How to backup a Kubuntu System partition?

Posted on 2010-09-20
Last Modified: 2013-12-16

How to backup a Kubuntu System partition?
I saw Partimage is a solution. But one of my friends told you could also copy all files from the system partioton to another. Will this work to restore the system, is this true?

What is the best practice?

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Ferrosti earned 50 total points
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I usually don't backup my system like this. Ubuntu is set up very fast, so I usually go for my data as well as my home directory.
Since I play around with my system a lot it is more reliable to set it up and put back my home directory. That's all.

In your case the bootsector won't be backed up, so you'd either have to install it new or really go the partimage way.

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mobilescholar earned 250 total points
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Partimage is very useful. If you are new to linux, you could try Clonezilla ( which has a user-friendly front-end to utilities like partimage.

What backup scheme are you going to use (daily, weekly, monthly) and to what medium (an internal/external disk, burn to DVD, tape drive? Is this a business server or a home desktop?

For my home server, I just backup my /home/ directory weekly and just keep an install disk handy (and a list of the system modifications I make).

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First thanks you both!

Home desktop. This is just for testing and fun. :-)
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gelonida earned 150 total points
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I only make partial backups
- /etc
- /home
- /root

I use rsync for this task.


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Jelcin earned 50 total points
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If you want a complete image of a hdd you can use "dd if=/dev/sda(x) of=/home/user/image.img".
You can than mount this image with mount -o loop, offset=x /home/user/image.img /mnt/image.
Or write it to another hdd by changing if target with of target.
This is good if you want a full backup of your hdd including mbr and partition table or a backup of a single partition.
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I agree with the dd command
however if I didn't overlook something, then no offset should be specified for the mount command
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gelonida earned 150 total points
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making an image of your system partition is a rather safe way of backing up the system.

However please note, that backing up the system partition means, that the system partition should be mounted read-only (or not at all)

if your system partition isn't too big and and you don't want to backup your system partition too often, then
dd is a nice option.

if you do not intend to perform a loopback mount of your backup, then you could compress it.

dd if=/dev/sda(x) | gzip > /home/user/image.img.gz

this might be useful in case you wanted to store multiple generations of your file system

If you wanted to mount the image file later on, then you had to uncompress it
(However you would need enough disk space on your backup medium to store the compressed AND uncompressed version.

You could also look at fsarchiver, though I never tried it personally


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you can use offset if you do a full backup of the complete hdd with several partitions. With offset you can than specify where the single partitions within full hdd backup you want to mount start.
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Made a mistake want to give 100 points to gelonida ID 33719813. Total 500 Points.

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