Let me tell you about a very nice app I have found. It's called PartImage and is available here
I was looking for a way to backup my entire FC4 install in case of emergency. I found PartImage and it sounded good. I did not download the app, but purchased a copy of SimplyMEPIS 3.3.1
(it was only $3.00) from Linux Central
since SimplyMEPIS has a copy of PartImage on the LiveCD. You can also purchase the SystemRescueCD
from Budget Linux CD's
, which also has PartImage on it.
I popped SimplyMEPIS in the CD tray, did a reboot and MEPIS started up. I opened a console in MEPIS and typed "partimage" and partimage started up. The PartImage UI was so easy to use that I didn't need to read much and I had my /boot and / partitions backed up in about hour. You do, however, need to make sure that the partition you are copying from is not
mounted and the partition that you are saving to is
mounted. Using the gz (gzip) option in PartImage, I was able to get my 9Gb / partition shrunk down to 2Gb and I put that on /dev/hdb4 for storage. Now when I need to restore my / or /boot partitions, it's as easy as loading MEPIS and using PartImage.
PartImage is an awesome app and SimplyMEPIS is an awesome LiveCD. I recommend that everyone obtain a copy of SimplyMEPIS because it can be used for so many things.. office documents, DVD movies, music CD's, surfing the net, email, etc - a full Linux distro that runs without the need of a hard drive is quite handy to have. I take SimplyMEPIS with me when I go to a friends house or the library or anywhere that I am not able to install Fedora.