This is the third time I have installed Ubuntu on my pc along with Windows 7, but every time I install, I have to upgrade all packages. (Almost 300 - 400 Mb). Is it possible to make a bootable DVD of my current installation so that I don't have to upgrade all the packages next time?

  • Out of curiosity, why are you reinstalling so often? That you do suggests a deeper issue. – Oli Mar 12 '11 at 3:14
  • Actually... I am not an expert of ubutu. I was installing/removing some packages, and i don't know what i do wrong in that process.. but every time i end up in some system corruption :( – Chetan Sharma Mar 12 '11 at 4:36

Remastersys is a backup tool that creates your own distro, an .iso as a live CD to install on another machine. This can include all your data, and you can select whether to include the home folder or not. Here is the Remastersys sourceforge page .
I hope this helps.

  • I am trying this option first it looks great so far. Thanks.. – Chetan Sharma Mar 13 '11 at 13:48
  • Some thing is really wrong... It just shutdowns my pc, and my pc doesn't starts after then... for almost 30 mins.. I tried it 2 times... and now i am really in very confusion to use it or not.. what if it crashed my DISK .. :( :( – Chetan Sharma Mar 14 '11 at 14:03
  • uhm, i can't tell whats going wrong there. at which stage does it shutdown exactly? – suli8 Mar 14 '11 at 15:50
  • when the remastersys starts copying files.. and there are arround 91000 files to copy.. – Chetan Sharma Mar 14 '11 at 16:03
  • which distro you are using? and which version of remaster sys ? did you choose the distro option? – suli8 Mar 14 '11 at 16:42

While not directly related to backing up your system to DVD ISO media, you should have a look at the excellent community documentation for backing up your Ubuntu system. Backup Your System


You could also clone you whole system with dd. See the following link for more details: http://www.backuphowto.info/linux-backup-hard-disk-clone-dd

  • I don't think this is what he is asking for. Also, you alway shave to be very careful when using dd. I wiped disks with this tool. – jfmessier Mar 12 '11 at 16:23

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