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Making an ISO image of my hard drive?

#1 Post by Dieselrider » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:20 am

I did this once but, it's been awhile. I think I was able to do it from the live dvd of M11. Does that sound correct?

Also, if there are errors on the current HD will they persist if I copy the image onto a new drive? There are several errors when I ran a backup so, I am not sure the backup will be much good in the future. Will an ISO image keep my data safe or no? Thanks

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Re: Making an ISO image of my hard drive?

#2 Post by joany » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:28 am

I don't know how to make an .iso file of an entire HDD (with multiple partitions), but you can make separate files of individual partitions using partition imaging software. One freebie piece of software I can recommend is fsarchiver. It runs from a bootable CD.
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Re: Making an ISO image of my hard drive?

#3 Post by Dieselrider » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:33 am

joany wrote:I don't know how to make an .iso file of an entire HDD (with multiple partitions), but you can make separate files of individual partitions using partition imaging software. One freebie piece of software I can recommend is fsarchiver. It runs from a bootable CD.
Sometimes my mess gets all talked up. That is what I meant is to make an image of my "home" partition. I don't think that is what I used last time but, I will take a look. Thanks Joany.

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Re: Making an ISO image of my hard drive?

#4 Post by Stevo » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:27 am

We also have Systemback in the M12 and M11 testing CR. It allows for backups, plus creation of bootable Live ISOs with an installer.

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Re: Making an ISO image of my hard drive?

#5 Post by Dieselrider » Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:54 pm

Stevo wrote:We also have Systemback in the M12 and M11 testing CR. It allows for backups, plus creation of bootable Live ISOs with an installer.
So, I could make an ISO of my home partition and then install it in the new drive when it comes?

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Re: Making an ISO image of my hard drive?

#6 Post by entropyfoe » Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:08 pm

How about using Clonezilla?

You can backup your partition as an image.

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Re: Making an ISO image of my hard drive?

#7 Post by uncle mark » Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:25 pm

Dieselrider wrote:
Stevo wrote:We also have Systemback in the M12 and M11 testing CR. It allows for backups, plus creation of bootable Live ISOs with an installer.
So, I could make an ISO of my home partition and then install it in the new drive when it comes?
Don't complicate it. Just copy the contents of your home somewhere, then copy the contents back to the new home on the new drive. In fact, you should have done that (the copying part) already.
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Re: Making an ISO image of my hard drive?

#8 Post by lucky9 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:36 pm

If /home is all that's needed then yes, copy it now. For Images I use Clonezilla. It can make an Image of a partition or a disk. It uses compression and leaves out the empty space. Making the Image much smaller. It's on bootable CD. If you have a copy of PartedMagic you already have a copy of Clonezilla.
If the drive is too far gone to make an Image you'll need to use PhotoRec or ddrescue. ddrescue is included on a lot of 'rescue LiveCDs'. Instructions are available in our wiki.
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Re: Making an ISO image of my hard drive?

#9 Post by NGIB » Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:58 pm

I'll jump in here.

To make an ISO of your system, you could use snapshot and I'm surprised nobody mentioned that. It works great but it takes a while especially on older hardware.

Just copying /home does not save all the work you've done customizing the system. Adding & removing programs, etc. I hate doing basic reinstalls as then I have to get rid of the stuff I don't want, add stuff I do want, and tweak the system. An installable ISO made from my system reinstalls my system.

Clonezilla does a great job but you have to reinstall on a partition that's exactly the same - no flexibility.

I'm going to test FSarchiver myself tonight and see if it provides a good solution for systems that do not have a remaster/snapshot capability. I setup my son with Mint over the weekend as it was easier for him to use than MX-14. I want to be able to backup his installed system without the partition limits Clonezilla mandates.
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Re: Making an ISO image of my hard drive?

#10 Post by Dieselrider » Mon Jun 09, 2014 3:01 pm

uncle mark wrote:
Dieselrider wrote:
Stevo wrote:We also have Systemback in the M12 and M11 testing CR. It allows for backups, plus creation of bootable Live ISOs with an installer.
So, I could make an ISO of my home partition and then install it in the new drive when it comes?
Don't complicate it. Just copy the contents of your home somewhere, then copy the contents back to the new home on the new drive. In fact, you should have done that (the copying part) already.
I did that onto the other drive on board. You or someone had mentioned about cooling fans and I had installed a couple fans awhile back and everything does run cooler now.

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