I've done a bkup_rpimage onto a USB3 drive using:


From: https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=12079

But try as I may, I haven't found a tutorial or post showing how to restore. Must exist, though ?

Just looked through all the possible answers that Search threw up here. Nothing definitive that seems to anser the question. I've done a full /home backup to a USB3 external drive using Deja Dup and this programme does offer a Restore option.

Doesn't answer the /rootfs backup/recover question. I did the bkup_rpimage install/backup to the external drive ... no answer to "how to restore" that I've found. Confusing - a backup with no restore capability ?

  • What software did you use to make the backup?
    – Dougie
    Mar 9, 2020 at 22:50
  • Thanks for the reply Dougie. I used bkup_rpimage from the Raspberry Pi Backup thread (I researched many, all of them seemed cavalier about Restore. Incomplete comments, unrelated code etc). I have a backup image and it also works incrementally (good !!), but the Restote comments were not done, I think, although promised. Restore by Win32Imager appears the only choice. This is clunky and as I'm using a 128Gb card, takes about 2 hours to re-write. Surely Linux has done better ?
    – ianl07
    Mar 10, 2020 at 11:11
  • As far as I understand you want to shutdown the RasPi, put its SD Card in a card reader on another computer and take an image, isn't it? Please address me with @Ingo, otherwise I won't see your reply.
    – Ingo
    Mar 10, 2020 at 12:08
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    There are a few highly voted posts about Pi backup on this site. Why you would you ask about a random 6 year old post you found on the internet.
    – Milliways
    Mar 11, 2020 at 11:39
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    It's not clear what backup software you're talking about, but if it doesn't have a working restore function it seems rather useless. Mar 11, 2020 at 14:32

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Do you know this: https://www.linux-tips-and-tricks.de/de/raspberry/23-pi-erstellt-automatisch-backups-von-sich-selbst-pi-creates-automatic-backups-of-itself/

I use it for backing up th whole pi, including an rootfs on external drive.

raspiBackup helps to create backups of a running Raspberry with no shutdown or manual intervention which means your can save or clone your SD card during normal operation. An exported root partition will be saved too. Important services will be stopped just before starting the backup and are started again when the backup finished. Any device which can be mounted on Linux can be used as backupspace (USB disk, USB stick, nfs, samba, sshfs, ...). The backup image can be created with dd, tar or rsync using hardlinks. Restore is possible on Windows or Linux. Raspberry USB boot images and NOOBs images are supported.

With raspiBackup you can create regular backups of your Raspberry. In addition you can restore a backup to any SD card. A new partition table is created on the target SD card and the backup data is restored on the partitions. If an external root filesystem was saved with raspiBackup this filesystem will also be restored to an external device.


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