Linux image solution

Michael Peterson mellence at
Wed Feb 2 13:46:40 MST 2011

On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 1:42 PM, Michael Peterson <mellence at> wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 1:38 PM, Derek Cox <dcox at> wrote:
>> I am looking for an imaging solution for Linux.  I know Acronis can do
>> backups while the machine is running, under windows.  Does anyone know of a
>> free imaging software that can backup a Linux machine without requiring a
>> reboot?
>> Thanks,
>> Derek
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> You can use dd to copy the contents of a device. Syntax is:
> dd if=/dev/sda1 of=~/image
> Where /dev/sd** where /dev/sd** is the drive and partition you want to
> copy and ~/image is the place where you want to put the image.
> if and of signify input and output files respectively.
> I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for, but it is a way.

Oh sorry, I did the really bad typo. The syntax, to make sense with
the rest of my stuff, should be:

dd if=/dev/sd** of=~/image

And if you want to get carried away, you can use bs= and count= to
specify through blocks what you want to copy.

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