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[Solved] Simplest way to backup?

asked 2011-11-16 07:46:48 -0500

Peter Scott gravatar image

updated 2012-02-15 06:14:41 -0500

What is the simplest way to do a full backup so that a full restore can be done after failing to install a new release?

Reinstalling takes too long and uses too much band-width. Also, old versions of Fedora aren't available for very long.

Postscript -- a word of warning

I am trying to get F16 going properly on my laptop but I have to go back to F14 when I fail. The latest stable clonezilla (clonezilla-live-1.2.12-10-i486) still has problems with grub and grub2. It can re-install grub2 when recovering F16 but it can't re-install grub when recovering F14. As a workaround I installed grub2 on F14 and now I can switch between F14 and F16 with clonezilla. I am trying to report the clonezilla bug. I'll remove this note when someone says the bug is fixed.

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answered 2011-11-16 07:53:31 -0500

kparal gravatar image

How much technical are you? If you have lots of storage on the network, you can boot from livecd and copy your whole harddisk using dd over network to a file. I won't give you the full command because I don't recommend to use dd if you don't know how to use it.

The other option is to use a tool like Clonezilla [1]. You can boot from it and it can back up your whole harddisk (or selected partitions) over the network. If something goes wrong, you can then restore it back.


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answered 2011-11-16 08:26:25 -0500

asto gravatar image

I second CloneZilla! Don't dd because it will copy everything - even disk blocks that aren't in use. CloneZilla backups will be more space efficient.

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