Backup image of hard drive and bare metal restore
December 29, 2011 2:34 PM Subscribe
Backup and Bare Metal Restore Best Practices: What is the current state of the art for dead-simple drive imaging? I need to backup a mix of Windows 7, Ubuntu, and OSX computers. I would like to do a full drive image, so that in the event of a problem restoration is simple. I need a solution that is automated in the sense that I start the process and can walk away. (Bonus points if it's automated in the sense that it can run automatically at certain intervals from another computer on the network or a NAS.) Ideally, the backup image would be compressed to save space, but my main concern is that it shouldn't take a lot of time or learning curve to set the process up or manually start the process when it's time to backup. Help?
posted by gd779 to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've always been amazed that backup isn't a "solved" problem by now, and I'm hoping I'm just ignorant of the solution. My impression is that the various backup solutions are buggy (Ghost), OS specific (Carbon Copy Cloner, DriveImageXML) or complicated and fussy (CloneZilla, dd). Other backup solutions (notably CrashPlan) don't do whole-drive cloning. All I'm looking for is a device that I can plug into a USB port, boot to, and have it image the existing drive for me without me having to think about it. Is this possible?
One last thing: if necessary to find a dead-simple solution, I'd be willing to throw the Windows machines under the bus and only backup the Ubuntu and OSX machines.