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    Thumbs down Re: Howto: Backup and restore your system!

    I find it much easier and faster to buy a copy of Acronis True Image 8
    http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing...cts/trueimage/

    this is super fast, and backs up by drive/partition, not file tree/strange method like above and supports even ReiserFS.

    I wonder if someone will create an open source version someday?
    Last edited by ba5e; May 18th, 2005 at 07:07 PM.

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    Re: Howto: Backup and restore your system!

    Quote Originally Posted by ba5e
    I find it much easier and faster to buy a copy of Acronis True Image 8
    http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing...cts/trueimage/

    this is super fast, and backs up by drive/partition, not file tree/strange method like above and supports even ReiserFS.

    I wonder if someone will create an open source vesion someday?
    Yes, until then I won't pay $49.99....

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    Re: Howto: Backup and restore your system!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam
    I just tryed to backup my system. It took 6 minutes (I've excluded the home which is TOO large). I didn't try the restore.

    One thing, you chould change
    Code:
    tar xvpfz backup.tgz
    to
    Code:
    tar xvpfz backup.tgz -C /
    which extracts the archive to the root folder in the case you burned the archive to a CD or DVD.
    Thanks. I've updated the howto accordingly.

    Quote Originally Posted by ba5e
    I find it much easier and faster to buy a copy of Acronis True Image 8
    http://www.acronis.com/homecomputin...ucts/trueimage/

    this is super fast, and backs up by drive/partition, not file tree/strange method like above and supports even ReiserFS.

    I wonder if someone will create an open source vesion someday?
    Same reason as for ghost: because it costs money. This method is free and can be done with tools that come with the system.

    Just out of interest though, what about this do you find a 'strange method'? Is it so confusing to you that you are willing to spend $49 on a piece of software that probably does the same thing, but has pretty colors and things you can click on?
    "Windows is something to overcome"

    Howto's by me:
    Tweak firefox! (URL now works..)
    Backup/Restore your system!
    Avoid having to reboot


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    Re: Howto: Backup and restore your system!

    Cheers, worked like a charm.

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    Re: Howto: Backup and restore your system!

    Quote Originally Posted by grakhul
    when I backuped in this method, my tar file was 948 MB so it could not fit on a cd-r. Also it wasn't a bootable image. Anyone have recommendations on how to create a bootable image that has been backup up?
    Apparently you can use a (free) program called mondo rescue which backs up onto bootable media. I have installed it but haven't tested it yet.

    ciao
    bb

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    Re: Howto: Backup and restore your system!

    I've successfully used Ghost for Linux but you have to back up to FTP somewhere on your network or to the net. It works just like it says it does though. I really like the method here if I could find a way to break it into cd sized chunks.
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    Re: Howto: Backup and restore your system!

    nitpicking: the 'f' option in tar doesn't force anything, it tells tar to pack to a file instead of to stdout.

    don't forget to umount any filesystems you may have, like samba's or home! (sure you still want to do it on a running server? )

    for extreme packing, subsitute the 'z' for a 'j', so it will bzip2 the output. make sure you name the file .bz2 instead of .zip!

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    Re: Howto: Backup and restore your system!

    I get his error when I try to run the command?

    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Howto: Backup and restore your system!

    Quote Originally Posted by grakhul
    when I backuped in this method, my tar file was 948 MB so it could not fit on a cd-r. Also it wasn't a bootable image. Anyone have recommendations on how to create a bootable image that has been backup up?
    You can use a utility called "split" (see man split) to break up a file or archive too large for one CD into CD-size segments, which you can then burn to as many CD's as it takes. You can specify the size of the segments, too.

    I believe most CD-burning software has provision for making any CD you burn bootable if you wish (I know XCDRoast does), but it can be a bit tricky. Maybe somebody else will give clear instructions on that part.

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    Re: Howto: Backup and restore your system!

    Quote Originally Posted by kingzasz
    I get his error when I try to run the command?

    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

    Any ideas?
    That's the error I talked about that you might get. I Think its harmless. Your backup is probably alright.

    Quote Originally Posted by remmelt
    nitpicking: the 'f' option in tar doesn't force anything, it tells tar to pack to a file instead of to stdout.
    Whoops

    Quote Originally Posted by remmelt
    don't forget to umount any filesystems you may have, like samba's or home! (sure you still want to do it on a running server? )
    Well that's why I said to either unmount that stuff or exclude them. Excluding seems a fine thing to do on a running server to me
    Anything you don't want in your backup you can just exclude. The reason I advised people to unmount cd-roms and such is to keep complexity down. But of course, you can also just exclude them. Just make sure to re-create those directories after the restore.

    Quote Originally Posted by remmelt
    for extreme packing, substitute the 'z' for a 'j', so it will bzip2 the output. make sure you name the file .bz2 instead of .zip!
    Does .bz2 give you that much better compression? If so I'll have to change that. Thanks for the tip. By the way though; does it really matter what kind of extension you give the file? I thought that was a Windows CrazyThing too
    Last edited by Heliode; May 19th, 2005 at 08:27 AM.
    "Windows is something to overcome"

    Howto's by me:
    Tweak firefox! (URL now works..)
    Backup/Restore your system!
    Avoid having to reboot


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