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    Default How do I make a complete backup?

    Hi, is it possible to make a complete backup of all my linux partitions and boot sector (or whatever it is, you know what I mean right?).

    I'm gonna be trying other distros, but I just know I'm gonna be coming back to openSUSE and I don't want to have to set it all up again.

    Is this possible?

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    Default Re: How do I make a complete backup?

    yes, I used successfully clonezilla
    http://clonezilla.org/
    very easy, multilanguage, can clone entire disk and single partitions, very good

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    Default Re: How do I make a complete backup?

    On Mon 17 Feb 2014 02:06:02 PM CST, pier andreit wrote:


    yes, I used successfully clonezilla
    http://clonezilla.org/
    very easy, multilanguage, can clone entire disk and single partitions,
    very good


    Hi
    How long does it take to clone a disk?

    AutoYaST, a SUSE Studio image (you can configure this as well with
    your customizations), a simple backup of your important data I'm sure
    would be quicker.

    I have a local mirror for updates and the DVD, for me it takes less
    that an hour to re-install, update and run a configuration script....

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    Default Re: How do I make a complete backup?

    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    Hi
    How long does it take to clone a disk?
    That's the right question. In my case even a NET install ( thank you 150 Mb/sec ) is much faster, specially since you'd have to clone the disk again in case of trouble.
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    On 2014-02-17 15:31, malcolmlewis wrote:

    > Hi
    > How long does it take to clone a disk?


    Depends... SATA or USB? :-)

    > AutoYaST, a SUSE Studio image (you can configure this as well with
    > your customizations), a simple backup of your important data I'm sure
    > would be quicker.


    Takes time to learn and do it, and a good internet connection.

    > I have a local mirror for updates and the DVD, for me it takes less
    > that an hour to re-install, update and run a configuration script....


    Ah, but you need a local mirror, for speed, or a good and fast internet
    connection. A clone copy is standalone. Once setup, it is no hassle: you
    start it and leave. Come back later, ready done.

    For instance, for this laptop with a 500 GB disk, I clone it entirely to
    a 1 TB disk. Clone all, including Windows. There is free space for a
    data rsync which can be done oftener. I can use it away from base and my
    resources (which I had to do once, failed hard disk on laptop).


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    On 2014-02-17 15:56, Knurpht wrote:

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    > That's the right question. In my case even a NET install ( thank you 150
    > Mb/sec ) is much faster, specially since you'd have to clone the disk
    > again in case of trouble.


    And out of the question for me, at 1 Mb/s.

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    Default Re: How do I make a complete backup?

    On Mon 17 Feb 2014 03:04:13 PM CST, Carlos E. R. wrote:

    On 2014-02-17 15:56, Knurpht wrote:

    >
    > That's the right question. In my case even a NET install ( thank you
    > 150 Mb/sec ) is much faster, specially since you'd have to clone the
    > disk again in case of trouble.


    And out of the question for me, at 1 Mb/s.

    Hi
    My situation is a bit different as I run SUSE Manager which deploys
    all the rpms, updates, local rpms, repos from obs etc for
    openSUSE and SLE (around 41GB at present), but in saying that would it
    not make sense to just slowly rsync updates down. Then use YaST add on
    creator to make an iso image of the updates.

    Then if you do a re-install you can then use this (check the add on
    disk option) when rebuilding the machine..... You can then have the
    portability of both an install dvd and an update dvd(s).....

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    Default Re: How do I make a complete backup?

    On 2014-02-17 16:24, malcolmlewis wrote:
    > On Mon 17 Feb 2014 03:04:13 PM CST, Carlos E. R. wrote:



    > Hi
    > My situation is a bit different as I run SUSE Manager which deploys
    > all the rpms, updates, local rpms, repos from obs etc for
    > openSUSE and SLE (around 41GB at present), but in saying that would it
    > not make sense to just slowly rsync updates down. Then use YaST add on
    > creator to make an iso image of the updates.


    Ah.

    > Then if you do a re-install you can then use this (check the add on
    > disk option) when rebuilding the machine..... You can then have the
    > portability of both an install dvd and an update dvd(s).....


    Well, I do something similar. Kind of.
    I keep a directory on my big machine, shared via ntfs, where I keep the
    stuff from "/var/cache/zypp/packages/". I also configure all my repos to
    "keep downloaded packages".

    When I do updates or installs, the rpms are saved there. When I install
    a second time, the rpms are not downloaded from internet because they
    are already in the local cache.

    It is not as easy as it sounds, though. You have to make sure that the
    directory names matches on all installs and make symlinks. If it is a
    laptop things get interesting when you are off-site. You can not do
    installs on two machines at the same time, on the chance that both
    download the exact same file.


    This could be done easier with a proxy cache. But it is not that easy
    either, because the actual download link is dynamic, it can come from a
    number of mirrors.

    IMHO, it would be very nice to have a specialized deamon on the
    distribution, so that yast/zypper could talk to it.


    Anyhow, I find easier, faster and safer to restore from cloned images.
    The result is guaranteed to be the same as it was. Was, that is.

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    Default Re: How do I make a complete backup?

    On Mon 17 Feb 2014 06:08:12 PM CST, Carlos E. R. wrote:

    IMHO, it would be very nice to have a specialized deamon on the
    distribution, so that yast/zypper could talk to it.
    Hi
    It does, it's called spacewalk and zypp-plugin-spacewalk all
    deployment is done via a centralized machine, or locally via zypper if
    you can't wait....

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    Default Re: How do I make a complete backup?

    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    Hi
    How long does it take to clone a disk?
    It takes me 5mins to back up my 120GB SSD and another 5mins if I want to restore it. Clonezilla has been the fastest back up solution for me. Make sure to follow the online tutorial because while the process is quite easy, it is not very intuitive at first. After you get the hang on it, it's quite simple.

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