Back up whole Porteus installation

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alka
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Back up whole Porteus installation

Post#1 by alka » 12 Jul 2014, 10:41

Hi everybody,

I am new to Porteus distro. I would like to ask you for suggestion how to back up whole Porteus system installation. I run Porteus from usb flashdisk and I would like to manage back up with all my modules and savedat (savedat file is on usb flashdisk too)

Thanks.

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Re: Back up whole Porteus installation

Post#2 by donald » 12 Jul 2014, 12:27

Hi alka

Some suggestions can be found here.
viewtopic.php?f=81&t=3115

I prefer (and use myself) clonezilla for this task.

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Re: Back up whole Porteus installation

Post#3 by alka » 13 Jul 2014, 09:11

Thank you for the sugestion. I will try the clonezilla. And one more question. How about the mbr section/bootable ability of the device?

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Re: Back up whole Porteus installation

Post#4 by donald » 13 Jul 2014, 11:40

An Image of the whole Drive includes the mbr.
If the Drive was bootable when you created the Image, it will be bootable again.

Choosing "Beginner mode" makes it really simple to backup an usb-flash-drive.

Tutorials:
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/free ... tware.html
and
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/clonezilla.html
It looks complicated but isn't.

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Re: Back up whole Porteus installation

Post#5 by mt12345 » 15 Jul 2014, 19:48

I was using clonezilla for couple of years, backing up system partition (debian testing/unstable).
When hard drive failed I bought new one, and clonezilla refused to restore on it.
It also failed when I resized partition.
dd is raw and slow but reliable.

In case of Porteus/Slax (frugal install) I dont feel the need to backup the whole thing.
I would only backup my modules and changes (savedat) copying them to safe place (cloud?)
You can anytime quickly fresh 'install' porteus then copy modules/savedat, that's it!

I recommend backing up savedat frequently, and keep it so in case of problem you can go back
(like windows restore point or apple time machine)

if you really want image of the device I would recommend dd (unless it's bigger than 16GB).

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