General :: Backing Up To An External Hard Drive?

Apr 6, 2010

I've been thinking about it and I have a few ideas how I could do this...

I could always just image the drive...

Code:
dd if=/dev/sda of=/media/EXHD/bakup_$(date +%F).iso
Also; I could use rsync...
Code:
rsync -auv --delete / /media/EXHD/bakup_$(date +%F)/

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I've been doing mostly "dd" images...but was wondering if I'm just wasting time backing up a mostly empty HD (256GB and only 5% is used...so dd-ing seems like kinda of a waste).

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Allow me to show you some commands I ran:

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Okay, here's the information you'll need to make a diagnosis....

Here's the output of a "df -h" command:

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Here's the contents of my /etc/fstab:


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Here's the output of a mount command:

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Here's the output of fdisk on the device in question:

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Command (m for help):

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