Re: How to backup everything from within Ubuntu
To, as you stated "recover everything quickly", at least in MS Windows, you do NOT want to do a file-based backup, regardless of what tool you use.
Windows apps use the registry, and file backup tools will not to a complete job of backing that up.
In addition, there are hidden files and directories that must be in place for Windows to boot and to run -- and once again, file-based backups will likely NOT see these.
What you need to do to be able to recovery MS Windows quickly is to do image backups of the Windows partition -- and that can be done for free, inside Windows, using Macrium Reflect. Just go to their website, download and install the free version, and use it to make backups. Also use the option to create and burn the Linux Boot CD. That will allow you to boot from that to do Windows restores.
Ubuntu 15.04 Mate, Mint 17.1; MS Win 8.1, Win10 TP.
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