"I haven't found an easier way to backup Linux yet."
Why all the extra work and hoops to jump thru? is Acronis 2013 in Windows 7 free?
No OS required and boot from CD or usb with Redo Backup.http://redobackup.org/
I can choose which partitions Win 7 or Winxp or both or all including Linux partitions or just the linux partitions.
and restore just as easy. It like 4 or 5 clicks point to target or source and done easy peasy.
Orbmiser, I know you know what you are doing, but have you ever tried restoring any partitions with redobackup? I can only assume that you haven't because it isn't possible.
Here is one example post from their forum, but there are dozens of people shouting about it (and a lot of them have lost data like whole partitions because of this software): http://sourceforge.net/p/redobackup/dis ... /b1649251/
The point is that if you choose to restore only your Win7 partition, your XP partition will be erased and vice versa.
I tried this software myself and it is dangerous. If you only want a whole disk backup it is fine, but if you choose individual partitions it will trash your drive because when it restores one partition it deletes all the others. Seriously, it does, have a read through that forum and you will see what I mean. Or if you don't believe them and me just try restoring a single partition and see what options it gives you. It only has one and that is to restore to a disk not a partition.
If you want a 'whole disk' backup and restore this software is fine, for individual partitions you need Clonezilla or Qt4-fsarchiver (and the latter is much easier).
And in answer to the OP Acronis doesn't work either, it used to, quite will in fact, but it stopped working properly some years ago. The only sensible choices are the two I have given above. Of those Clonezilla is the only one that will image everything, because Qt4-fsarchiver cannot image Fat partitions (although it can do ntfs).
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