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Re: Best program for backup/imaging of Linux system partition

Post by deepakdeshp » Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:48 pm

mbott001 wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:51 pm
Chromie wrote:
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I tried Clonezilla, and it did seem to work. But the design and UI is really obscure. I'm not sure I trust it.
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Clonezilla has saved my bacon several times. Anywhere from partitions to whole drives have been restored with Clonezilla. Not sure what I would trust without having Clonezilla.

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+1 , for backup Clonezilla is one of the best
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Re: Best program for backup/imaging of Linux system partition

Post by jglen490 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:48 pm

Timeshift captures change only. It is a reliability application since it's possible to rollback to a prior position if a change causes instability problem.

A true backup allows the user to capture data from entire filesystems, or directories, or devices for maintainability and sustainability in the event of partial or even catastophic loss. I use rsync, others use Grsync, others Timeshift/Backintime/Luckybackup and even some very pricey solutions. The key to a proper backup is that it copy data to a removable external drive usually via a USB connection. The best solution makes use of offsite storage such as a fire/water resistant safe, or a bank safe deposit box.
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Re: Best program for backup/imaging of Linux system partition

Post by Chromie » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:18 am

Re Macrum: I have used Macrium for Windows backups in the past. It seems to be current best of breed.

I had already created a Macrum USB boot drive, so I used it to image the boot drive on one of my Linux systems. It seems to understand ext- partitions, and it did allow deselecting the large swap partition, so it did not require imaging the entire drive.

Of course I have not used it for restore, so I can't confirm that it will work. But it seems to be the user-friendliest up-to-date program. I intend to image with Clonezilla as well, just to make sure. But that is an obscure UI, with some misleading and cryptic prompts. It would be nice to see a professionally coded upgrade to the UI, since it apparently works for those who know it.

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Re: Best program for backup/imaging of Linux system partition

Post by AndyMH » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:49 am

Of course I have not used it for restore, so I can't confirm that it will work.
I've used it to clone HDD to SSD on a mint installation. It worked.
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Re: Best program for backup/imaging of Linux system partition

Post by deepakdeshp » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:47 am

AndyMH wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:49 am
Of course I have not used it for restore, so I can't confirm that it will work.
I've used it to clone HDD to SSD on a mint installation. It worked.
The uuids instance would be different. What all changes did you do after the restore?
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Re: Best program for backup/imaging of Linux system partition

Post by AndyMH » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:53 am

The uuids instance would be different. What all changes did you do after the restore?
None. HDD was internal, SSD external with a usb to sata adaptor. Then swapped out the HDD and replaced with SSD. I've also had both drives connected and no problems booting off either. I had also thought that I might have a problem with two drives and same partition UUIDs, but didn't.
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Re: Best program for backup/imaging of Linux system partition

Post by carum carvi » Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:59 am

JerryF wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:13 pm
The Disks utility will image a partition, so that's a good place to start. It's already included with Mint.
I never knew it was possible to make an image of a partition / disk with the LinuxMint program "Disks". I tried it and it works great. Very easy in use. With a great graphical user interface. Myself being a complete newbie, I made some beginner mistakes, like forgetting to give my new external harddisc read / write permissions. But when I had done that I could easily make an image partition with the already installed progam in LinuxMint called "Disks". Thanks for that tip JerryF.

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Re: Best program for backup/imaging of Linux system partition

Post by mdurham » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:19 pm

The best is 'Apart'. It's fast and economic, only copies the used sectors. It also works on a windows partition.

https://github.com/alexheretic/apart-gtk/releases

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