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Linux System - clone, archive of the whole

Discussion in 'General Linux' started by Goss, May 8, 2019.

  1. Goss

    Goss New Member

    May 3, 2019
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    Device     Boot     Start        End    Sectors  Size Id Type
    /dev/sda1            2048     206847     204800  100M  7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda2          206848  342042623  341835776  163G  7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda3       342042624  404957183   62914560   30G 83 Linux
    /dev/sda4       404959230 3907028991 3502069762  1.6T  5 Extended
    /dev/sda5       404959232  446902271   41943040   20G 83 Linux
    /dev/sda6  *    463683584  526597646   62914063   30G 83 Linux
    /dev/sda7       526600192  568543231   41943040   20G 83 Linux
    /dev/sda8       585324544 3907028991 3321704448  1.6T  7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda9       568545280  585312255   16766976    8G 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    this is sudo fdisk -l from my main hard drive,
    as you see well, it is quite a mess,

    I would like to rearrange partitions,
    but i would like to learn something new from you as well - system backup

    My current system is Debian Like

    Help me start thinking properly:
    about system backup - cloning what i have, and use it to start from empty hard drive,
    how to properly do it?

    but there will be later topics like:
    *proper arrangement of partitions
    [now i would do 30 GB for linux, 100 GB for home, 3 GB for Swap, and rest for files - what the best practices are suggesting?]
    *file systems - ext4 or Btrfs?
    *is there something i should know, but i may not?
    *at the end there is grub waiting as well (ups!) - while you install linux it is setuping automagicaly, but if you install from clone? no idea

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    #1 Goss, May 8, 2019
    Last edited: May 8, 2019
  2. Peer

    Peer Active Member

    May 17, 2018
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    You can use gparted to copy, resize, delete... Partitions.
    wizardfromoz likes this.
  3. TechnoJunky

    TechnoJunky Active Member

    Dec 3, 2018
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  4. rado84

    rado84 Active Member

    Feb 25, 2019
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    Use Clonezilla. You don't need instructions for it, it's pretty self-explanatory, if you carefully read the instructions on every screen. When I used it for the first time in my life, I had never seen it before and yet I did it with Clonezilla - a complete system backup, down to the last byte.
    Go to Clonezilla's site, download the ISO and put it on a USB stick, then run it outside of the OS. You can put it on a CD or DVD as well but then you'll have to wait for it to start for a few minutes whereas from a USB stick it runs 10 times faster than it does from a DVD.
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  5. Vrai

    Vrai Active Member

    Mar 16, 2019
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    That was exactly my experience the first time I used Clonezilla. I had very little clue as to what I was doing but I read every screen and followed the directions. Worked like a charm :) I have been using Clonezilla ever since.
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  6. rado84

    rado84 Active Member

    Feb 25, 2019
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    I've used it so many times in the past 2 years that now when I have to backup or restore, I do it all by a reflex, without even looking at the screen cuz I know almost by heart what and where to type and what to select. :D
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