How can I make an Image of Ubuntu?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by TheMozart, Mar 25, 2012.

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  1. TheMozart

    TheMozart Former Poster

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    I am using Paragon COMPACT Edition and even it detects the ext4 Ubuntu Linux partition, but once the backing starts, Paragon crashes.

    Why and is there a solution?

    Any other backing up program that can create an image and restore an image from a Ubuntu ext4 partitions?
     
  2. moontan

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    the reasons why can be many.
    the best solution is to use an app that doesn't crash your computer.lol

    i been using Image for Windows/Linux/DOS and it's been rock solid.
     
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  3. Brian K

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    I use IFL, IFD and IFW to create and restore images of ext4 Ubuntu.
     
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    Do you mind elaborating please Brian? What does IFL, IFD and IFW mean and why do you need to use 3 different things to make one image backup?
     
  5. Brian K

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    TheMozart,

    Sorry, I meant any one of the 3 apps can do the job. The apps are those mentioned by Moontan.
     
  6. moontan

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    Terabyte has demos of IFW/IFD/IFL you can try.

    no, it's not free but a good imaging app is the most important app for me and well worth a few $.
    Terabyte is very generous regarding their upgrade prices; people have enjoyed years of updates for the basic price they paid.

    you can use any of them to back up a Linux partition but the faster for me has been IFD, for other people it's been IFL.

    for imaging a Windows machine IFW has been the fastest for me.
    ymmv
     
  7. TheMozart

    TheMozart Former Poster

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    Ok thanks everyone.:thumb:
     
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    TM... others have said where, none have said what:rolleyes:

    IFW = "Image For Windows"
    IFL = "Image For Linux
    IFD = "Image For DOS
     
  9. Ocky

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    You could try Remastersys.

    http://www.remastersys.com/
    http://www.remastersys.com/forums/index.php?topic=1923.0

    There is a 4GB limit to the backup size, hence the exclusions of media files etc. In my case I have excluded the following in etc/remastersys.conf (need to leave a space between paths)

    EXCLUDES="/backups /home/me/Music /home/me/Videos /home/me/.VirtualBox /home/me/Pictures /home/me/Downloads"

    Here is a tutorial for the older version of Remastersys http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/remastersys.html the latest 3x version is 'nicer' with more options.

    The program runs a script, all from within your Ubuntu, backing up everything except the stuff you have excluded and the graphics drivers (nvidia in my case). It will create a bootable .iso which you can burn to DVD.
    To backup just boot from the Live DVD and once you reach the desktop and all is hunky dory, click on the install icon - it will be like a fresh install but all your stuff will be there. Remember to reinstall the graphics driver.
    (Sometimes clicking the install icon won't start ubiquity (the Ubuntu installer), should that happen just open a terminal and type sudo ubiquity. if you are connected to the internet when running Remastersys it will install the installer frontend for Ubuntu or Kubuntu depending).

    I have never had a problem with Remastersys, and can recommend it due also to it's ease of use. :thumb:
     
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    There is a very good one to make an image on a bootable dvd, Remastersys.
    These program makes an image of your system and you can use it like a live dvd or you can install it the way you want. It made an image in 5 minutes, very fast!. you can downlad it here and install it in your ubuntu to make after that an bootable iso.

    http://www.remastersys.com/

    The best one I have ever found. It is like Image for Windows. In fact I'm writing this using the live dvd and listening my favorite radio station in the rhythmandbox that I installed in the image.
    :D
     
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  13. Gorkster

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    I haven't tried it yet, but have been in recent contact with Macrium support and they advised me Macrium Reflect is compatible with the ext4 file system, with or without extents enabled. I was specificaly asking about the Pro version, but my guess is their free version would work as well.
     
  14. homeless_sapient

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    +1 . Exactly. Clonezilla is the best. There are 64 bit Clonezilla live cd images. They are the fastest cloning solutions.

    http://clonezilla.org/downloads/stable/iso-zip-files.php :
    clonezilla-live-1.2.12-37-amd64.iso – for 64 bit machines.

    And XBOOT is a wanderfull tiny program to make a Bootable USB Pendrive from this (and many other) live cd image(s). This will boot much-much faster than a cd.

    XBOOT:
    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/xboot-multiboot-iso-usb-creator/
     
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