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El Quintron
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Best Imaging solution OSS or otherwise

I'm planning on getting some sort of Acronis-style back up solution, and would like to get your opinions about this.

What I need is something that'll backup a Dual boot system, and knows how to deal with large-ish installs (~1.5 TB across multiple disks)

I know these things do compression, and I do make a point of backing up the data part of my installs, but there are times where I'm going to need a quick and dirty backup in case I want to try new stuff and thought this would be a good plan.

Your thoughts?
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I use partimage to backup/restore ext2/3 and Win XP's ntfs partitions.
It supports gzip/bzip2 and no compression.

hth.


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Clonezilla does physical dumps of disks and partitions. The only downside is it needs to be booted, but I've found it useful for whole disk dumps. For file backups, I use rsync. I rsync etc, home and another userdata partition.

»clonezilla.org/

With any new backup software, make sure you can restore before going b*** to the wall.

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said by misiek:

I use partimage to backup/restore ext2/3 and Win XP's ntfs partitions.
It supports gzip/bzip2 and no compression.

hth.

Cool, I'll check that out.
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said by orion940:

Clonezilla does physical dumps of disks and partitions.

Good to know, I've used it for my Ubuntu partition before but never for a whole machine.
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1 recommendation

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A friend likes this: »redobackup.org/


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If you have a server or a station that you can back up to, FOG may be a viable solution. This backs up using network booting option before you even mount the drive.

»sourceforge.net/projects/freeghost/


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I'll check it out, thank you for the link.


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said by Sr Tech:

If you have a server or a station that you can back up to, FOG may be a viable solution. This backs up using network booting option before you even mount the drive.

»sourceforge.net/projects/freeghost/

I have 2 NASes on the network so this is definitely worth looking into.
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said by El Quintron:

said by Sr Tech:

If you have a server or a station that you can back up to, FOG may be a viable solution. This backs up using network booting option before you even mount the drive.

»sourceforge.net/projects/freeghost/

I have 2 NASes on the network so this is definitely worth looking into.

What your backing up to will have to be a physical PC based NAS running linux, FOG does not support Synology or other brand type units. I would like to see them make an add on for one or a manufacture support them in doing so.


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said by Sr Tech:

What your backing up to will have to be a physical PC based NAS running linux, FOG does not support Synology or other brand type units. I would like to see them make an add on for one or a manufacture support them in doing so.

Duly noted.

Does it need something like FreeNAS or could it do a share from any Linux machine?
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said by El Quintron:

said by Sr Tech:

What your backing up to will have to be a physical PC based NAS running linux, FOG does not support Synology or other brand type units. I would like to see them make an add on for one or a manufacture support them in doing so.

Duly noted.

Does it need something like FreeNAS or could it do a share from any Linux machine?

You can do it as a share from a linux box, once in stalled you register the PC's that need to be backed up. Once done, it's a matter of rebooting and selecting boot from the network, select FOG and go from there. You can back up windows or linux clients. A lot of school systems are using this as a back up method as at the end of the year they push back the images to refresh the machines. What I have not done yet, there is a way to defrag and update the images (I need to get one of the people at work to show me how).


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That seems pretty straightforward, I'll be trying this shortly. Thank you for the recommendation.
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I would like to put in a favorable comment on Redo Backup and Recovery. I use it for simple image backups and restores of my multi-boot laptop. It works.
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I'm currently using Acronis for Windows, and "dar" for file backup in linux. Both of these can save encrypted backups, which does not seem possible with clonezilla. I prefer encrypted, because the USB drives where I keep backups will eventually die and be junked, and I don't have to worry about scrubbing disks if everything was encrypted.

I don't have anything as big as 1.5 TB.
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