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I have 2 different distributions all the time, the main one is always gentoo
with bleeding edge software, the other one these last times is usually
debian. Once a month I boot my PC with the system rescue Live CD and backup
my gentoo partition with partimage. The software has an easy to follow
interfase, you can create a compressed file with all the contents of the
partition, a .bz2 file is the best but it is too slow for me, so I go for
the .tar.gz file. Partimage only compresses the used space of the partition
which is really cool, you can have a 30Gb gentoo system but if you are using
only 2Gb the final file can easily be of about 1Gb. Then, I store the backup
file twice, inside a second disk in my pc and burned in a DVDRW.
If you need to recover from the file you only have to use partimage again and
have a destination partition of the same size of the original. If the new
partition is smaller the program will complain, if it is bigger the exceeding
size will be lost. I have erased completely a disk, created partitions again
and used partimage without any problem. It can even back up w2k!
One small problem with the livecd is that it doesn't load the modules for my
usb keyboard on load, each time i have to swap to a ps2 keyboard to do this
System Rescue CD:
Partimage (included in the CD):
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