Who Needs Time Machine with "Back in Time"

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Bare Metal Recovery

Anonymous's picture

Any open-source recommendations for Bare-Metal recovery? I'm familiar with HP's ignite, and IBM's MKSYSB for their unix variants, but I'm not aware of a native tool or open-source tool.

Windows restore point does

Anonymous's picture

Windows restore point does not even touch your user files and is basically an emergency tool when you get a virus or a driver blows the world up. Restore point does not = backup. This is truly a backup and since all your settings are stored in dot files in your home directly, your settings are backed up. In other words you write over a document on accident, just recover from an hour ago. This was so fast it almost seemed like it is using lvm tricks.


Anonymous's picture

Did I see this correctly? Did he just configure the app to save snapshots of the user directory (which includes the documents directory) in the documents directory? Or am I missing something here?

Yes, but

Shawn Powers's picture

I did save to a Documents folder, but for me that's an NFS mounted server. Also, you can back up to a local folder inside the snapshot area, you just tell it not to back up the backup files. :)

Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.


ompaul's picture

sudo apt-get install foo might be better
I take it the real gag is "who needs backups"!


Anonymous's picture

it seems nice but it isn't going to save the setting and backup files like "windows restore point"

tell it to? so hard, check

cwrinn's picture

tell it to? so hard, check /etc for settings backup, check /var/log for log files. Damn, this is too difficult, I demand refund! :O