Back Up/Restore Hard Drives And Partitions With Ghost4Linux

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 network, and I have a DHCP server on my router ( My Ubuntu desktop is assigned the IP address by the DHCP server. My FTP server has the static IP address, the FTP username is exampleuser, his password is howtoforge.

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

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