|Revision 1.6||2004-04-29||Revised by: c^2|
|Added Knoppix notes, Syslinux, PPART, QtParted, some other rescue CDs, and made some fixes.|
|Revision 1.5||2003-12-19||Revised by: c^2|
|Fedora and GRUB notes.|
|Revision 1.4||2003-08-17||Revised by: c^2|
|Some notes on burning CD-ROMs, and more on files to exclude.|
|Revision 1.3||2003-04-24||Revised by: c^2|
|Substituted new email address and URL for old.|
|Revision 1.2||2003-02-12||Revised by: c^2|
|Added Red Hat 8.0 notes, support for FAT32, split the first stage restore scripts, and other minor changes. Notes on Amanda.|
|Revision 1.1||2002-09-10||Revised by: c^2|
|New code to handle ext3 partitions in make.fdisk, and a note on initrd.|
|Revision 1.0||2002-07-24||Revised by: c^2|
|We now use bz2 compression in the first stage, have the run time option to check for bad blocks, and have a script that runs the entire first stage.|
Imagine your disk drive has just become a very expensive hockey puck. Imagine you have had a fire, and your computer case now looks like something Salvador Dalĩ would like to paint. Now what?
Total restore, sometimes called bare metal recovery, is the process of rebuilding a computer after a catastrophic failure. In order to make a total restoration, you must have complete backups, not only of your file system, but of partition information and other data. This HOWTO is a step-by-step tutorial on how to back up a Linux computer so as to be able to make a bare metal recovery, and how to make that bare metal recovery. It includes some related scripts.