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    Making a Ghost image of hard drive

    Hi guys,

    Is there a software utility out there for Ubuntu that can make a backup of the hard drive my Ubuntu 10.4 is installed on?

    I have used Symantec Norton Ghost for Windows before. Is there a similar program for Ubuntu?

    I would also like to use the backup of the hard drive to reinstall on the same drive after a format.

    Also, what would happen to the GRUB loader if I were to copy it back onto the hard drive?

    Thanks,

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    Re: Making a Ghost image of hard drive

    http://clonezilla.org/

    I have imaged drives with multiple partitions / OSes without problems.

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    Re: Making a Ghost image of hard drive

    Thanks for your reply nevius.

    What state would GRUB be in if I were to:

    1. Image the drive
    2. Format the drive
    3. Install the image back onto the drive

    I'm really firing in the dark on this one, but could I install the image back onto the drive and using the LiveCD reinstall GRUB?

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    Re: Making a Ghost image of hard drive

    why do you want to format the drive? Clonezilla will just restore the disk as it was before but I don't think it touches the MBR.

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    Re: Making a Ghost image of hard drive

    clonezilla should put your grub settings back, but yes, you could always use a live cd and do a grub-install that way.

    I've used the simple dd to make a backup of a linux image, even cp -paRF / to another drive and back again worked after reinstalling grub.

    The newer versions of ghost support linux drives if you have a copy of ghost. ghost4linux and clonezilla both work great though, and you can use the parted magic live cd to boot up and run ghost4linux.

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    Re: Making a Ghost image of hard drive

    Because I want to make sure that Clonezilla can do it properly and that I can do it right.

    And if my hard drive ever fails I can install the image onto a new one.

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    Re: Making a Ghost image of hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan-Robinson View Post
    Because I want to make sure that Clonezilla can do it properly and that I can do it right.

    And if my hard drive ever fails I can install the image onto a new one.
    fair enough.

    Thinking about it, when I used clonezilla and I changed my hardrive over in my laptop it did copy grub and the MBR over ok. But I presume it only does this if you choose the "entire disk" option rather than choosing an individual partition.

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