I have a root and /home partition and only back up the root with my backup program, which I save on the /home partition and on another computer. This keeps the backup file to only about 3 GB and the procedure is quick, under 3 minutes. I make additional backups whenever I make a major change to my system, such as installing a new video driver.
If you are going to have a crash, then it will be from a problem on your root partition. Heck, you can delete all the content in you /home partition, except you can't delete the desktop folder, and still be able to get to the desktop upon restarting.
The /home partition can get very large with the backup partition image files and all the other documents, music, and video files so I just manually back them up as these files are added, using a USB flash drive or over my network to another computer.
However, if you make frequent changes to many files or additions in certain folders then using a backup program for those folders may be better.
Redo Backup definitely has a lot easier interface to use. Strangely, when there is more than one partition, it allows you to select an individual partition to back up but when you go to restore the partition, then there is no listing of each partition in the "select destination" window, just the whole drive, and then come the warning messages.
Also, if I tried to start Redo Backup with a USB flash drive already connected, then it would start with one drive but not with another. I would have to start the program first and then attach the drive. This didn't happen with Clonezilla.
With Clonezilla there is one screen that could be really confusing to some. It's the "Advanced extra parameter screen", where you can choose to have the file system checked and repaired first. The default selection is to skip this part. However, I found that almost all of the time the backup procedure would start but then stop, with the message “Failed to use partclone program to save or restore an image”. There was supposedly a log file generated in "/var/log" but I never found one. I finally figured out that you should always choose the check and repair option. It's amazing how there are almost always one or more errors found. Even when I do subsequent backups there usually are more errors found. I seldom saw this using backup programs in Windows.
Also, if you select the /home partition to store your backup, then you are limited to just three locations.
So if you are backing up the whole drive, then try out Redo Backup, but if you just want to backup one partition in the drive like I do, then use Clonezilla.
Last edited by roblm
on Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:02 am, edited 1 time in total.