Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.


  Search this Thread
Old 11-27-2004, 10:43 PM   #1
Registered: Oct 2002
Distribution: Debian 6.0.2 (squeeze)
Posts: 944

Rep: Reputation: 30
Question Backup options

I am trying to backup my system, but I'm running into a few difficulties with the methods I've looked into. I'd like to get a backup of my whole HD (8 gig NTFS windows partition, 22 gig linux partition, and 2 gig vfat partition). I've looked into partimage, but even if I move all the files on the vfat partition to the linux one, there still won't be enough room to save an image there. I don't want to try to write to NTFS (if that's even possible), and saving over the network isn't going to work since no one here has a linux box or windows with vfat instead of NTFS. What options are available to me? There has to be a way to get a backup without spending hundreds (thousands?) of dollars on a tape drive or something like that. Thanks in advance.
Old 11-28-2004, 12:14 AM   #2
Registered: Jul 2004
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Distribution: #! Korora
Posts: 472

Rep: Reputation: 30
Maybe something here will help. Never used any, so don't
know how good are they. I used a CD Writer and burn onto
a CD-R.

Backup - HowTo (rsync) (Linux Backups mini-FAQ) (rsync) (ssh) (Linux Backup Softwares)

Backups (non-commercial; rsnapshot) (non-commercial; Partition Image) (non-commercial; cdtar) (non-commercial; xsitecopy)

Old 11-28-2004, 01:11 AM   #3
Registered: Oct 2002
Distribution: Debian 6.0.2 (squeeze)
Posts: 944

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Those look like very useful links and I learned quite a bit just skimming them. Considering what was mentioned there, I should probably clarify what I'm trying to backup.

Later on I'll consider doing partial backups of things like /etc so that if something gets accidentally deleted or I need to look at past copies of a file they will be available. However, what I'd like to do now is create an image of the entire system so that, theoretically, I could experience a hardware failure in this drive, get a new one, partition it as I did before, and restore these images to get a running system again.

The main reason I want to do this now is because I'm going to try to upgrade from Slack 9.1 to 10, and I don't trust myself upgrading so many individual packages, changing config files, dealing with new things like Xorg, etc. without the chance to go back to a previous snapshot if I end up trashing the system. I might be a little overly paranoid or retaining a windows mindset (if you mess it up, wipe it all out and start over), but it's always good to be extra cautious I think.

So let's restrict the question a bit... how can I make a ghost/image of entire partitions (I assume onto multiple CDs) in my current situation?


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Partition Image backup options c0uchm0nster Linux - Enterprise 3 05-16-2005 10:27 PM
backup options for Linux cbriscoejr Linux - Software 2 11-04-2004 06:26 PM
Backup Options? Snump Linux - Hardware 7 10-02-2004 10:34 PM
Kernel 2.6.2 options question - LOCKED options ? tvojvodi Linux - General 0 02-17-2004 05:23 AM
Server Backup Options? Rackemup Linux - General 4 05-24-2001 07:13 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:25 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration