clone a pen drive

Asked by Tom Vaal

I created a bootable usb 10.10 ubuntu installation (persistent) (working fine with basic install package).

I want to make backups after Ive installed additional software (avast, clam, etc). So that once Ive exceeded my knowledge of ubuntu (for example my attempts to install AVG on a previous usb stick, caused it to no longer boot to desktop). I can then reinstall from my last saved image and not have to start from scratch.

I used a few versions of norton ghost but none seem to keep the disk bootable (research shows my versions of ghost arent compatible with the file systems used in linux).

I am currently downloading clonezilla and wondering if this will do what I want, or if anyone had better suggestions?

Thanks all, really enjoying my first successful go around with linux.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

You can use partimage if you use another system (or you can boot to the liveCD and do it there. You can make an image of the entire USB storage then simply spit it out to as many as you desire.

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Tom Vaal (teamvaal) said :

Just a quick update, I had problems installing partimage with Ubuntu 10.10

So I took another look at ghost 2003 (I use a usb boot stick for ghost running win 98 lol).

I then took a file from clonzilla windows download (makeboot.bat). Running this on the stick after installing the image makes it bootable and works.

So for now Im still using ghost (which Im more familiar with than clonezilla and linux file structures).

I know your solution would have worked but not sure I had the patience to keep fighting it just yet : )