Backing-up Linux systems

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  1. Mutoid

    Mutoid MDL Member

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    I am trying to find Linux backup tools that I like and trust.

    I've always used Aomei or Macrium for Windows and never had problems.

    As I understand things , Timeshift is essentially a Linux equivalent of System Restore in Windows

    BackInTime gave me lots of hassle .... took ages to create the backup , and even longer to delete it !

    Many of these Linux backup tools appear to be graphical front ends for rsync .... is that correct ?

    I've used Clonezilla , and my current system is backed-up with that , but I haven't tested a restore from it.
    Likewise with Redo ... very simple and straightforward to use but again untested for restore.

    I've read some good things about Aptik .... has anybody tried this ?

    It's next on my list for "road-testing ".

    Update -
    Aptik backs up all apps and settings for Ubuntu based distros
    - it is not a full system back-up tool .... pretty handy though !
     
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  2. ausernamenoonehas

    ausernamenoonehas MDL Member

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    I've only ever used Macrium Reflect for Windows systems and its always delivered without issue.
    Aptik sounds like a really good program. I think Timeshift is a full system backup, I could be wrong. For a clean install and have all apps and settings restored Aptik sounds like the one. I'll be sure to check it out.
     
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  3. thorin0815

    thorin0815 MDL Senior Member

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    For full system backups I allways use True Image. I got a 2014 HD version for free comming with a 5 Euro SSD mounting device. :) Has no problems with any Windows/Linux version and has the best compression of all image backups I have tested. As a free alternative I would recommend AOMEI Backupper. Never liked Macrium Reflect because of its very slow speed and compression.
     
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  4. Meat[On]A[Stick]

    Meat[On]A[Stick] MDL Junior Member

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    Another vote for Acronis True Image Home 2014. When run from a usb flash drive, it has never failed to reliably backup and restore my Linux Mint 17.3, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 7 Pro triple boot laptop. All OS's on a single SSD. I prefer having one solution to a problem. Others my not, but I do.
     
  5. hoselottrich

    hoselottrich MDL Novice

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    I don't like backup tool - just take all data which is important and copie to external drive. Systems and softwares can be new installed.
     
  6. Superfly

    Superfly MDL Expert

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    Did a restore from a 17.2 backup ( internal tools) of just the root partition and it error'd out - rebooted and press "F" for fix made it boot but still have update manager FUBAR'd - says up to date but not even kernel showing...
     
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  7. shrinivas

    shrinivas MDL Junior Member

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    I have used Clonezilla for restoring Linux systems, it works well, of course with its limitations !
     
  8. Mutoid

    Mutoid MDL Member

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    Situations like yours are one of the reasons I started this thread Superfly.

    I've been backing-up windows systems for years , but only recently started looking for Linux backup strategies.

    I think of backups like motorcycle helmets .... I don't want to find out the hard way that what I have doesn't work :)
     
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  9. Superfly

    Superfly MDL Expert

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    Yup I agree, We need to find a solid solution...Aptik works great for apps/settings but what we need is a full image restore that works...
     
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  10. Mutoid

    Mutoid MDL Member

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    @Superfly

    I just had a thought .... ( yeah I know , it's a bad habit ! )

    When you did your problem backup , how was the target drive / partition formatted ?
     
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  11. thorin0815

    thorin0815 MDL Senior Member

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    As I said before, True Image is probably the best solution for full image backups. I'm doing backups like every 2 days and never had any problems restoring them. Unfortunately True Image is no freeware, but sometimes its worth to spend some bucks for your safety. ;)

    Old 2014 versions should be pretty low priced at ebay.
     
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  13. thorin0815

    thorin0815 MDL Senior Member

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    Tried it with Windows 10 GPT partitions some months ago, destroyed em while restoring. :)
     
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  14. Superfly

    Superfly MDL Expert

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    There are loads of good windows image apps but I'm referring to running it from within Linux (and not via a live boot) - I note Acronis has a Linux server version... has anyone tried that?
     
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  15. Mutoid

    Mutoid MDL Member

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    #15 Mutoid, Feb 11, 2016
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    ... my edit above ^ ....

    Yes to that Superfly !

    That's what I'm talking about !


    To anyone reading this thread :-

    Have you successfully restored a Linux system backup , to the exact same state as when you saved it ?

    How did you make and restore that backup ?

    What software was used , and please give details of the backup target drive
    [ eg type of external drive ; entire drive or partition ? ; and how did you format ? ]

    All contributions will be much appreciated :worthy:
     
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  16. Superfly

    Superfly MDL Expert

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    #16 Superfly, Feb 20, 2016
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  17. Mutoid

    Mutoid MDL Member

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    #17 Mutoid, Feb 21, 2016
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    Thanks for your post Superfly.

    I've been using Macrium 6.1 for Windows backups for some time , and of course , I made a rescue disk , but I've never tried it with Linux

    I'm a little puzzled by a point you make in your post re Linux.

    If I can't choose Ext4 as a format for the backup , how could I restore a fully working Linux system ?

    Looking at your excellent customized Grub screen , am I right in thinking that you are using Macrium to backup an entire dual-boot system ?
    .... all in one go , to an NTFS partition ?

    And have you tried a full restore from that backup ?

    Thanks again

    Mutoid
     
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  18. Superfly

    Superfly MDL Expert

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    Yup, it works the same as running it from Windows.

    The image saved to an NTFS partition makes no difference as Macrium restores the partitions contained therein, be they ext or NT.
     
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  19. JBenal

    JBenal MDL Senior Member

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    I've used Macrium 6 successfully to back up a Linux system. Macrium makes a bit-for-bit image of the disk, so it doesn't (probably) matter which OS is on the disk. Keep in mind that if you image a Linux disk with Macrium, you won't be able to browse the image like you can with a Windows image. So, create your Macrium boot medium - CD/DVD or USB - boot with that medium, choose Backup > Image Selected Disks, then follow the prompts and you'll have a drive image that can be restored using the same Macrium boot device.
     
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  20. kexanoid

    kexanoid MDL Novice

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    #20 kexanoid, Feb 21, 2016
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    I can't post links :beee:
    www_terabyteunlimited_com/downloads-image-for-linux.htm

    I use it for M$ Windows, GNU/Linux etc. (MBR/GPT disks/partitions, BIOS/UEFI systems, ~61 MB LiveBoot.ISO file) :biggrin:
    Multiboot HDD <=> SSD tested (NTFS+NTFS+ext2+ext4+ext4+swap). Not only bit-to-bit mode, FS used space, pagefile.sys & hiberfil.sys ignore and more...