Unix/Linux Users: What do you use for file based backup and image backups?

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  1. apathy

    apathy Registered Member

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    It's difficult for me to keep an eye on all the great developments out there.

    Here is what I use

    File Based:
    Crashplan: Crashplan+ is my offsite backup safety blanket.
    Deja Dup: Uploads my files to Ubuntu One
    Jbackpack: Excellent rdiff-backup based software that backs up and encrypts your data with a nice front end.

    Image Based:
    Image For Linux: I've been using it for years now and I still have grub issues but it is rock solid.
    Clonezilla: Great program with some annoying limitations but also rock solid.

    Tell me what you use and why!!
     
  2. Mr. Y

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    I have been using Acronis for years (long before I stumbled onto Ubuntu).

    If you catch it at the right sale at Fry's Electronics, you can get it for $10 to $20 with rebate.

    I use their "live CD" feature.

    Not sure if it supports ext4 file system yet
     
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  3. Kerodo

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    I don't use anything. Most linux distros can be installed and fully updated in an hour or thereabouts, so a complete reinstall is no big deal for me. I just don't see any need to image. I keep my data on an external usb drive.
     
  4. Hungry Man

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    Yeah, I don't really do anything. I backup my custom kernels to the cloud and that's it.

    BTRFS will make backing up nearly instantaneous apparently.
     
  5. AlexC

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    Same here!
     
  6. oliverjia

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    Using Clonezilla, the restore can be done in 2 min. Same as the OP, I use both clonezilla and image for linux, but image for linux could not back up the grub installed on drive MBR. clonezilla works like a charm.

    The op, you can also try paragon hard disk manager 12 that support ext4.


     
  7. moontan

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    if it's issues with Grub 2 make sure you set the First Track to "0" instead of "AUTO".

    many tnx to Brian K for that tip! :thumb:
     
  8. moontan

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    there's a big difference between 3 minutes to restore an image and 1 hour to install from scratch.

    especially at my age when i have more time behind me than ahead. ;)
     
  9. Kerodo

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    I guess it depends on how often you're changing things. If you're swapping OS's on a daily basis, then sure, images would be quicker. Otherwise, I don't think an hour every now and then will hurt anyone. But to each his own as they say.. :)
     
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    While a distribution can be reinstalled, any customization is lost.

    I use several programs depending on needs. Most of my computers are on a scheduled backup routine using rsnapshot. Backups are made to a backup server or to another physical hard drive in the same machine. Rsnapshot has saved the day many times. For making major changes or moving things around I find FSArchiver extremely useful via SystemRescueCd or RIPLinuX disk. Two other programs I use are Tar and DAR

    For imaging it's Clonezilla and Redo Backup and Recovery which is basically a point and click simple backup and recovery tool. This laptop I am typing from now has both Windows XP and PCLinuxOS installed has been successfully restored on two occasions.
     
  11. mack_guy911

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    i guess someone said in old forums of clonezilla that grub 2 issue dont come in ubuntu base cd please correct if i am wrong



    i use clonezilla once and it work well and i have old grub not grub2 installed :rolleyes:
     
  12. shuverisan

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    Why no love for dd? Clones block for block, handles cloning encrytped drives, preserves timestamps and permissions, included with the distro, one command to copy a partition or drive, another to restore.
     
  13. oliverjia

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    maybe because the file size of the backup?
    using clonezilla, a 20GB partition with 5GB of data on it can produce a backup file with the size of 2GB. using dd, I think the backup will be 20GB.



     
  14. sukarof

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    Image for Linux for me. Testing Macrium now.
     
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    Clonezilla for my root partition and an rsync-based script for an incremental backup of my home partition.
     
  16. apathy

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    When BTRFS is stable enough that my files won't get eaten and some decent linux tools come with, I'm there.

    I've heard a few horror stories from OpenSuse users and btrfs, so I'm spooked for now.
     
  17. Mrkvonic

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    clonezilla, grsync ...
    Mrk
     
  18. dhopley

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    Dear Forum ,
    Hi , purely for the ease of usage of the Partimage GUI on the SystemRescuedCD I am still using EXT3 with my Ubuntu 10.04 LTS to do monthly backups of the OS , and my EXT3 data and Firefox profiles to both a USB stick and separately to an external file .
    Derek
     
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