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Old 6th November 2008
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Another backup question?

Right now I'm installing FreeBSD 7 with KDE on Latitude D420 . Once the installation and configuration is done I want to create a backup of my installation so that I can restore it in future. I searched the web and this foroum and found two tools "dd" and "dump". Problem with dd is that it'll copy all the sectors wether they are used or not, so I believe that for my 60GB hd I'll need equal amount of backup space, which is bit expencive in terms of space. Now with dump can I just dump root "/" on an external drive and restore it back in future with restore. If yes can some one please tell me the command. I don't want to dump it to a single file like backup.dump, instead I would prefer to dump the contents of "/" in a directory in my external drive which is mounted at "/mnt/backup".

And what is the procedure to restore such dump. install the base system and use restore to copy the contents from /mnt/backup back? If yes what is the command?

I tried few things but they didn't work. Don't know what is wrong.
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