Orba
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Backup Raspberry PI 3

Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:31 pm

It has taken me over a month to get the Raspberry PI 3 to where I want it. I want to add Tor Tails or another layer of security. The question is how do I backup up the OS with all mods as it is NOW. If I fail to install the other layer of security correctly, I want to return to how the OS Is NOW and not to completely start over.

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Re: Backup Raspberry PI 3

Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:43 pm

The simplest way, assuming your O.S. setup is Raspbian based (is it?) is to use the provided "SD Card Copier" ** software (AKA piclone, rpiclone) and a USB-based uSDHC card reader/writer.
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** Should be found in the "Accessories" sub-menu as per this, albeit an old "Jessie", screenshot:
http://www.cpmspectrepi.uk/raspberry_pi ... Screenshot
and, FWIW, a few screenshots of (that early version of) the tool in use: http://www.cpmspectrepi.uk/raspberry_pi ... _a_Pi_Zero
Still running Raspbian Jessie on some older Pi's (an A, B1, B2, B+, P2B, 3xP0, P0W) but Stretch on my 2xP3A+, P3B+, P3B, B+, A+ and a B2. See: https://www.cpmspectrepi.uk/raspberry_pi/raspiidx.htm

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Re: Backup Raspberry PI 3

Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:35 am

For the 'cleanest' backup, the card needs to be 'offline/unmounted', and the simplest way to do this is switch off the Pi and stick the sd card into a PC and clone it from there with win32diskimager

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Re: Backup Raspberry PI 3

Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:58 pm

vote for 'rpiclone' for easiest if you are running raspbian or live system that you reluctant to stop it just for backup

but if you can, shutdown the system, umount the card and 'dd' it somewhere else external =)

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Re: Backup Raspberry PI 3

Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:57 pm

Thanks to all for your suggestions. I bought a cheap card reader/writer (Walmart $10). It worked. For subsequent users with the same issue, after copying, use the "copied to" disk on the system. From my old IT days, there is nothing worse than thinking you have a good backup and you do not.

Thanks Again

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