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Is there any easy and open source backup/restore solution for installed (after clear install) Ubuntu system, like Acronis Home backup ?

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Isn't it a duplicate of this question: askubuntu.com/questions/2596/comparison-of-backup-tools I don't see the difference really. –  Huygens Nov 15 '10 at 0:12
    
Partially yes :) However what I am asking is an analogue software for Ubuntu like the Acronis backup is for Windows systems. –  Vincenzo Nov 15 '10 at 20:05
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Then perhaps a rephrase would be required to be able to clearly distinguish your question from the one I linked. That would also give you more accurate answer :-) –  Huygens Nov 15 '10 at 22:08
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Yes you can use remastersys for that.You can see a complete tutorial here

The best way is always make a seperate /home partition.See the posts below you can find a better and easy way to backup/restore your system.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=35087

http://www.debianadmin.com/backup-and-restore-your-ubuntu-system-using-sbackup.html

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I am not familiar with Remastersys, but I know about huge potential of Remastersys for creating new custiomised Ubuntu installations. What I am looking for is a simple backup/restore of installed Ubuntu. –  Vincenzo Nov 15 '10 at 20:03
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If you are talking about Acronis® True Image(TM) Home, Bear in mind that this product is not just a file backup tool it is also a disk imaging tool which means it can take a one to one snapshot of your disk.

If you want something to run from Ubuntu desktop that can Image your system then look at Partimage here; http://www.partimage.org/Main_Page, an old tutorial here; http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/partimage Partimage can be installed from the software center, it supports a wide variety of file systems.

This can be used in conjunction with a simple file backup system as pointed out by others here to effectively replace the Acronis product. If you want a more powerful file backup system, Backuppc may be good, see; http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/info.html#intro, this is available in the Ubuntu repositories as well.

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Good point that this is not so much about general backups. Re backuppc, I've run across a bunch of problems with it in Precise, as mentioned briefly at software recommendation - Comparison of backup tools - Ask Ubuntu. –  nealmcb Jun 29 '12 at 1:53
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You don't need any software on ubuntu to do a complete system backup. The easiest and more powerful way of backing up can be found here: Howto: Backup and restore your system!. You can backup and restore entire system live or from a live cd. If you have a corrupted MBR then you can use super grub2 disk . Pop the super grub2 disk in, select optical drive boot, and it will show the existing OS's on your hard drive. Boot into ubuntu, and run sudo grub-install /dev/sda. That's it, the easiest way for restoring grub2.

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On Ubuntu sbackup (Simple Backup Suite) is a nice little piece of software to backup your system. It's usually what we install on home computers we give to people. You can check it out here: apt://sbackup

Edit, here is a link to community documentation about it too: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BackupYourSystem/SimpleBackupSuite

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Since you are talking about total (partition) backup, I recommend Clonezilla (runs from LiveCD)

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I think that Clonezilla is a good choise, yet it is not so easy to use like Acronis Backup or Norton Ghost. I would be grateful if there is any simple full system backup software, which runs from CD or USB stick. –  Vincenzo Nov 15 '10 at 19:59
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