Gentoo Archives: gentoo-desktop

From: Hector Pizarro <hpizarro@××××××××××.com>
To: gentoo-desktop@l.g.o
Cc: gentoo-desktop@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-desktop] Re: Backup
Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2004 14:58:56
In Reply to: [gentoo-desktop] Re: Backup by Duncan <>
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 

Good luck.

System Rescue CD:

Partimage (included in the CD):

Hector Pizarro
Amauta Technologies

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