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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2002 4:05 am    Post subject: System Image??? Reply with quote

I switch back and forth between windows alot. Maybe once a month? I'm alot happier in Linux, by all means. And I hate dual-booting. I have a question though.

My question. Can I make an image of my install. Example, remove all my data that's going to go back to Windows with me. And make an exact image of that so I can go back in a mointh or whatever and install that exact image.

Now I wouldn't have to spend 2 days installing the system... and 2 weeks configureing everything.

Is this possable?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2002 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure - but depending on what you have installed it may be rather large 8O.

What's the problem with dual booting - if you insist on uzing windoz :?:
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2002 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I'd be able to get it down to maybe 5-6 GB. Which I can just transfer over my network.. somewhere...

How do I do it if it's possable?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2002 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what do you want to make an image of?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2002 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

everything on my system... like, to where I can go back and load my system from that exact image if I have a HD crash or something... or want to go back to windows or whatever... so it'll be exactly like it is right now, and install it off the image

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2002 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out the ghost 4 unix project, with that you store a image of your harddrive on a local server and just boot from a cd when you want to restore it
http://rfhs8012.fh-regensburg.de/~feyrer/g4u/

good luck! :)
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2002 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Norton Ghost dosent support the linux partitions. But I would think you could do a sector by sector image creation of the whole hard drive.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2002 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, that's exactly what g4u does ... :roll:
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2002 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you considered something like VMWare? That would allow you to run one of your OS's hosted by the other OS. That's what many of my colleagues do - some even carry images of the operating systems they work with around on portable hard drives.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2002 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have two hard drives of equal geometry you can use dd to mirror one hard drive to the other.

Code:

# dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/hdb


If they're not, you can use find and cpio

Code:

# cd $disk1
# find . -print | cpio -pdum $disk2

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2002 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or do what I did...
Get a removable IDE drive cage. Install the respective OSes on different drives. Configure each to your hearts delight. Swap as desired.

My cage plus 2 cartridges only cost like $25. Drives are cheap these days. Sure is nice not having to worry about dual booting.... Just plug in the drive you want and power on...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2002 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The lastest version of Norton Ghost says it will do Ext2/3 but I have not tried it.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2002 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use XFS. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2002 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

couldn't you just do "tar -cvvzf backup.tar /", that is what I am trying right now, cause I am moving from a 10gig to a 45 gig drive after I flashed my bios to recognize big drives ;)
Then I will just mount my new partitions like in the gentoo install and chroot into it after i untar the entire system.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2002 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

edge wrote:
If you have two hard drives of equal geometry you can use dd to mirror one hard drive to the other.


There's this guy on slashdot who calls that "RAID 0.5".

Good backup strategy. ;-)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2002 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've been using norton ghost for quite a while
it makes images of ext2/3 and reiserfs - all that i need
it can also burn the image on cd so that you don't have to store it on your harddrive
i did it with my winxp, it resides on 2 cds, so whenever i screw up again... :mrgreen: i can restore it in 10 min with all the programs and configuration settings
i am gonna do it to my gentoo as soon as i get it running :lol:
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2002 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could have a look at partimage to backup both systems.
With it you make a boot cd, which boots into linux and there you can backup your partitions. And it supports both linux as windows filesystems.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2002 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and what if i have my root on /dev/evms/md0 ??? how can i backup it? i need a bootable backup cd that supports evms... any suggestions ??
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2003 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

squanto,

lemme know how it turns out.. i was thinking of something similar. Will tar still keep owner,group,links and other stuff? ..

cause my drives are 2x120gb (RAID-1 though), but atm they only contain rougly about 5gbs of data, and making images of the hdds would be really useless in my case. So lemme know how it turns out bro =)
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2003 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Installing Gentoo.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2005 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Other Things Gentoo to Duplicate Threads.
See here: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=58767
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