If you ever wanted to create bootable recovery USB Flash Drive then I have good news for you as it can be achieved in several simple steps using Clonezilla Live CD, external USB Hard Drive, and a target USB Flash Drive.
Please take a note that this is not an ordinary backup solution as this procedure is geared towards an easy and automatic restoration process.
Step by step procedure
Prepare USB Flash Drive, which needs to be bigger then expected backup size.
I will use ext2 filesystem but you are free to use whatever filesystem you want, within reason, of course.
Do not forget that you are not limited to one partition, so you can use hidden partition for quick restore purpose, and second regular partition which additional drivers or applications.
Download and burn Clonezilla Live CD.
Check out the differences between i486, i686, and amd64 versions.
Boot prepared Live CD.
Select preferred graphics mode.
Start Clonezilla to perform backup.
Select device to image mode.
Select local device option as image will be stored on the external USB Hard Drive at first.
Connect external USB Hard Drive to the target computer, wait couple of seconds and press Enter key.
Select external USB Hard Drive. It will be used as intermediate backup storage before moving it to USB Flash Drive.
Select the top directory on the external USB Hard Drive that will be used to store backup image.
You can use beginner or expert mode.
Select save local disk as an image.
Provide a name for backup image.
Select the source device – Hard Drive that will be backed up.
Skip checking and repairing file systems on the source device.
Decide if you want to check image integrity.
You can note the command displayed on the screen as it reflects choices made in the previous steps.
$ ocs-sr -q2 -c -j2 -z1p -i 2000 -sc -p true savedisk notebook-backup sda
I will not elaborate on the used parameters as you can quickly read description and examples using
ocs-sr --help command.
Verify and confirm action before it is executed.
Clonezilla will perform image creation.
Exit to the command line after backup image is created.
Connect the target USB Flash Drive.
To create bootable USB Flash Drive execute the following command.
$ ocs-live-dev -d /dev/sdc1 -t -g en_US.UTF-8 -k NONE -e "-g auto -e1 auto -e2 -r -j2 -p reboot restoredisk notebook-backup sdb" notebook-backup
You can add
--batch parameter to perform fully automatic restore process.
$ ocs-live-dev -d /dev/sdc1 -t -g en_US.UTF-8 -k NONE -e "-batch -g auto -e1 auto -e2 -r -j2 -p reboot restoredisk notebook-backup sdb" notebook-backup
To modify startup menu you need to edit one of the following files (depending on the used boot loader):
Clonezilla provides many more of interesting opportunities so I strongly encourage you to check it out.