[mythtv-users] Backup software

Larry Finger Larry.Finger at lwfinger.net
Tue Jul 24 01:01:40 UTC 2012

On 07/23/2012 06:35 PM, Amy Overmyer wrote:
>>> Disks are so large these days that the only practical way of backing them up is to other disks.  I don't ??>>understand reusing small disks, as a 2TB costs only about a hundred now.
> But it's for a slave backend that only needs enough space for its own software.
> Plus the computer only has IDE ports, and I don't want to use a PCI slot for a
> SATA controller if I don't need to, as the more stuff I hook up, the warmer it
> will be inside the case. This PC sits in a basement and controls satellite
> dishes and motors. When it records, it uses the LAN to record to the master
> backend.

If all you need is a quick way to restore this system when it fails, I would 
install two of your small drives, partition and format the primary for your 
system, and place a single partition on the secondary. After you get the system 
disk the way you want it, then boot the System Rescue CD and use partimage to 
image each of the partitions onto the secondary. They go there as a set of 
files. After that is done, disconnect the secondary until you need it. When you 
do, replace the failed primary, setup the new one, hookup the one with the 
backup, and restore the data with partimage. You then need to replace the 
bootstrap. The process does not work as well with an automated backup, but it is 
a way to get a failed system back up quickly.


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