6 years ago
Get REDO Backup & Recovery burn to CD
REDO makes a complete mirror or clone copy of an entire hard drive including, operating system (OS) and all files.
Connect a backup formatted hard drive (Linux or Windows format) to computer. Booting REDO CD, loading requires several minutes. If load fails hold down power button, shutdown and reboot.
Make two backup copies and maybe delete unwanted backup priors. Two backups, because sometimes one maybe corrupt. Then compare content byte size of two folders make sure they match.
After installing a new OS, make a REDO backup in case anything goes wrong when customizing, configuring and adding more applications.
Here's my REDO folder scheme:
Name one folder: 04-10-16-a fresh-install
Name folder two: 04-15-10-b fresh-install
Make backups of fresh install OS and, keep them.
Thereafter date new added folders:
Folders can be created using REDO.
Using REDO is simple, self-explanatory and easy. There are only two options Backup, or Restore. After selecting an operation, carefully select the correct source drive to copy from and where to backup or restore. When restoring make sure target drive is formatted. REDO has formatting tools, although, better to format ahead of time.
Additionally it has Accessories which include a File Manager, delete/create folders and check byte content. Also has Disk Tools>Disk Utility for checking; SMART status, Benchmark, and Format.
Depending on CPU computer speed a 40GB backup takes half to an hour (about 1 minute per GB). Restoring works twice faster.
One Bug & One Workaround
Bug: After restoring from a backup, sometimes or often grub2 needs to be reinstalled. To reinstall grub2 it's handy to have a Linux OS installed on a USB flash drive (thumb drive) and having internet connection is simple to reinstall grub2**. Also having that rescue thumb drive is great for rescuing files from an inoperable OS.
**Reinstalling grub2: If you have a rescue drive and internet connection follow this link and skip to SECTION TWO, or use a LiveCD following SECTION ONE.How to Reinstall grub2 Using Mint LiveCD!https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/2283
Workaround: REDO can only backup a hard drive and restore to one of the same size or larger, not vice versa, larger to smaller does not work. Regardless what size the backup, e.g.; backup a 500GB hard drive containing only 40GB of information. REDO cannot restore to a 250GB hard drive. Here is a workaround: Use Gparted to resize one of or the main partition on the 500GB hard drive, because of swap partition shrink main partition down to something less than 250GB. Then use REDO to backup the newly resized 500GB hard drive. Next, use REDO's Restore and restore to smaller drive. Lastly, use Gparted and resize 250GB hard drive main partition to fit its full capacity while leaving room for swap partition. Once again use Gparted to resize back the 500GB hard drive to its full capacity.
Easy Backup, Recovery & Bare Metal Restore
"Using REDO is simple, self-explanatory and easy. There are only two options Backup, or Restore. After selecting an operation, carefully select the correct source drive to copy from and where to backup or restore. When restoring make sure target drive is formatted. REDO has formatting tools, although, better to format ahead of time."
That statement is as bogus as one claiming a certain piece of software is 'SOOOO intuitive'. Intuitive for the developer that created it, but that is all.
If you're going to write a tutorial, then WRITE A TUTORIAL. That means break it down, step by step, leaving ABSOLUTELY NOTHING out. ASSUME NOTHING, except, perhaps, that your target audience knows nothing about the program or anything else. YOUR JOB is to take them by the hand and LEAD THEM to where they need to go. If you're not going to do that DO NOT attempt to write a tutorial, because you will fail before you begin!
@ Hammer459 fair enough. It is an article detailing both my experience and a workaround. Some prefer Clonezilla, apparently it can restore to a smaller drive. However, REDO is more "user friendly" far as a few clicks here and there. Clonezilla is more text based. I've never used Clonezilla. REDO works fine, aside from having to reinstall grub2, and if also needing the workaround. Otherwise, I've never had any other trouble backing up and restoring with REDO.
I don't qualify this as a tutorial, more an article describing your experience with REDO, and frankly, after reading this I'd choose anything else. Key words for this statement "sometimes fails" "workaround"
So far 3 votes, 1 positive, 2 negative, and no constructive criticism. Maybe they don't like REDO, or prefer something else, like Clonezilla?