[SATLUG] Live backup / hot imaging software for Linux?

buddylee48 buddylee48 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 3 16:56:45 CST 2011

In that case why don't you first dd copy (so the partitioning is identical
along with the mbr), and from there on out you mount the partitions like any
other device and rsync the appropriate files? And you wont be eating up as
much power copying everything instead of what has just changed since last


On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 4:53 PM, David Salisbury <
david.salisbury at momentumweb.com> wrote:

> > That can be a bit tricky since other processes may be updating the
> partition as
> > you are copying.  You really don't want to copy the partition superblock
> and related
> > data.
> But, if I'm wanting a full image of the drive (so as to just plug the
> backup in and go in case of drive failure) don't I need the partition
> superblock and structure data as well?  I know that the partition content
> can change during the copy, and with the data/processes on this drive/system
> that's OK.  I guess I'd just like to be able to make a full, fully-bootable
> copy of a drive without having to shut down the machine that it's running
> on, if I can.
> Oh, and I'd tried the copy command before with "cp /dev/hda /dev/hdb", but
> sometimes the result in /dev/hdb would work and would boot and sometimes it
> wouldn't, even after booting with a rescue disc and repairing anything
> bootloader-related.  I was just curious if there's something that will do
> this type of backup on a more "consistent" basis.
> David
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