Bare Metal Backups In Linux/Ubuntu

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  1. apathy

    apathy Registered Member

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    Hey guys & gals,

    I'm a FDISR addicted and I really wish there was something similar for Linux.
    There has to be a few unix users in this forum who can give me some ideas.
    I'm looking for an image backup and restore with the ability to mount the backups. Is it hopeless?

    Thanks much
     
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  3. Kerodo

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    I don't know bout mounting the backups, but Clonezilla worked well for me for creating and restoring images on both Linux and Win partitions. Used it on Ubuntu, no issues.

    http://www.clonezilla.org/

    It's free as well....
     
  4. Longboard

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    Terabyte has Image for Linux
    http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-linux.htm
    The TBI View tool for file by file viewing in images is not ready for current versions of IFL yet. Images can be mounted and browsed.

    BootItNG ( BING) will also copy and move linux partitions
    http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/comparison-grid.htm
    >>> TBI view will work with V1.x Bing, IFW, IFL ( the v2.x file system is different) <<<

    Also
    http://www.partimage.org/Main_Page
    I recall Knoppix has this tool on bootable disc ??
    Also
    http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page

    Thread here:
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=216995&highlight=clonezilla

    http://www.google.com/search?btnG=Google Search&q=linux partition image

    If you are running VM ( and why not ;) ) then very easy to copy and save the vm at any time

    LoL, shame there isnt an FDISR for Linux !! that would be great considering the F%%% ups I have made with some tweaks...really, just shows the true incredible power and user friendliness of the of the Frog when you start looking around for alternatives. FDISR is one of the reasons I still have MS on here.

    What I use is the snapshot function in VMWare workstation ...
    :rolleyes: learning curve :ouch:

    HTH

    PS: nice tools in the sig :)
     
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  5. apathy

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    Ok I've got my picks:

    1.) Image For Linux, excellent with byte for byte verification just like Image for Windows and recognizes external drives and such. Rock solid reliability. TBIView works great in Windows and Linux for easy extraction.

    2.) Rdiff-backup, for easy creation of entire file system backup and easy access.

    I couldn't get Remastersys to work with Ubuntu Hardy, for some reason it doesn't create the iso at all and can't find it. I've heard others had problems.

    Clonezilla, I'll give it a go but between IFD/IFL & ShadowProtect CD I'm happy.
     
  6. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,

    CloneZilla or PartImage - if you can be patient, I'll post a tutorial in about a week or two.

    Then, you can try Remastersys - if you can be patient, I'll post a tutorial in about a month or so.

    ATI from Windows (if dual boot) or a live CD (e.g. BartPE / UBCD4WIN) will work great. And you can also raw copy your partitions ...

    Mrk
     
  7. NGRhodes

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    Mrk, raw copy, you mean using DD AKA Disk Destroyer ;)?
     
  8. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    In the words of a Soviet tank commander in Red Alert 2:
    Ahhhhnoledged.
    Mrk
     
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    DD and a live CD is all you need to create full bare metal backups.

    It is possible to mount the file (a complete partition) created from DD using the loopback device.
     
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