backup to usb and full restore to HDD?

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21 May 2022 19:03 #243499 by robertspark
in need of some guidance, I am looking for a means to backup a working configuration (full install) onto an SD card so that it can be restored via a bootable USB and a simple gui / menu to restore the backup completely to the hdd.

HDD is 16gb
SD card is 32gb

have looked at various options (systemrestore and other similar variants)

I am aware of and have used DD to clone a HDD to a second HDD .... but I'm looking for a usb stick solution (bootable)

anyone got any suggestions?

anyone do / done something like this before?

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21 May 2022 22:54 #243507 by tommylight
Ventoy = www.ventoy.net/
or
Multisystem = liveusb.info/dotclear/index.php?pages/install
and
CloneZilla = clonezilla.org/

Mind the "or".
CloneZilla creates and restores backups, but does not take ages as it saves only sectors with data. Also does not restore to a smaller dist than the originating one (well it does, but not always).
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Might not be important info, but i carry two USb sticks with those always for over 15 or more years, great tools.
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22 May 2022 06:26 #243532 by robertspark
thanks Tommy,

I came across rescuezilla ast night, and gave it a go, very quick and idiot proof

clonezilla + a GUI as an Ubuntu iso

rescuezilla.com/

I'll take a look at your posts too thanks very much for taking the time
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23 May 2022 22:13 #243643 by andypugh
If you just want to get back to a LinuxCNC install, copy the linuxcnc directory to USB and reinstall from the ISO disc.

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24 May 2022 07:32 #243667 by robertspark
thanks but I was looking for a quick way to do a complete reset if someone messes everything up or does something daft.

for myself I just backup the linuxcnc folder and reuse it on other machines.

I was also looking for a quick restore if a HDD failure occurred.

saves having to reinstall the linuxcnc.iso / Debian and copy it to flash drive etc.

I was surprised how quick it was to backup and restore the drive using rescuezilla.

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24 May 2022 13:00 #243682 by andypugh

thanks but I was looking for a quick way to do a complete reset if someone messes everything up or does something daft.


You _could_ add your working config to the ISO builder and make a new ISO. 
Put  the linuxcnc  folder in here: 
github.com/LinuxCNC/buster-live-build/tr...g/includes.installer
and add the default user name to the preseed file. 

(I don't guarantee this to be as easy as I just suggested) 

 
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24 May 2022 17:49 #243709 by robertspark
how does that work?

presume just clone it to the local HDD and then just run the sudo commands in the readme file?

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24 May 2022 17:51 #243710 by robertspark

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