Back Up/Restore Hard Drives And Partitions With Ghost4Linux

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Submitted by falko (Contact Author) (Forums) on Tue, 2007-01-09 16:08. :: Backup

Back Up/Restore Hard Drives And Partitions With Ghost4Linux

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Author: Falko Timme <ft [at] falkotimme [dot] com>
Last edited 01/02/2007

This tutorial shows how you can back up and restore hard drives and partitions with Ghost4Linux. Ghost4Linux is a Linux Live-CD that you insert into your computer; it contains hard disk and partition imaging and cloning tools similar to Norton Ghost. The created images are compressed and transferred to an FTP server instead of cloning locally.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

 

1 Preliminary Note

I've tested Ghost4Linux by letting it back up and restore the /dev/sda1 partition of my Ubuntu Edgy Eft desktop. The backups are done via FTP, so we need an FTP server, preferably in our local network because large amounts of data might be transferred. If you don't know how to set up an FTP server, you can find two examples here:

You need an FTP user plus his password, and make sure that this user's quota is big enough because the images that are created can be some GB of size, depending on the size and usage of the partitions that you back up.

In this tutorial, my systems are in the 192.168.0.0 network, and I have a DHCP server on my router (192.168.0.1). My Ubuntu desktop is assigned the IP address 192.168.0.213 by the DHCP server. My FTP server has the static IP address 192.168.0.100, the FTP username is exampleuser, his password is howtoforge.

The DHCP server is optional, all this works with static IP addresses, too.

 

2 Get Ghost4Linux

First we must download the Ghost4Linux iso image from http://sourceforge.net/projects/g4l and burn it to a CD. At the time of this writing the current version is 0.21, so we download it from one of these mirrors.

 

3 Configure The FTP Server

"Configure" might be the wrong word, but we must log in to our FTP server (in this tutorial 192.168.0.100) with our FTP user (in this tutorial exampleuser):

Once we are logged in, we use our FTP client to create a directory called img since this is the default directory where Ghost4Linux will store the backups (of course, you can specify a different directory in Ghost4Linux, but I use img in this article):

 

4 Boot Ghost4Linux

Next we insert the Ghost4Linux CD into the CD drive of the system we want to back up (for example, your Ubuntu desktop) and make the system boot from the Ghost4Linux CD (you might have to change the order of the boot devices in the BIOS so that the computer tries to boot from the CD before the hard drive). Ghost4Linux comes up with this screen. Hit ENTER to boot:

After Ghost4Linux has booted, it shows you a disclaimer, some basic instructions, and some kind of changelog. Hit ENTER each time to proceed:


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Submitted by JohnnyBoyClub (not registered) on Fri, 2010-06-25 13:40.

From my oppinion the software looks kinda old and a little hard to use for many people.

I suggest you to use another easier to use software like http://www.dmailer.com/dmailer-backup.html  to backup / restore the computer or any files you want to backup.

Their software is free and also the online backup service is also free up to 3gb of space ( if you need higher pack of storage they have some at good prices ) , also the software is easy to use than most of other softwares that do that.

Submitted by MikeInWA (not registered) on Mon, 2011-05-23 15:17.
Now DMailer might be good, but now we're talking backup software for everything else but Linux. If you're on a Linux box then the software mentioned in the article is a very good solution. //Mike