safe to say a "live CD" (any of the major distro releases of linux or freebsd) (put on flash) could do that without doing any installation of linux on your part. but we don't know you have the skill to control all the operations necessary for "safe and complete backups", so i don't know what to say there.

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