Windows 10: Free Macrium for Linux Imaging and restoring (Not cloning but imaging)

Discus and support Free Macrium for Linux Imaging and restoring (Not cloning but imaging) in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; Hi folks The standalone version of Free Macrium will backup and restore Linux systems -- but with a slight proviso you will probably have to... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by jimbo45, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. jimbo45 Win User

    Free Macrium for Linux Imaging and restoring (Not cloning but imaging)


    Hi folks
    The standalone version of Free Macrium will backup and restore Linux systems -- but with a slight proviso you will probably have to re-generate the bootloader / grub on the first boot of the restored system. I'm specifying IMAGING the systems and not cloning them as I want system backup images to be easily available on my archive backup sets for restores -- not whole HDD clones.

    However you can still boot your Linux system on EFI even when you get what the system looks like a No No -- Message No boot device !!!!!


    Free Macrium for Linux Imaging and restoring (Not cloning but imaging) [​IMG]



    Go into the bios and you'll usually find an option - Boot from the EFI file -- hit about 2 or 3 times until you see the boot file of your Linux machine and select and enter -- then the system boots perfectly --you don't even need to use a Live distro to recover the boot. Once booted simply rerun the grub configuration program and next boot you will be able to boot normally.

    Creating the image takes a bit longer than restore -- around 42 mins for 238GB Linux system and 19 mins on restore on my test Linux HP laptop -- SSD for the internal HDD and external USB3 portable device (NTFS formatted) for the image file. (the image file was 128 GB so still a decent amount of compression.

    Note the two caveats -- you can't restore to a smaller HDD this way and if you want to clone your system then DD is much faster.

    I'm using XFS file systems -- you might with ext4 be able to shrink the partitions but XFS you can only make them bigger.

    It's still viable as you can also keep Linux images too on your backup device(s).

    So Macrium well done -- you can take system images of your Linux system (on version 7.2 of Macrium), but do it in the stand alone version ---i.e not under Windows and remember to re-generate GRUB after restore.

    baring in mind that one doesn't need to take Linux system images all that often -- these systems are usually pretty stable once you've installed all the bits and pieces you want.

    sda 8:0 0 238.5G 0 disk
    |-sda1 8:1 0 16M 0 part
    |-sda2 8:2 0 300M 0 part
    |-sda3 8:3 0 31.7G 0 part /
    |-sda4 8:4 0 198.6G 0 part /home
    `-sda5 8:5 0 7.9G 0 part [SWAP]
    [L: [email protected] ~]$ su
    Password:
    [L: [email protected] hrafn]# mount /boot/efi -t auto -o rw /mnt
    mount: /mnt: /boot/efi is not a block device.
    [L: [email protected] hrafn]# mount /dev/sda2 /boot/efi
    [L: [email protected] hrafn]# grub-install --target=x86_64-efi --bootloader-id=ARCHLINUX --efi-directory=/boot/efi --recheck
    Installing for x86_64-efi platform.
    Installation finished. No error reported.
    [L: [email protected] hrafn]# grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
    Generating grub configuration file ...
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-linux
    Found initrd image: /boot/initramfs-linux.img
    Found fallback initrd image(s) in /boot: initramfs-linux-fallback.img
    done
    [L: [email protected] hrafn]#

    Now re-boot and all's well

    "Seemples" I'm happy Macrium works to make system images - far better than clonezilla or whatever and it actually works !!! -- just remember the boot loader bit and you are in business. !!!

    I think I can speed this up no end by just saving image just copying the root (/), /boot/efi and the efi reserved partition -- data on /home directories can be saved as data and restored easily enough I do that regularly anyway -- this should cut the system backup down to around 10 mins or so -- but you'll still have to re-generate the grub bootloader.

    Cheers
    jimbo

    :)
     
    jimbo45, Sep 11, 2019
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  2. topgundcp Win User

    Restoring Windows 10 Image using Macrium Reflect


    In addition to the above. Here's my suggestion in step by step.
    I assume you have Macrium Installed in your current HD and already made a backup copy.
    1. Connect your new HD via USB port and boot up.
    2. Run Macrium, click on Restore tab then select the Backup Image that you made to restore
    3. click on "select a different target disk" then select your new HD as destination

      Free Macrium for Linux Imaging and restoring (Not cloning but imaging) [​IMG]
    4. Proceed to restore then Shutdown and disconnect the old HD and replace with the new HD
    5. Boot up with your new HD.
     
    topgundcp, Sep 11, 2019
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  3. cereberus Win User
    cloning (not imaging) speed -- Macrium vs DD


    Semantics.

    A clone directly copies a disk to another one without any intermediate step involved.

    That is not how FFU works as far as I can tell. You still create an image file which you deploy to a new drive.

    FFU is sort of halfway between imaging and cloning as the the image is more a sector by sector copy.

    However, in the end it still needs two steps to clone to new drive, and this is more like Macrium backup and restore.

    Unless I am mistaken, I cannot see a way to capture data on one drive and SIMULTANEOUSLY deploy it to a new drive which is exactly what Macrium Reflect does when cloning.

    In the end, it does not matter except you have to be careful about comparing oranges and apples as you need to take all steps into account when comparing speeds.

    As an aside, Reflect's Rapid Delta Cloning (not free version) is awesomely fast if you have an existing clone, and you re-clone provided extent of changes do not involve a build upgrade.
     
    cereberus, Sep 11, 2019
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  4. Bumpkin Win User

    Free Macrium for Linux Imaging and restoring (Not cloning but imaging)

    cloning / imaging


    As long as the thumb drive has enough capacity for the image or clone.
    I suggest using Macrium Reflect as it uses compression when making images.
     
    Bumpkin, Sep 11, 2019
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