Backing Up Your Pinguy OS Install Into an Installable Distro
A few people have asked me how they can backup their system so they will be able to re-install from it, or to be able to install it onto a different system. With this guide I will show you the steps needed to have a working installable distro built from your Pinguy OS system that will have all your settings and changes saved into it. Basically a Full system backup that is also an installable Distro.
First thing to do is to sort out your home folder. As this will be making a complete copy of your system you may want to exclude things like your Music and Videos.
To do this lets make a folder in your home called “Exclude”. Now move all the folders/files you don’t want to be part of the Backup Distro into that folder. Do not move the Desktop folder. That needs to stay where it is. If you have anything on your desktop it’s best to remove them.
This next step is only if you are going to be making a backup on Pinguy OS 11.04.1. All the other versions like the Mini, Ping-Eee ect. you won’t have to.
If it is indeed a backup of Pinguy OS 11.04.1 run this.
sudo cp -R /etc/skel/Desktop/alacarte-made.desktop ~/Desktop
You should now see the install icon on the desktop.
Now we are going to do a bit of a cleaning up to try and get the size of the install down as much as possible. First run the Remove orphaned packages. If you haven’t installed or removed many apps this should come up empty. If anything is listed just remove them.
Next thing to run is Ubuntu Tweak. Run all the cleaning tasks except “Purge PPAs”. Just make sure the last thing run is “Clean Config”.
The last cleaning tool to run before we start making the backup is BleachBit. You are going to want to run that as normal as well as root.
Now that the system is all prepared lets get started on making the backup. In the terminal run this
This will bring up Remastersys.
Click OK and go to the next screen.
Here we want to select Modify.
Here you can rename the Distro to what ever you like. If you do get errors when compiling the backup it could be because the title name is to long, so try and keep it short. Also do not change “Working Directory”. If you do you will have all sorts of problems with permissions. The most important thing here is the “Files to Exclude”.
This is where we want to place your Exclude folder that we sorted out earlier.
Replace user with your user name and place it at the end. So it looks something like this.
/windows /dos /home/USER/Exclude
Now we want to go back to the main menu and select Backup.
Next you will see this
Click OK and continue, you will start seeing it compile the Backup.
Depending on the system this can take anywhere between 20mins to an hour.
Once done you will find the iso in /home/remastersys/remastersys
Depending on the size you may have to use UNetbootin to put it onto a USB flash drive if its over a DVD size.