[ALUG] RPi SD backup/restore

Mark Rogers mark at more-solutions.co.uk
Fri Sep 22 12:46:12 BST 2017

On 21 September 2017 at 09:46, Chris Green <cl at isbd.net> wrote:
> I have my own incremental backup system which I use across several
> computers (desktop, two laptops and a Raspbery Pi).  I wrote it myself
> because I was using rdiff-nackup and wanted to improve on that.

I think this or Steve/s approaches would be the ways to go it I wanted
to do that kind of backup.

However, for my needs a dd-style backup is more appropriate (but slow,
creates large files, etc, hence looking for better ways). As I
mentioned in my last email, I think I badly described my needs in the
OP (maybe backup/restore is better described in terms of disk imaging,
albeit that actually imaging a disk is exactly what I'm trying to

My use case is more about setting one Pi up the way I like it and then
creating a dozen clones of it, than it is about not losing the
contents of the original Pi. (To be fair, that is a separate
requirement so this has been a very useful discussion all the same.)
Or it's about setting up a Pi the way I think I like it, then backing
up the whole thing because I'm about to play with it and break it
horribly or use it for some other purpose. (I tend to just swap uSD
cards cards around but given they're too small to label that's not
working out too well!)

Mark Rogers // More Solutions Ltd (Peterborough Office) // 0844 251 1450
Registered in England (0456 0902) 21 Drakes Mews, Milton Keynes, MK8 0ER

More information about the main mailing list