Free imaging software for linux mint.

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  1. The Red Moon

    The Red Moon Registered Member

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    Hi.
    Could anybody suggest a good free imaging solution for linu mint please.I would like to image my os and store it on an external HDD.


    Also does mint have a built in imaging solution ?

    Thanks.
     
  2. oliverjia

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    Use Linux live cd and dd command to backup OS disk, however this way no compression is done.

    For a much better solution, you can use Clonezilla live CD to do the backup of Linux Mint OS drive.
     
  3. Kerodo

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    Another vote for Clonezilla.. I use it here and it works fine.
     
  4. The Red Moon

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    Im going to try clonezilla.Reviews and testimonials seem positive.
     
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    Most of the time I just reinstall entire Linux. Hmmm maybe I should give clonezilla a try.
     
  6. The Red Moon

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    Yes i see your thinking about re-installing the entire os as its a very quick process.However i prefer to save an image as the updates and my configs are there all set.

    The only problem i have discovered with clonezilla is how to get out of the rescue cd environment.
    I had to do a hard shutdown to get back into normal mode.
     
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    Dear Forum ,
    For my monthly and/or pre-upgrade image backups I use SystemRescueCD with it's brilliant Partimage routine for very quick backups/restores , storing only used data and with 2 levels of compression should you want it . Unfortunately as Partimage does not support EXT4 I've kept my Linux Mint Maya installation using EXT3 , which seems to have no ill effects for my type of usage .
     
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    What's the best/easiest way to image a fully encrypted drive? I know I can do a sector by sector outside of the OS (no compression), but is there any way to do it inside the OS and either store it in a TC container, or apply any backup software encryption? I have:

    /, /home, and swap in an LVM. /boot is on a USB, so I think dd would be easiest for that.
     
  11. sthmptn

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    I partition the system so that I can then back up the small system partitions (boot, swap, root etc) via clonezilla. I then have a large encrypted data partition that I can sync to other encrypted spaces using rsync.

    Edit; all encrypted, lvm except boot.
     
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    You can take image using "pv -tpreb /dev/sdaX | dd of=/path/to/image.img bs=1M" where X is the corresponding partition number. And recover the image using "pv -tpreb /path/to/image.img | dd of=/dev/sdaX bs=1M"
     
  14. accessgranted

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    Clonezilla boot cd (or Clonezilla on PartedMagic or any other boot cd) is the best option IMHO.
     
  15. Palancar

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    Just passing by this thread. Do any of the programs suggested in this thread do auto-SPANNING? I use Fat32 for archives. Macrium Pro works fine but I am always trying to learn and keep options open.
     
  16. oliverjia

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    I believe both clonezilla live cd and IFL can do auto spanning.
    you can specify the size of each span.

     
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