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Old 01-04-2009, 12:01 PM   #1
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back up world of warcraft directory

I use wine to run WOW on my Ubuntu Hardy machine.

I would like to back up my WOW installation directory (and if possible the version of wine i am running) and store on a different disk in case i lose my primary drive.

Could someone please explain how to achieve this in the most efficient manner? I would like to be able to untar, under a different kernel and play without any hassle.

My goal is to make recovery very easy in the event of loss of disk, corruption in filesystem etc.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-04-2009, 12:11 PM   #2
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About backing up the version of Wine, I think it's only feasible (will cause less hassle) if you compiled Wine yourself. You can back up the entire Wine setup if you make a backup copy of your ~/.wine directory - it will not just back up folder contents but the simulated Windows Registry settings (which installed programs may use) as well; but of course this assumes the default location of the Wine simulated C:\ drive at ~/.wine/drive_c, and assumes your WoW installation at C:\Program Files\Blizzard Entertainment\World of WarCraft (or something similar, I'm not familiar with WoW).

Hope this helps.
Old 01-04-2009, 12:32 PM   #3
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I make "regular" backups of my machines. (Don't we all? )
I have found that it is "best" to backup a disk that is not being used at all.

So I boot from a live CD.
I mount the partitions to be backed up.
I mount the backup device.
I make the backup using rsync (slow the first time [hours], but very fast subsequently [minutes]).

The first time I did this, I removed my HDD, and put in a clean one, and attempted to restore from a supposed catastrophic failure: The result was interesting - it was much more difficult than I had anticipated, but worked in the end, and I learnt a lot.

If you don't test your backup strategy, you do not know if it will work when you really need it. You have been warned. Better an afternoon testing than a lifetime's regret for personal data that is lost forever.


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