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create backup installation disk of whole system.

Postby psycopanther on Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:36 pm

i just got through installing kde mint 6 and got all the wireless and everything workin. is there a way to make a backup installation disk that i can just pop in and install my system back to where it is now if i screw it up and need to format and start over. :) i'm new to this but i am trying to dive in and force myself off the big nipples of microsoft. :) thanks!
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Re: create backup installation disk of whole system.

Postby Husse on Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:46 am

If you can burn a DVD you can use some ghosting software
I use partimage to back up to a backup hard disk, you can reduce the size to about 60 % of the original
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Re: create backup installation disk of whole system.

Postby DataMan on Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:11 pm

To expand a bit on Husse's response, I've put together a small tech paper on my backup strategy. At the tail end of the article, I've provided some content on the use of Partimage. The article can be found in the Backup Strategy at:
http://www.boomerclan.info/techpaperslx.html.

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Re: create backup installation disk of whole system.

Postby Husse on Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:48 pm

And thinking of it there's an excellent topic in the How to section of the forum called something like Backup the Unix way
and also in the forum Fred has, I think, written some guide about it
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Re: create backup installation disk of whole system.

Postby gewitty on Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:18 pm

You might also take a look at Clonezilla - www.clonezilla.org - I use this and find it pretty easy to create a complete backup image of my entire system.
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Re: create backup installation disk of whole system.

Postby viking777 on Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:24 pm

Yeah, I use clonezilla as well, it is very reliable, but I would never associate the adjective 'easy' with it - unless of course you compare it to partimage. Both of them need to be ripped apart and rebuilt by humans.
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Re: create backup installation disk of whole system.

Postby itsmagic on Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:49 pm

I use lvm2 for all my installations. Once you get used to it, it solves a lot of problems. Creating new partitions (logicial volumes to be precise), expanding partition deleting or resizing them becomes very easy. You can also take snapshots from a running system and tar/burn them for backup. Here is a very good howto: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/LVM-HOWTO
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