Complete backup of Linux install

Charles Curley charlescurley at
Mon Nov 21 13:18:56 MST 2005

On Mon, Nov 21, 2005 at 10:59:31AM -0700, Kenneth Burgener wrote:
> I want to make a complete backup image of my Linux Server install.  Is 
> there a suggested tool for this?  I want be able to at any point wipe 
> the system out and get my system running quickly with the backup image.

> Will Symantec Norton Ghost 10.0 this?  I noticed I could get Norton 
> Ghost for free after rebates today [1], and am trying to decide if this 
> is a good option for what I am trying to do.
> I am sure someone will suggest something like using "dd" to make the 
> image, but I am not sure I want to store a 50GB image of the entire 
> disk, when the OS, applications, and data combined only take 700MB.  I 
> think I have heard that there are imaging tools that will just backup 
> actually used bytes on the disk instead of the entire disk, including 
> empty free space.
> I also have a Windows desktop that I need to backup, so a tool that will 
> do both Linux and Windows images would be best.
> Suggestions would be very much appreciated.
> Kenneth
> [1] 
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