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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:49 am    Post subject: Which file format for an external backup disk? Reply with quote

Hi guys

I've got a new external USB HDD which I want to use to backup my / and my /home. I also intend to use it to backup some stuff from windows vista/XP.

Which file format should I use on it?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Which file format for an external backup disk? Reply with quote

Uncle_Psychosis wrote:
Which file format should I use on it?

- Do you mean which filesystem ?
- How do you intend backuping ? Vista's thingies under Vista and Linux thingies under Linux ? Or do you intend to have a single backup task launched by cron under your linux and backing-up everything ?
- Which tool will you use for backing-up ? rsync ? tar ?
- Do you use xattrs ? Do you care about backing them up ?

Well... tell us more :P
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, there's a lot of possibilty to backup your Linux and your Windows with some free Linux tools.

Tell us what you want and also what you need and we will be able to help you :P
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I intend to:

1. manually backup some windows files (photos etc). I don't need or want any automation.
2. backup some folders from my home drive. Again, I'm happy to do it manually.
3. Occasionally take a snapshot of my / partition (I'm intending to migrate to new HDDs soon and figure this will make it easier)

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would user NTFS that should gice you the least problems when switching between linux and windows.
Or you could partition the drive and have one for linux and one for windows.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uncle_Psychosis wrote:
I intend to:
2. backup some folders from my home drive. Again, I'm happy to do it manually.
3. Occasionally take a snapshot of my / partition (I'm intending to migrate to new HDDs soon and figure this will make it easier)

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Sam


For those points, I recommend Rsync for sure.

It can backup any folder or even your installation from A to Z and you can even do some snapshot in time too.

Take a look here : http://docs.funtoo.org/wiki/How_To_Backup_Your_Funtoo_With_SystemRescueCD

I use this method to backup my box and when I swap my installation to a new disk.

Clean and simple.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chiefbag wrote:
I would user NTFS that should gice you the least problems when switching between linux and windows.
Or you could partition the drive and have one for linux and one for windows.


I take it linux now supports writing to NTFS? Last time I looked (years ago) it didn't.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I take it linux now supports writing to NTFS? Last time I looked (years ago) it didn't.


I take it the external drive is going to be mounted from time to time on both windows and linux, therefore this is a valid solution.

mount -t ntfs

Also you could emerge sys-fs/ntfs3g for extra functionality.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chiefbag wrote:
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I take it linux now supports writing to NTFS? Last time I looked (years ago) it didn't.


I take it the external drive is going to be mounted from time to time on both windows and linux,


Yes.

Thanks 8)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Uncle_Psychosis

There is a How To here for reference :wink:

http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/NTFS-3G
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