Dumb question here as usual :-) I have made lots of submenus for particular
images I have. In my backup menu script, I'd like to automatically run the
clean drive script. I saw you had that script under /bin - but how would I
call it with the appropriate drive info? For instance, I already know I want
to clear /dev/sda2.
Michael Setzer II
The partition needs to be mounted and one then makes that the current
Example 1: Clear the /boot partition on my running systems.
cleandrive8 script is in the root of system.
Example 2: Clear unmount partition using g4l cd or disk.
mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/local
Finally, there is a clendrive8.dialog script that lets one select the
partition to be cleaned, and then does the mounting and cleaning and
unmounting. It also will support Fat32 partitions. Not for partitions that are
already mounted thou.
Thanks, had previously been doing this process using CCleaner in Windows, but
much easier to use the cleandrive8 script to do it as part of my image backup
Michael Setzer II
If you do a disk image, one must clear out the space to reduce the image size.
I have a script on my systems that clears out all the partitions.
Even have it turn off the swap partition, and zero it out, and rebuild it
With windows one can do an ntfsclone backup, that doesn't backup unused space,
and is thus much faster.
Sometime ago, I had done testing and a 40GB windows partition that was about
25% used would take about 40 minutes to do a raw image, but only about 10
minutes to do an ntfsclone image. Raw image was a tiny bit larger.
In my classroom, I have a ntfsclone image of the windows partition stored on
an extra partition, and have a restore option as part of the boot process, so
one can restore the windows in about 12 minutes. About a 12GB image file for
the 40GB partition.
Note. The ntfsclone partition image only contains the partition, so one needs
to backup the mbr and partition table as well.
Also, note with windows. I usually mount the windows partition before doing a
backup, and remove the pagefile to make the backup smaller as well.