I'm running Ubuntu and I'd like to create an image of my OS. Is this possible?
I used CCC on my mac, it was great it even copies everything in a logical order so it technically defrags for you.
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CCC is just a fancy front-end gui for rsync. I'm not sure if there is an equivalent for linux, but if you don't mind the command line, you can do what you want there:
rsync -a -x / /media/backupdisk/
Replace /media/backupdisk/ with whatever mount point your backup disk is attached to.
If you want the backup disk to be an exact copy, add the --delete flag:
rsync -a -x --delete / /media/backupdisk/
If you want to make an image (byte for byte) you can always use
Use Clonezilla and make a 100% bootable copy of your drive! It works and can even handle OSX HFS+ volumes, ext4, NTFS etc. Also, it will handle Grub wery well even if the PC is dual boot (e.g. Windows and Linux).
The closest tool to CCC that i could find for Linux is "Timeshift". But still it's not as good as CCC, because it won't create a 1:1 clone but instead will boot up with some kind of "timeshift recovery" mode ...
In fact i went back to Clonezilla, because i really do want a 1:1 bootable clone. It's annoying i need to reboot and it doesn't do Diff-syncing. But it's still the best option that i could find.
once you get used to different options, you can transport the whole operating system from a computer to another with rsync (not to difficult to figure out the options, especially if you are just using local backups). unlike clonzilla, dd, etc, everything is extremely fast (100 times faster than ccc) and it does do incremental backups. i think it is is fantastic tool