[ALUG] RPi SD backup/restore

Dennis Dryden ddryden at gmail.com
Tue Sep 19 07:47:43 BST 2017

I really like Dirvish for small/medium system backups:


On Wed, 13 Sep 2017 at 10:44, Mark Rogers <mark at more-solutions.co.uk> wrote:

> I've been experimenting with backing up and restoring Raspberry Pi SD
> cards.
> There is of-course a very easy way: use "dd" or similar to create a
> disk image. However it has three disdvantages; it is slow, and it
> creates very large backups. And it's hard to extract individual files
> from the backups.
> I've written up a quick process [1] for doing it manually, which is
> essentially:
> 1. Backup (or restore) the partitions using sfdisk
> 2. (Restore only) Create the filesystems on the destination
> 3. Backup (or restore) the files using tar.
> However I'd like some advice on scripting and improving it.
> In particular, this process creates three files (one for the partition
> info, and one each for the files from the two partitions). I'd like to
> end up with a single file, which I can do by just tar'ing the three at
> the end, but given the size of the files I want to keep the use of
> temporary files to a minimum.
> Also, at the moment it's quite inflexible in terms of restoring to a
> different sized card, but ought not be.
> But regardless, I figured there'd be enough Pi users around here who
> might find it useful.
> (Use at your own risk, it's had very limited testing so far.)
> [1]
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRk_zldu0Ra6MEEepTSKCzD55ANeasQOY9iJFY3Kh9-N_rz7Wdww1NA5CnM0s62i0f1OEyIDD4iFzZz/pub
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