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Re: [vox-tech] Utility to image a hard drive
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Re: [vox-tech] Utility to image a hard drive

Some things of note:

If you use any kind of Logical Volume Management (LVM) and setup the disc in such a way that everything is installed on an LV, you can back things up easier.  It gives you a bit more flexibility on a layer below the filesystem.

Fedora, RedHat Enterprise (and the clones) have been by default setting this up.  I have a problem with this going in by _default_.  LVM is a bit of a curve ball to deal with on a system.  The  is great (hot backups, mirroring, etc) but can confuse a new user who does a default kitchen sink install.  I've just had to explain it quite a few times.

It might be worth thinking about if your systems grow beyond hobby/testing.  

I would like to hear what others use to healthy backups in production environments.



"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the 
mind of the oppressed."
-- Steven Biko
("White Racism and Black Consciousness", in I Write What I Like)

--- On Wed, 4/8/09, Thomas Johnston <trjohnston@ucdavis.edu> wrote:

> From: Thomas Johnston <trjohnston@ucdavis.edu>
> Subject: [vox-tech] Utility to image a hard drive
> To: vox-tech@lists.lugod.org
> Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 8:43 PM
> I installed Debian (lenny) on my laptop last week and it is
> my first
> exposure to Linux.  I was wondering if anyone had a
> recommendation for
> a utility to "image" my laptop's hard drive
> to an external drive.  I
> would like to perform some kind of complete system backup
> now that I
> have the absolute essentials working.  There are lots of
> tweaks that I
> would like to try (nvidia graphics driver, sleep/resume
> functionality,
> etc, etc.), but I am certain that I will wind up royally
> screwing
> things up.  If possible, I would like to avoid spending
> another week
> just getting back to where I am now.
> Thanks,
> Thomas Johnston
> PS - Thanks again to all those who helped me get Matlab
> installed!!
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