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Thread: Is there a way to save a copy of your bottable usb drive?

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    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Oakland, CA
    Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

    Is there a way to save a copy of your bottable usb drive?

    I saw this product for windows and wondering if there was something for Ubuntu that allowed you to save a copy of your own configured persistent live bootable UST onto another USB drive. I would be nice to have another copy of my system.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Porirua, New Zealand

    Re: Is there a way to save a copy of your bottable usb drive?

    I came to this thread out of curiosity about "bottable" usb drives......

    Perhaps others might come up with a better method, but my thought would be that one way is to make a "custom" live CD using Remastersys, and then use the "usb startup disk creator" to put it on to USB drive.
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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

    Re: Is there a way to save a copy of your bottable usb drive?

    Ok, I'm confused: You ask about copying USB to USB, but give a link to yet another backup utility for a Win box hard drive system.

    So I'll give it a shot at untangling these two very different things

    As to copying an install of Ubuntu to a USB thumb drive, with persistence, it's as simple as running the dd command:
    dd if=/dev/sdX of=/dev/sdY
    where /dev/sdX is the device name of the "source" USB drive and /dev/sdY is the device name of the USB drive you wish to copy to. I said thumb drive above, that command will work on USB external hard drives - if you're patient. For 1, 2 4GB flash drives it completes reasonably quick (minutes). For a 1TB external - you'll be waiting hours.

    Note that you'll do this NOT from the flash drive, use a box with Ubuntu on it (or booted from a Live CD) and unmount both drives after you plug them in.

    Note also the drive should be the same size as it's a byte for byte copy. Not that there's anything wrong with having a copy drive that's larger - obviously it can't be smaller - but for example a 2GB source copied to a 4GB will appear as a 2GB. You could reclaim the extra 2GB with gparted - but then it wouldn't be an exact copy.

    As to backup solutions sporting USB boot recovery: I do exactly that via System Rescue CD (on a USB thumb drive) and use partimage to do a full backup to an external USB connected hard drive. An Ubuntu Live CD could also be used, I prefer the System Rescue CD because it's a Swiss Army Knife of system recovery tools, the Ubuntu Live CD is somewhat limited (can't run totally in RAM, for example).
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