Making a bootable backup (hard)disk... how?

Mike Clarke mike at
Sun Jun 10 08:46:07 UTC 2012

On Sunday 10 June 2012 03:30:53 Ronald F. Guilmette wrote:

> I don't care to take own my system to make backups... and don't believe
> that I should have to do so, and thus, this is one of the reasons why I
> would prefer to use something like cpio.
> Also, I don't like backups taking longer than absolutely necessary, and
> this is why I am specifically _not_ attracted to either the dd solution
> or to dump/restore,

Not an immediate solution but have you considered switching from UFS to ZFS ? 
If you have sufficient memory and CPU power then this might be worth the 
effort. Creating ZFS snapshots and backing them up incrementally with zfs 
send | zfs receive should be very quick.

Mike Clarke

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