How System Recovery and Backup works with Ubuntu Linux on your Dell PC

How System Recovery and Backup works with Ubuntu Linux on your Dell PC



The folowing article provides information on how to set up a recovery image and put in place a proper backup plan for your data on an Ubuntu Linux Dell PC.


Table of Contents:

  1. System Images and Recovery Vs. Backup and Restore
  2. Creating an Ubuntu Image
  3. Recovering an Ubuntu Image
  4. Explaining backups
  5. Backing up using the Ubuntu utility

1. System Images and Recovery Vs. Backup and Restore

This article details the various ways of restoring your system to how it was originally shipped by Dell or alternatively restoring your system to a previous date from a stored recovery image or from a previously completed backup. The benefits of creating an image over a clean install is that this way is usually quicker with fewer steps to complete and will include all settings and software that came with the machine when it was first set up. The only drawback of this type of solution is that it requires you to have had the forethought to have followed the instructions out of the box and to have created something to recover to and will take you back to the state the machine was in when the image was done.

Note: Dell systems sold with the Ubuntu Linux Operating System (OS) do not come with any reinstall media. One of the first things you should do with an Ubuntu system out of the box is to create and recovery disc. (whether that is on a a flash USB stick or an external disc.)

The benefits of Backing up your data, is that it allows for limited recovery, short of reinstalling everything. The Drawback is it rarely includes software, unless specially configured to do so.

Note: Dell recommends you do both in conjunction with each other. Create an image first, before you configure the system with all your Data. Then once the image is set, put in place a backup plan for the data you'll be putting on the system.

You can find a link to downloading one of the various Ubuntu revisions from Canonical Below.

They do ask for a donation, but it is left up to you how much or if any you pay for the download.

You can get the Dell Recovery package from several locations. From Ubuntu Apps External Link and Launchpad External Link, as a couple of examples.


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2. Creating an Ubuntu Image

Dealing with:

  1. Installing the Dell Recovery Package.
  2. Generating a Dell/Ubuntu Image using the Recovery Package and Ubuntu media.
  3. Using this image to create a recovery partition and create removable recovery media.


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3. Recovering an Dell-Ubuntu Image

Dealing with:

  1. Instructions on how to recover a previously stored image.
  2. Reinstalling from Hard Drive.
  3. Reinstalling from DVD or USB Key.


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4. Explaining Backups

Dealing with:

  1. The types of Backup possible.
  2. The Methods of Backup.
  3. The File Systems used.
  4. Recovery from a Backup.


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5. Backing up using the Ubuntu utility

Dealing with:

  1. Getting Started.
  2. Setting up the Utility.
  3. Carrying out a Backup.
  4. Restoring from a Backup.


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Additional Information :

Note:
Software support is provided by Canonical through the following methods:
Technical Support is provided by Dell :


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Article ID: SLN265982

Last Date Modified: 07/11/2019 07:15 PM


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