Best Application to Backup / Restore Entire Ubuntu System ?
bqz69 at telia.com
Sat Jan 2 19:35:42 UTC 2010
> i want an application that is
> best in the linux world that does backup / restore.
I usually have my ubuntu on one partition of 30 gb
I always make backup of my partitions using puppy and the dd command -
puppy also have the gparted program installed.
I would use a puppy live cd for the dd operations, because it has a very
easy to use interface (I find), and is very fast, also check
www.minihowto.org out to see some screenshots of puppy
That is, you would have to download a puppy iso image (big file) and burn
it into a live cd (I use k3b)
Download from here: http://www.puppylinux.com/download/
Seen from puppy, in order to backup partition 1:
dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/mnt/sdb1/backup1.img
/dev/sda1 is partition 1 of the first harddisk
backup1.img is a file containing the backup'ed partition, you could call
it something else.
In order to restore backup1.img onto partition 1:
dd if=/mnt/sdb1/backup1.img of=/dev/sda1
My partition size for my ubuntu is 30 gb, and takes about 30 minutes to
backup/restore - and dd really does not care what filesystems you have on
the partition, in a way it clones the partition.
You could even backup the whole harddisk (/dev/sda), but if the harddisk
is big it could take a fairly long time - but dd really is easy to use I
See also "man dd"
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