Slightly OT: Hard Disk Backup program?

Bill Ries-Knight steelhoof at
Sat Aug 29 23:35:20 CDT 2009

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On Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 9:08 PM, Richard Perry <perryrt at> wrote:

> I need/want a hard drive backup solution....for my Inspiron 1420 and three
> other Linux machines.
> Linux/Ubuntu will do this several ways, but none of them really seem to
> work the way I want them to. What I'm looking for is a program I can start
> up either in the OS or by booting from a CD/USB, then will allow me to make
> a complete copy of the entire drive - OS, configurations, drivers,
> everything from soup to nuts and save it to a different network drive. Then
> if it ALL goes horribly wrong, I want to be able to boot my machine from a
> recovery CD/USB and pull back the image from the network drive.
> The packages I've been looking at appear to be able to do MOST of this job,
> but don't seem to be able to duplicate the whole partition, or assume you
> format and install Ubuntu on the computer first ... or maybe it's just
> another thing about *nix usage that I Just Don't Understand Yet.
> Anyway, I'm looking for suggestions...bonus points are available for
> packages available in the Ubuntu 9.04 repository.
> Thanks, folks!
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