Linux Tools: FSArchiver

If you have been following along at all, you may have figured out that I’m nuts about making backups of not only files, but entire partitions on my many hard drives here on the farm.

Today I want to tell you about a simple Terminal program that can create a complete image of any partition(s) and save them any place you’d like. The program is called FSArchiver

Head over to your Software Manager and do a search for FSArchiver, then once installed, you  can open a root Terminal window and start backing up!

fsarchiver backup tool

fsarchiver backup tool

I recommend you start your journey with this program by heading over to the official web site for FSArchiver. They have a great quick start page that will have you up and running in just a few minutes. You can find their site HERE

To speed things up, the first thing you’ll want to do is get the listing of all the available volumes on your computer. Open a root Terminal and type the following command:  fsarchiver probe simple

In my case, here’s the reported volumes on this particular computer:

FSArchiver volume listing

FSArchiver volume listing

Now that I can see my available volumes, I determine that I want to archive the sda2 partition, which is where my Windows 2000 partition is (don’t laugh!)

Again, from my root Terminal, I now type: fsarchiver savefs win2000.fsa /dev/sda2 and the archiving will start. Note that there will be no indication in the Terminal window that anything is happening, but give it time, eventually it will finish, and report the success or failure of the archiving. Note that at this time, NTFS file system archiving is experimental, but it worked great for my small NTFS partition.

What I really like about this software, is that you can do the backup on a running system, unlike some tools where you have to boot to a separate disk to do the backup, like CloneZilla.