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How to backup data and OS

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I want to create a backup for myself. How to do this? Disk CLoning software?

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If you want a complete

If you want a complete backup with everything I think PartImage would be a good solution.

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Joined: 2005-12-20
You can use a tool like

You can use a tool like tar, to back up each of your filesystems, and then use blowfish to encrypt it. This would let you keep compressed files of each of your filesystems, like /etc, /, /var etc...

Then you can compress your /home filesystem and keep all of your files.

This way, if any of them fail you can just replace them.

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ehh

That works, but PartImage is easier and probably faster.

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what's wrong with dd ?

what's wrong with dd ?

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dd
free-zombie wrote:

what's wrong with dd ?

Perhaps that you haven't written a newbie friendly explanation of how to use it yet? Eye

Also, it's not very space efficient.

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copies emptiness

It copies everything, including empty space. PartImage skips over that.

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partimage is great

Yes, partimage is great, I was trying out FreeBSD so I did a backup of Windows partition to install FreeBSD there. Partimage backuped 7GB of data from a 15GB partition in about 20 minutes and compressed it down to 2.5GB. After I was done playing with FreeBSD I restored Windows, it took only about 20 minutes again. Very good tool.

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thanks

still wrapping around this issue.

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Partlmage is definitely the

Partlmage is definitely the simplest solution...or you could burn everything to a dvd lol...or should I say an expensive bluray disc or HD-DVD...

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Joined: 2006-03-28
Well, with the

Well, with the Linux-Live-scripts you could make a LiveCD/-DVD of it. Compression isn't bad, my whole system, which takes up around 10GB, would be compressed down to the size of a single-layer DVD, around 4GB.
Best thing is that you can even boot and use it.