some used 80GB 3.5" drive (Seagate) + noname USB-IDE jack (true noname,
nothing written on it). the latter costed 6$ new, including disk power
i'm doing this with my notebook.
Great. What kind of drive? And have you actually
had to do a restore?
works very well.
i don't make any partitions on it, just
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/da0 bs=1m count=1
to clear things up
newfs -m 0 -O1 -i 16384 -b 4096 -f 512 -U /dev/da0
options for max of space, not performance, as i backup 120GB notebook
then to make a copy i do:
mount -o noatime /dev/da0 /root/copy
rsync -avrlHpogDtS --delete --force --exclude-from=/root/copy.exclude / .
my copy.exclude file looks like that (change to your needs:
the /OLD file are on copy drive, not master, just to be able to have many
generations done by cp -lpR
after copying first time you have to
bsdlabel -B da0
WARNING: when booting from copy, get to single user and fix fstab to have
/dev/da0 as root.
other remarks: keep the copy plugged only when copying, then store in safe
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