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Old 07-19-2006, 09:20 PM   #1
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Live backup direct on CD/DVD

Hi folks,

I'm search for crossplatform, preferrable, live backup FOSS which can backup the complete drive including OS and data direct on CD/DVD. Sourceforge and Freshmeat brought me some suggestion but not ideal. Advise would be appreciated. TIA

Old 07-21-2006, 07:47 AM   #2
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I used to do something like that, not exactly though, a while back when I was working at one place where they needed a certain backup-system. Well I had a lot of other work to do so I only managed to create a brutal beginning for them, and in the end another person took the job to continue. I myself just wrapped certain Linux tools in a script that eventually did the backup pseudo-automatically, but it really wasn't a shining nice one. I used cdrecord (DVDs didn't belong to that project), cpio and such normal tools and wrote the script/interface myself..well at least it was a working one, if not the most user-friendly, and I hope my follower had time to turn it into a better one or did a better one

I just think that's not what you're thinking, right? But anyway, depending on what you exactly want to do, you could do the same; use the existing simple tools to create something bit more complex (some say this is a "Unix philosophy").

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Old 07-21-2006, 10:01 AM   #3
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Hi b0uncer,

I'm thinking using tar, growisofs, cdrecord etc., those simple tools to do the job. I have been using tar to backup data for sometimes and burn the compressed tarballs on CD/DVD. The operation is simple and straightforwards without the need of 3rd party backup software. Restore is also simple.

At the same time I also search whether there are such Live backup software available on FOSS avoiding to re-invent a wheel.



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