I installed ubuntu without LVM. Is it still possible to make a snapshot of it? If so how can I do it? Keep in mind I never made a linux snapshot before.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Kernel 4.5


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According to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lvm

"(Snapshots) is something you simply can not do without LVM"

But not all hope is lost if you have an external hard drive or a file server some where on your network you can use imaging software like http://clonezilla.org/ to create images of your machine and restore to them as your require.

  • +1 For citing the wiki. Also Clonezilla is a great backup solution.
    – Andrew
    Jun 12, 2016 at 23:14
  • Looks like I am taking this old PC in my closet and turning it into a file server
    – Adriaan
    Jun 13, 2016 at 13:29
  • @andrew yes clonezilla is great ! Dont forget that you'll need a CD or USB to create a clonezilla image to boot too!
    – Dan
    Jun 13, 2016 at 13:37

Here are some tools that do just that:

Clonezilla is a great cloning tool but it is not designed for snapshots. You can use it that way, but you would probably be better off with a tool providing incremental backups and an in-system interface.

Wikipedia also lists free backup software supporting Linux.

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