tnx a lot for your suggestion.
I do a complete system-backup once a month with clonezilla. That way I can go back to a working system if need be. So that´s covered, I think.
I was just wondering if anyone has used the upgrade-path successfully…
Yet I think the fresh install would be the way to go. You´re certainly right there.
Plus: as I have a separate /home-partition I hope to be able to keep that one.
I´ve read them through and it seems they give interesting insights. Yet I´m still not quite sure as far as choosing the way of upgrading is concerned.
Though I tend to perform a fresh-install. It seems safer and more hassle-free.
The only thing I´m a bit concerned about is getting all my installed packages back. I´m still investigating…
I’m not familiar with Clonezilla, but for some reason I get the notion that it backs up EVERYTHING including the OS and when you go to put it back, it puts EVERYTHING back. Not sure if you can choose specific files or folders to restore. I prefer spending three hours to do a straight copy between storage devices and make a complete copy of only my HOME partition. I have about 600GB of data I save.
Yes, that’s the whole point of Clonezilla. Hence the name. It is supposed to clone an exact 1:1 image of the source. Therefore it should not be used as a normal primary backup solution. It’s worth doing it if you have to archive a certain state of a machine or if you are changing the HDD but want to keep your OS, etc. Normal backups are, as you touched it, not the primary goal of Clonezilla.
This produces a mountable .img-file of the respective partition (e.g. /home).
sudo mount -o loop ./sdd2.img /mnt
for mounting it. From this place you can copy whatever file you want to wherever you want. After that unmounting with
sudo umount sdd2.img
I already tried it out and it worked perfectly. So clonezilla remains my backup-choice No 1.
If anbody is interested what the particular options in the command mean:
Here´s some info:
sdd2.ext2-ptcl-img.gz.* # covers all image segments of the respective partition, here: /home
gzip -d # the same as --decompress, equals gunzip
gzip -c # the same as --stdout, redirects result to stdout
partclone.ext2 -C # free space is not checked
partclone.ext2 -r # restore partition from the special image format
partclone.ext2 -W # Create a file that you can embed as a loop device
partclone.ext2 -s # source FILE
partclone.ext2 -O # Overwrite FILE, overwriting if it exists