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Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by presrc, May 5, 2009.

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  1. presrc

    presrc Registered Member

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    1. Can someone explain in technical terms the difference between File (OS) and File (Direct)? These choices appear in the 'Backup To' screen.

    2. Whatever choice I make, I'm unable to select a file name and directory on my secondary internal drive.

    Thanks,
    Ken
     
  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    Ken,

    I'm confused by those terms too. If I'm restoring over the network with IFL, I have to use File(OS). Because the shared folder has been created in IFL.

    http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/howto/index.htm

    But for all non network backups/restores I use File (Direct).

    I'm looking at the "Backup to" screen now. In ver 2.30 the Name field is filled out with a long dated filename and is highlighted in red. You need to press Tab on your keyboard to put the focus into the Files area. Then navigate with up/down keys and Enter. When you have found your desired folder, press Tab 3 times to get back to the Name field and type in a name.

    Does that help? Using IFW for backups is much easier.
     
  3. chronomatic

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    Not sure why you'd want to buy software to make backups when all you have to do is enter a few commands in the Bash shell to do the same thing.
    Code:
     dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb &
    That will copy the entire sda drive to another drive (sdb). You can also pass options for compressions and encryption if you like.

    Also, there are other ways to use the shell to perform this. For instance, here.

    And here is a more in depth tutorial.
     
  4. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    chronomatic,

    When you buy TeraByte Unlimited software, IFL is included. You don't need a Linux partition to use IFL. IFW, IFD and IFL can image and restore Windows and Linux partitions.

    Just for the exercise, I made an IFL CD that can restore images over a wireless network. Impractical I know, but fun to use.
     
  5. presrc

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    Brian,
    Thanks. I was just getting acquainted with all the Terabyte programs. I realize that IFW should be used for backups and either IFL or IFD should be used only when restoring a drive/partition with an OS installed.

    I couldn't understand the terminology OS and Direct. Maybe it should read Mounted Drives or Unmounted Drives? The GUI for file naming is very bad. It's like their software was written by 'Doctors of Computer Science' and the GUI's by friends of the FedEx guy. There doesn't seem to be a way to use the suggested name of the file AND change the directory. Once you tab into the directory structure, the file name disappears.:D

    Once again - thanks for the assist,
    Ken
     
  6. Brian K

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    Ken,

    I'm used to it now. One of the interesting things about IFD restores is they can be automated so you don't have to click through multiple menus. I only do manual restores on my test computer. On my main computer I click an icon, the computer restarts into the IFD restore and then restarts into the restored Windows. When I return to the computer I'm looking at the desktop of the restored Windows OS. My only input was clicking an icon.

    Another way to restore is to use the IFW BartPE plugin. An IFW restore is so easy.
     
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