You'll now get a list of drives and the partitions on them. The first entry in the list is special: it's the one you select when you're restoring your machine from a previous backup. For now, you'll be looking for your netbook's drive - most likely listed as
hda1 and marked EXT2 or EXT3 if it's a Linux machine, FAT or NTFS if you use Windows. Highlight the correct drive and hit the spacebar to mark it with an asterisk.
Note that the screengrabs below show typical set-ups - don't expect what you see on your machine to match them exactly.
You'll get a similar screen next - this time, you tell PING the drive on which you want it to store the backup. It'll be listed as something like
sdb1, and you'll probably recognise the drive's label.
Now it's time to configure your backup. On the next screen, you enter the name of the folder into which the backup will be saved. Just enter a
\ to create the backup at the top level of the disk's folder structure and hit Enter.
The following screen lists folders already present on the drive. It also gives you the chance to create a new one, so select Create_New_Image.
Next, you'll be asked to enter a name the backup - the "name of the new Image". How about
My_Backup? This will force PING to create a folder called
My_Backup at the end of the path you specified on the previous page.
PING will ask you now if you want to store detailed file information in the back-up. For most netbook users, it's best to select 'No'.
The next screen asks you which compression scheme you want to use:
gzip makes for a quicker back-up process, but
b2zip packs the files in more tightly - handy if you're backing up to a low-capacity Flash drive. We use
gzip to save time. Or you can select to use no compression at all.
DD a live filesystem.
You can sometimes do this, but you need to know a lot about your distro.
I do it from a live USB of Puppy.
As pointed out with varying levels of politeness above dd should be run from a boot cd/usb stick and not from a live running OS. When I had used it previously it was from a USB stick as that was what I was told to do, the link I posted above didn't state that so I didn't either on this occasion,
I was aware running it on a live system wasn't ideal, but equally I didn't realise it was so diabolically bad as people have suggested. Lesson learned and all that.
This is precisely why I mentioned in my original comment that I don't normally comment on these kinds of guides, I'm not a linux guru nor a journalist.
@Tom ... A little less venom in your replies might be helpful rather than coming over as a complete righteous nob.
Paris because someone needs some love.
We use Clonezilla to create images for out Netbooks, works without fail!
Maybe I'm missing something
But isn't this sort of jobby something that linux live CDs were supposed to cover?
At least that way you get a full functioning system with internet capability for help etc - especially if the restore has failed. I believe Fedora and/or Ubuntu can be USB stick installations.
That'll work. You can also use nc (netcat) as well
This is why you boot from a live CD or USB key to do the backup. I doubt anyone was suggesting that you can use DD to backup a running filesystem.
Paris, cuz I'd backup her system anyday