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Old 06. Jun 2013, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Two things I'm missing from Win7 are Macrium Reflect (to make backups of my OS partition from time to time, and as my Linux tool for restoring when I mess up) and MS's SyncToy to backup my data and settings files to USB drives.

Although FreeFileSync does the job of SyncToy it is much more complicated and I haven't found a way to set up lots of "jobs" to run semi-automatically. Maybe there are better tools out there.

As for backups for the OS partition - /root , as I keep /home on a separate partition - I have so far failed. Clonezilla has stopped each time I have used it, but frankly it's so complicated I could be doing all sorts of things wrong! Redo also fails to finish a backup. I've tried Mint's own backup without sucess and, whilst I installed DejaDup, I've no idea where it went as it didn't add a menu item.

What I'd really like is to learn how you guys do your backups and what software you use?

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Old 06. Jun 2013, 10:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you tried to make an image of your linux partition while in Windows. Might help to look at Best Free Drive Imaging Program
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Old 06. Jun 2013, 11:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Have you tried to make an image of your linux partition while in Windows. Might help to look at Best Free Drive Imaging Program
I don't at the moment have Windows. I tried to dual-boot Win8/UEFI with Mint but couldn't get it to work; got fed up and installed Mint on it's own.

I'm trying to find Linux solutions for everything. That having been said I still use the Macrium Win8PE restore disk, but that is not sustainable in the long run.

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Are you able to create a restore CD using Macrium. I'm sorry but I use a commercial program for imaging partitions and it has the option to create a CD which then can be used to image or restore a partition. My only suggestion would be to search the internet for a imaging program that works with linux. I happened to run across this site perhaps it might help. http://www.cyberciti.biz/open-source...ging-software/
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You could see if Remastersys is compatible with Mint, seeing as Mint has its origins in Ubuntu.

The project is on the brink of folding (as you'll see here) http://www.geekconnection.org/remastersys/ but you may still get the download.

Remstersys is really easy to use to backup your o/s This quote "remastersys is intended to serve as an easy way to create a customized Live CD/DVD version of Ubuntu. The resulting iso can also be installed on a USB pendrive, creating a Live USB distro, using either a command-line approach[4] or a graphical tool such as UNetbootin.
It has a command line version and a GUI version." From here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remastersys I used it regularly as I kept 'breaking' Ubuntu through 'learning' !
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Hi so where do you download remastersys from now ?
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Hi so where do you download remastersys from now ?
Remastersys seems to have been forked and I followed the links that 1002richards gave (thanks) to the new website, which is http://system-imaging.blogspot.co.uk/. The link to the "old" program is in the third blog down, look for the word "here".

I'm downloading the program and will try it later in the weekend.

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The version of Remastersys in the link in the last post does not install due to failed dependencies. An older version I found on the web also failed. Back to the drawing board.

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Hi Here is a link that explains step by step how to use Clonezilla to backup Linux
http://goinglinux.com/articles/ClonezillaLive.html
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I'm trying to find Linux solutions for everything. That having been said I still use the Macrium Win8PE restore disk, but that is not sustainable in the long run.
You don't have to go Linux exclusive. If Macrium's rescue disk works for you, I would keep it. Disk imaging is sustainable in the long run, because filesystem support is a convenience.

Any offline (LiveCD/WinPE) imaging program can support any OS, as long as it has drivers for your hardware. If they don't support the filesystem, they can still do a sector-by-sector backup and compress it. Unfortunately, incremental backups and skipping files will not work.

Another offline program recommended in Best Free Drive Cloning Software is PING. You can try that if Clonezilla doesn't work. You can also check out 20.14 here.
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