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Backing Up?

Post by BruceCM » Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:42 pm

It's got to be a stupid question but the search box says it can't look for it! Found 2 back up tools in Mint but the first won't work at all & the other won't back up to my disc. There must be a tool to back up the current Mint state so that, if needed, I don't have to reinstall from scratch? Got all my files done but there's quite a bit of software I've put on as well as the updates since I burned my Mint disc. I'm still very new to Linux at all, sorry. :?

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Re: Backing Up?

Post by RETNUH » Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:37 pm

Does Clonezilla fit your needs?
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Re: Backing Up?

Post by dwasifar » Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:44 pm

I think Remastersys would do what you're looking for: http://www.geekconnection.org/remastersys/

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Re: Backing Up?

Post by BruceCM » Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:55 pm

Clonezilla might work very well, if I could work out what to do after downloading either the zip or iso! No point having to run it from the disc drive I'd prefer to back up to, is there? Seems unduly complicated to me, sorry.For remastersys, I'd assume it's the Debian version I want? When I've added it to my software list, what then? It doesn't say! Seems to be intended for people who are more used to Linux than I am, sorry. :(

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Re: Backing Up?

Post by Gerd50 » Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:06 pm

An easy to use gui tool is qt4-fsarchiver - http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.p ... 89&start=0 -
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Re: Backing Up?

Post by caribriz » Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:16 pm

I think Remastersys would do what you're looking for
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I'm pretty new to linux and have successfully used Remastersys in "backup" mode to make a live dvd of my Mint 9 system.
It worked well - I reinstalled it to another partition on my hdd and am using it now.
I found it pretty easy to use, it has a straightforward gui - a couple of clicks and you're done.

It didn't include any data though - I have a separate data partition. Just backed up up the / partition with all my settings and software.
Remastersys has a limit of 4GB file, so keep that in mind if you want to include data files.

Other people have reported problems with it, but I haven't had any trouble so far.

For the live dvd to work, you need to have "ubiquity-gtk-frontend" installed in your system before you start to make a backup.
(that is, if you're using gnome, for kde you have to have "ubiquity-kde-frontend").

The good thing about it is you can make a live dvd and test it to make sure everything is how it should be before you might have to reinstall it.

Edit:
I added
"http://www.remastersys.com/repository lucid/" to Software Manager - Software Sources - Other Software.
Updated, then typed "remastersys" in the search bar. It came up and I installed version 3.0.0-1.

Edit 2#:
Just saw this on Remastersys website:
http://www.geekconnection.org/remastersys/ubuntu.html
Updated installing method for Ubuntu-based OS (not Debian)

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Re: Backing Up?

Post by BruceCM » Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:24 pm

Didn't seem to be able to get remastersys on here but I've just got qt4 & that seemed easier to install, at least. Thanks very much & I'll be sure to mark this as solved once I've used it. Or, of course, post further problems & questions, as needed. Thanks to all! :)

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Re: Backing Up?

Post by rdonnelly » Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:29 pm

Luckydog wrote:Does Clonezilla fit your needs?
X2 on Clonezilla, I can reinstall a backed up partition and be booted back up to a working system in 5 minutes. :mrgreen:
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Re: Backing Up?

Post by BruceCM » Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:22 pm

Sorry, going to need basic instructions or guidance where to get them. qt-4 talks about backing up a 'partition' but doesn't seem to be able to put it on a disc, anyway. Is it just me that finds this much more complicated than most things in Ubuntu & Linux Mint? :?

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Re: Backing Up?

Post by rdonnelly » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:04 am

BruceCM wrote:Sorry, going to need basic instructions or guidance where to get them. qt-4 talks about backing up a 'partition' but doesn't seem to be able to put it on a disc, anyway. Is it just me that finds this much more complicated than most things in Ubuntu & Linux Mint? :?
Try Clonezilla you need to burn it to a CD with Brasero, and boot the CD, then follow the prompts at boot. I installed my Clonezilla to a USB stick with Unetbootin.

Linux is a learning curve, just like Dos and Windoze once was for you.

Here is a simple list of commands I keep in Tomboy notes

sudo apt-get install program_name

apt-get remove program_name

gksudo (run gui apps as root)

chown (change owner of file)
chown -hR root /u Change the owner of /u and subfiles to "root".


sudo password root (to login as root)

CD (change directory)

RM (delete file)

MV (rename of move file)

Upgrade
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

q to quit dialog terminals during updates

After Updates run
sudo apt-get autoclean
sudo apt-get clean
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Re: Backing Up?

Post by caribriz » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:17 am

Have a look at this step-by-step illustrated tutorial on how to use Clonezilla:
http://geekyprojects.com/cloning/how-to ... -tutorial/

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Re: Backing Up?

Post by caribriz » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:03 am

Also, here is a (bit dated) youtube video on how to use Remastersys on Ubuntu - it's pretty much the same for Mint.

Learn how to backup your Ubuntu 10.04 system:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2RYe8tfSd8

It just gives an idea of how easy it is to use.

After he clicked ok in the video, Remastersys would have created a custom .iso file in /home/remastersys which you could then burn to make a live dvd with Brasero or other burning program.

As mentioned in the post above, the installation instructions have recently been updated on the Remastersys website.

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Re: Backing Up?

Post by BruceCM » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:13 am

Thanks, got CLonezilla onto disc now & will shortly try that! Seems easier than the other one, so far.

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Re: Backing Up?

Post by sagirfahmid3 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:44 pm

Relinux will do what you want. Just one problem: you need to type in some commands in the terminal, but it's easy enough!
http://lkubuntu.wordpress.com/2011/10/1 ... ur-system/

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Re: Backing Up?

Post by BruceCM » Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:19 am

Sorry, had various little problems. Never mind, thanks all the same. There's really not that much to 'back up' on here (other than personal files which, of course, I do back up regularly). No current purpose for me to struggle with those programs, which, for whatever reasons, I'm finding too difficult to use. :P

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