Propose working solution for fedora 13 based full hard drive backup and restore
Posted on 2010-08-30
I have fedora 13 based system in which are installed large number of programs and virtual guest operating systems with VirtualBox. This whole system is on a physical hard disk known as /dev/sda. I have a second disk /dev/sdb but that is not part of this backup.
I want to implement a robust disaster recovery management solution.
My requirements are as follows:
I am buying a third brand new hard disk 512GB that will be known as /dev/sdc after I connect it to the system.
Typically the total used size of /dev/sda is 50GB to 100GB on 320GB hard disk.
An automated backup program that runs once every late night while fedora 13 is running on the system. This program makes bit for bit disk image or snapshot of entire /dev/sda used space ( not the free space on /dev/sda) and save on /dev/sdc disk.
It should do some type of compression like gzip. This program must be reliable to withstand sudden power outage.
The program should backup in such a way that /dev/sdc contains disk images of most recent 5 days ( 5 disk images). That means on day 6, the disk image that was created on day 1 is overwritten and on day 7 , disk image that was created on day 2 is overwritten and so on. Should also account for days in which power went out or simply the system was off and skip that day automatically.
Now in case of /dev/sda disk crash or os corruption or unrecoverable misconfiguration, I will install a new disk to take the place of /dev/sda or reformat the old disk then perform bit for bit copy operation from disk image that I choose from /dev/sdc. Please specify how this part will be done now that I cannot boot to fedora. After this is done I have fully functional sytem exactly at the state when the backup program made the disk image that I chose to restore.
Significant efforts have gone into setting up fedora and all the programs and VMs installation and configuration. It is plainly impossible to re-install fedora and re-install all the programs and VMs. So the solution that backups only the files I produce or /home folder WILL NOT work in my case. I will have a separate online based solution for that.
The above solution is based on making entire disk images and saving on local disk because it is simply not possible to upload 100 GB of data every night over the wire at 100 kbps.
The solution should be based on freely available linux based tools but must be reliable.
Please provide solution for the scenario specifically as given above instead of providing me a link to some backup