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Re: Speaking of tar, Can I use it to BU my win98 partition.

Joe(theWordy)Philbrook wrote:

It would appear that on May 11, Joe(theWordy)Philbrook did say:

Thanks again Luciano, I much appreciate the informative explanation.

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One more tar question for the expert users...

Tar is becoming part of my primary back up strategy for all my linux
partitions. Tar, split & xcdroast works for me! But I'd like to make it
a complete strategy and even use it to back up my windows stuff...

I can't think of a reason why it can't. I could do some empirical
testing I suppose. But if I restore my win98 from a tarfile and it
doesn't work, Id regret it.

Has anybody successfully backed up AND restored a windows filesystem with
tar. ( I'm talking the whole "C:" drive ) If I ever screw up and let it
gets infested with something, I'd like to know that I could boot linux
from a lilo floppy, and:
# shred /dev/hda1
# mkdosfs -F 32 /dev/hda1
# mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mountpoint
# cd /mountpoint
# tar -xzf tarfile.tgz .
# lilo -b /dev/hda

Reboot and select the win98 boot item. And actually have win98 running?
But I suppose I might have to replace the mkdosfs line with booting from
a win98 rescue floppy that has the win/dos version of fdisk and format
on it(with LBA support...) Then reboot into linux and pick up with the
mount command...

But I would definitely like to use my trustwothy linux to archive my
win89 file system.

If this possible???

Have you tried mondoarchive?

I use it and have it set to run from a cron job at night once a week. A full backup monthly, differential backups weekly (this is my home system).
It creates bootable iso images for the backup on hard drive and then I use cdrecord to put them onto cd for storage. (It can backup directly to the cdrom if you wish, or to tape or an nfs mounted drive.)

A full backup of a system with about 38gb of data takes 18 700mb CDs (about 2.1gb of data on each 700mb cd) It also can be used to do a backup of other filesystems that are mounted such as your Win98.

This would be much better than a tar archive because of the ability to boot and do a full bare bones recovery. Also with the major compression it takes less space, And with less manual work than the tar - split - cdrecord routine.

just my $0.02 :-)


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