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    Backing up and restoring Ubuntu

    Hi

    Is there a way I can backup my Ubuntu 10.10 OS onto a external drive and then restore it like in windows? I have lots of stuff installed on Ubuntu and do not want to re-download all of that.

    Thanks

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    Re: Backing up and restoring Ubuntu

    There are a number of Linux apps you can use for this, and everyone has their own preferences, but for what you want to do, I would recommend checking out Clonezilla.

    Download the ISO file, burn it to CD. Boot from that and use it to image your Ubuntu install to an external drive.

    You can also install Clonezilla on your hard drive so you don't need the CD. It's a fair amount of work to do that -- read the details at the Clonezilla website for instructions.

    Unlike in MS Windows, however, you can't do an image backup while the OS is running; instead, you will have to boot into Clonezilla to do that.
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    Re: Backing up and restoring Ubuntu

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    Re: Backing up and restoring Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    There are a number of Linux apps you can use for this, and everyone has their own preferences, but for what you want to do, I would recommend checking out Clonezilla.

    Download the ISO file, burn it to CD. Boot from that and use it to image your Ubuntu install to an external drive.

    You can also install Clonezilla on your hard drive so you don't need the CD. It's a fair amount of work to do that -- read the details at the Clonezilla website for instructions.

    Unlike in MS Windows, however, you can't do an image backup while the OS is running; instead, you will have to boot into Clonezilla to do that.
    pheww....that is quite a work to do. i'll better reformat. Actually i wanted to test Linux mint 12 using wubi on my separate win partition, however i figured out that wubi does not allow multiple installs, it pops up wubi uninstaller if i choose to install through "mint4win.exe" file in the ISO. Again there is a work around which is too hectic.

    HTML Code:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=849183
    
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1793438
    so i thought i could backup Ubuntu for now and test mint for a while and then may restore it back if i plan to switch.
    One more alternative is putting it in VM but i am looking to test all my drivers and hardware for my Hp Probook 4530s, whether it works or not, so that is again ruled out.
    see the screen shots.

    \m/ thanks for clonezilla, will try that out id i find patience.
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    Re: Backing up and restoring Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by codemaniac View Post
    thanks. that is a lot of info there. i'll have to hone down to the best and simple one though

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    Re: Backing up and restoring Ubuntu

    guys i downloaded this - Source code (Linux): fwbackups-1.43.4.tar.bz2 from here http://www.diffingo.com/oss/fwbackups/download

    gave me a tar package, i moved it to desktop, extracted the content and the though terminal cd into the folder, tried to run install-sh in the folder, it says
    Code:
    /home/razedafer/Desktop/fwbackups/install-sh: no input file specified.
    Any idea?

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    Re: Backing up and restoring Ubuntu

    I used to use PING to backup ext3 file systems, but it does not work with ext4 file systems. I tried clonezilla and while it backed up fine it corrupted the restore to a bigger set of disks. So I reverted to using the old reliable tar.
    1. Boot the Ubuntu CD and 'try Ubuntu'.
    2. ls /dev/sd*(some desktops) or ls /dev/cciss(HP Proliant servers with raid). or ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid
    3. Mount the partitions found in (2).
    4. tar each partition to its own file on the backup device.
    When restoring:
    1. VERY IMPORTANT: cp /boot/grub/* to backup device from target.
    2. cp /etc/fstab to backup device from target.
    These 2 steps are very important to ensure you cn boot after the restore.
    3. Then mount the partitions and untar.

    The above will backup/restore Linux and all packages/applictions/settings at the time of the backup. If your Linux gets corrupted, you can re-install from scratch then restore the tarball and you will be back to where you were before. Be careful not to restore to a different version of Linux.
    It will allow changing ext3/ext4 and handle al disk size changes.

    For the moment I have gone off clonezilla, PING and the like - it has cost me a lot of time.

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    Re: Backing up and restoring Ubuntu

    If you're using wubi, just back up the \ubuntu\disks directory outside of the \ubuntu directory (which is deleted when you uninstall). Then, when you're done playing, reinstall the same release to the same drive, and copy over the contents of \ubuntu\disks before rebooting.

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    Re: Backing up and restoring Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by bcbc View Post
    If you're using wubi, just back up the \ubuntu\disks directory outside of the \ubuntu directory (which is deleted when you uninstall). Then, when you're done playing, reinstall the same release to the same drive, and copy over the contents of \ubuntu\disks before rebooting.
    This Sounds AWESOME \m/ and simple. Hope this works..!

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    Re: Backing up and restoring Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by shumifan50 View Post
    I used to use PING to backup ext3 file systems, but it does not work with ext4 file systems. I tried clonezilla and while it backed up fine it corrupted the restore to a bigger set of disks. So I reverted to using the old reliable tar.
    1. Boot the Ubuntu CD and 'try Ubuntu'.
    2. ls /dev/sd*(some desktops) or ls /dev/cciss(HP Proliant servers with raid). or ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid
    3. Mount the partitions found in (2).
    4. tar each partition to its own file on the backup device.
    When restoring:
    1. VERY IMPORTANT: cp /boot/grub/* to backup device from target.
    2. cp /etc/fstab to backup device from target.
    These 2 steps are very important to ensure you cn boot after the restore.
    3. Then mount the partitions and untar.

    The above will backup/restore Linux and all packages/applictions/settings at the time of the backup. If your Linux gets corrupted, you can re-install from scratch then restore the tarball and you will be back to where you were before. Be careful not to restore to a different version of Linux.
    It will allow changing ext3/ext4 and handle al disk size changes.

    For the moment I have gone off clonezilla, PING and the like - it has cost me a lot of time.
    Thanks,I am sure this would work. But I am newbie (2years) in Ubuntu, not vety flair with the command line.

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