Recommended BSD HDD Clone Software from boot CD

hi all,

bsd is written in slices , so normal cloning tools such like Acronis , Partition magic etc.
cannot read the partition indeed.
Are there any suggestions for a bootable cloning tool ?
There is the pkg clonehdd for nomadbsd install , but if you want to restore nomadbsd
from a backup back to the original USBFlashdrive or USBHDD ,
you must use a boot CD to run this clonehdd pkg.
How to do that ?
It might be interesting for nomadbsd users to backup their whole flashdrive and have the option to REPLAY the backup back to the original flashdrive.

Have you tried clonezilla it’s based on linux and resambles the good old norton ghost somewhat. -)

not jet already.

Hi @Senenmut,

the partition schemes used by FreeBSD is OS independent. It can use the old MBR (like the NomadBSD image) or GPT. A slice is just a different term for what you know as partition. So you can use any tool to clone a HDD. I use the good old dd (which is available on any NIX(-like) system) to clone devices, and to write images to another device.

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Ahoy @Senenmut,
just like @mk1 I prefer dd to do backups (clone to file or other device).

  • It is quick and easy from the command line.
  • You can make a one-liner that compresses the backup file as it writes to disk.
  • By using a loop device you can mount your file and browse the content (the file has to be uncompressed). Not limited to image-files made by dd of course.

If you prefer a GUI, I can recommend GParted and if you want it in a boot environment, have a look at SystemRescueCd. Was a great tool earlier in my life…
Knoppix also has GParted - if you want a distribution with everything but the kitchen sink :wink:

yes , pure dd seems the best.