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Thread: How do perform backups on a dual boot system?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Savannah, Ga
    Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

    How do perform backups on a dual boot system?

    I've been fooling around with Ubuntu on a virtual machine and I've decided I'd like to install it on my Macbook Pro 5,1. This will be a dual-boot system (OS X & Ubuntu).

    Currently I use SuperDuper! to clone my hard drive to an external firewire drive. After I have Ubuntu installed, how are back ups handled?

    1. After installing Ubuntu, when I clone my drive with SuperDuper! will the Ubuntu system also be copied?

    2. After running a dual-boot system for some months, If for some reason I decide I no longer want Ubuntu on my system can I delete the Ubuntu partition and then use a recent SuperDuper! backup to restore my OS X system?

    I don't know enough about boot partitions, EFI, and Master boot records to know if SuperDuper! will be copying this information and hence create an unusable OS X system.

    Any information, links, etc. the community can provide would be greatly appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: How do perform backups on a dual boot system?

    If you want to clone a complete hard drive, including partition scheme etcetera, I suggest CloneZilla. For simple backups, I use the open source program Luckybackup, very versatile. I also incrementally backup my OSX partition with this tool.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2009

    Re: How do perform backups on a dual boot system?

    Use dd and netcat, can't get any simpler or more standardised:

    If you have a server/backup PC/etc:

    # nc -l -p 3333 | dd of=/home/user/backups/macbookbackup.dd.gz

    Macbook (linux/livecd/etc):
    # dd if=/dev/sda | gzip -9 | nc <server's-ip> 3333

    If you have a USB HDD etc:
    # dd if=/dev/sda | gzip -9 | dd of=/mnt/usbhdd/macbookbackup.dd.gz

    You can take out the gzip, but it will use up much more disk space as it is a perfect bit-for-bit clone so will be the full size of the drive.

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