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My home server setup - Ubuntu Linux.

If you have a secondary drive, I would just use dd to back up to it, are you running only a single drive or do you have a second (identical size or larger drive)?

 

By the way this forum is slow at the moment.

Hmm, it's on a dedicated 8 core 2.53ghz system with 8GB ram and raid10 4x15k RPM SAS drives and has a load of 0.03~0.05 so if it's slow, it's certainly something between you and us. It's working beautifully for me (at around 1,500 miles away) and in the world-wide check:

http://host-tracker.com/check_res_ajx/6454753-0/share/

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If you have a secondary drive, I would just use dd to back up to it, are you running only a single drive or do you have a second (identical size or larger drive)?

 

I only have a single drive at the moment but I could add another if it makes it easier and more secure.

 

Hmm, it's on a dedicated 8 core 2.53ghz system with 8GB ram and raid10 4x15k RPM SAS drives and has a load of 0.03~0.05 so if it's slow, it's certainly something between you and us. It's working beautifully for me (at around 1,500 miles away) and in the world-wide check:

http://host-tracker.com/check_res_ajx/6454753-0/share/

 

Probably my internet then. I think they have recruited more members and there are always disruptions when they do.

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I only have a single drive at the moment but I could add another if it makes it easier and more secure.

There are a few ways to backup using tar such as tar cf thebackup.tar /thefoldertobackup or tar czf thebackup.tar.gz /thefoldertobackup

 

The first just creates an uncompressed archive where as the second compresses it so it takes more time and CPU time. It's hard to be specific without seeing the server itself, but that should give you a good start.

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There are a few ways to backup using tar such as tar cf thebackup.tar /thefoldertobackup or tar czf thebackup.tar.gz /thefoldertobackup

 

Great.

 

What about if I fit another drive that isn't the same size? Is it still possible to actually clone the initial drive?

 

I used to run a program called Norton Ghost that made the reinstallation of drives a breeze. I could put the backup cd in and the drive would be put back as it was. Is there a program or way to achieve this.

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Great.

 

What about if I fit another drive that isn't the same size? Is it still possible to actually clone the initial drive?

 

I used to run a program called Norton Ghost that made the reinstallation of drives a breeze. I could put the backup cd in and the drive would be put back as it was. Is there a program or way to achieve this.

There is software like that for Linux but it's not cheap ($300~500 or so).

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