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kyfalcon

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Best way to backup/ghost a working system
« on: December 21, 2011, 07:24:51 pm »
What's the best way to backup/ghost a working system?

I have reinstalled too many time in the past couple of weeks and realize it would be much easier to restore a working system versus reinstall when I do something stupid and eff it up. What is the best way to make a restorable ghost of the image without having to reinstall a damn thing?

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Re: Best way to backup/ghost a working system
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2011, 08:00:10 pm »
I use clonezilla and save my image to a samba share.

Works wonders.

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Re: Best way to backup/ghost a working system
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2011, 08:55:43 pm »
^^^ What he said.

If you have an ext4 partition (which I inadvertently selected in my haste, but doesn't seem to be causing any problems), you need to use the "expert" mode and use option -q2 when it asks. I think it's also worth selecting the fsck option as well.

Happy cloning.

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Re: Best way to backup/ghost a working system
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2011, 09:02:59 pm »
thanks guys, I'll look into that.

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Re: Best way to backup/ghost a working system
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2011, 09:09:59 pm »
I also use CloneZilla, works great. Just a hint: don't put any media files on the boot disk; you'll get a disk image of 4-15 GB and backup/restore will be very fast.

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Re: Best way to backup/ghost a working system
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2011, 04:28:33 pm »
All of my media files are on a separate drive.

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Re: Best way to backup/ghost a working system
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2011, 11:36:25 am »
I also use CloneZilla, works great. Just a hint: don't put any media files on the boot disk; you'll get a disk image of 4-15 GB and backup/restore will be very fast.

/Joakim

Since linuxmce handles this automaticlly (the location of the files), it's a bit hard to arrange this. Or how did you manage to do this?
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Re: Best way to backup/ghost a working system
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2011, 06:11:15 pm »
When LMCE detects the partition that your OS is on, you will be asked the question whether you want the partition to be used automatically - select "no, only specifically when told to". Or ignore it completely (this is what I do).

To change this behaviour at a later date, find the partition in web admin (under Core in My Devices), and look for the option "use automatically" and uncheck.

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