[mythtv-users] OT: Free backup solution for my linux boxes?

Mike Poublon poublon at geeksoft.dyndns.org
Sat Jun 9 16:48:25 UTC 2007

William Munson wrote:
> After a lightning strike took out my windows boxes last week I am now 
> hyper aware of a need to backup to non-volatile media. I have found a 
> good solution for windows systems however I have not yet found something 
> I like for linux.
> My requirements are:
> 1. Backup to DVD-R
> 2. Backup of all specified partitions. Dont want to back up the tv 
> recordings partition.
> 3. Must use/create bootable DVD so that I do not have to reinstall linux 
> to restore backup.
> 4. No need for periodic backups. I will run them when I make significant 
> changes to the system.
> My windows solution is PowerQuest Drive Image (With bootable floppy)
> Suggestions?
I've manually made backups with a knoppix/live cd using the following 

Boot knoppix
mount local filesystem(s) to backup
mount remote filesystem to backup to
cd /src/filesystem
tar -czf /remote/location/filesys.tar.gz .
[repeat for any other local filesystems]

When restoring all you have to do is:

boot knoppix/live cd
recreate filesystem(s) on disks
mount local filesystem(s)
mount remote filesystem
cd /dst/filesystem
tar -zxf /remote/location/filesys.tar.gz
re-install grub/bootloader


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