devcopy ("device copy") is a bash shell script which I wrote as a front end to rsync
I have used it under Red Hat Linux 9.0 and earlier.
I use devcopy to backup hard drives containing multiple partitions to other, similarly partitioned, drives.
You can configure devcopy for each device you want to backup, with separate "<device>.config" and "<device>.exclude" files to specify source/destination, excluded files, and other options.
Download the latest version:devcopy_1.1.tar.gz
View the source:devcopy/devcopy.sh
View a sample config file:devcopy/hda.config
### VERSION: devcopy 1.1 ### URL: latest version available from: http://www.proliberty.com/tools/devcopy/ ### AUTHOR: Greg Keraunen <firstname.lastname@example.org> 1/29/2002 UPDATED: 12/10/2003 ### PURPOSE: Backup multiple partitions on one hard drive to another, using rsync Easily configure each backup strategy with separate *.config, *.exclude files ### USAGE: cd <directory of devcopy.sh> ./devcopy.sh <device name of drive to backup> ### WARNING: The default behavior is to DELETE any files on the destination drive which do not appear on the source To change this, edit RSYNC_FLAGS, globally in devcopy.sh, or in the .config files for each drive to backup ### CONFIGURATION: For each drive you backup, edit the config file ("<drive>.config": "hda.config", etc.) to meet your needs To restrict backup to the correct destination drive, use REQUIRED_BAK_MODEL To get the model name string for use in the .config file, install the desired destination drive then do: cat /proc/ide/<drive>/model To exclude/include patterns from backup, edit corresponding "<drive>.exclude" files ### RECOMMENDATIONS This script is very handy if you have removable drive bays for swapping in backup drives. I recommend having at least two removable bays: in hda (master IDE1) and hdc (master IDE2) locations. I am using the ViPower IDE removable drives in hda and hdc, with CD-ROM at hdb; hdd is not removable. After backing up, remove the backup drive and put it in a safe somewhere; install a dummy IDE drive in the removable slot, to maintain required master/slave bus configuration. I boot linux on hda and Windows on hdd (in lilo.conf, use: map-drive=0x80 to=0x82). I backup both hda and hdd to hdc location. Crash recovery usually requires the boot drive be in hda location (Windows and RedHat 7.1). ### To recover Windows: if Windows boot drive, hdd, # fails to boot from linux, backup hdd to hdc using: devcopy hdd; shutdown move the Windows backup drive into hda, load Windows CD-ROM boot from floppy with CD-ROM support and run SETUP.EXE from the CD-ROM SETUP.EXE will overwrite the MBR of the first IDE drive, no matter what your lilo.conf did with "map-drive" bios option! shutdown and move the recovered drive from hda back into hdc, replace the linux drive in hda; reboot into linux copy hdc to primary Windows boot drive, hdd with: devcopy hdc NOTE: make sure that Windows SETUP.EXE can actually install to your backup (removable) drive! In my case, WindowsMe SCANDISK was run and complained: "...cannot work with 64K FAT partition..." I tried FDISK, FORMAT - nothing could make SETUP.EXE work on this drive The drive works fine once the files are copied onto it, from linux! ### To recover Linux (RH 7.1): If backup drive is bootable, run lilo to update MBR to reflect latest lilo.conf If drive doesn't boot: with drive to be rescued in hda location; boot from RH 7.1 disk1 CD-ROM choose 'linux rescue' boot image cd /mnt/sysimage; chroot .; lilo remove CD-ROM; reboot NOTE: I have not figured out how to successfully copy MBR from linux source to backup drive This should work but this hasn't worked for me: dd bs=512 count=1 if=/dev/hda of=/dev/hdc (I think boot sector is first 446 bytes; partition map is 447 to 512) This should also work: lilo -b /dev/hdc In both cases, the drive, when inserted into hda location merely displays "LI" before hanging Therefore, booting linux from the backup drive is not possible until you first run lilo with the backup drive in hda location ### rsync operation: See rsync man page for details like # these: If the pattern starts with "+ " (a plus followed by a space) then it is always considered an include pattern, even if specified as part of an exclude option. The "+ " part is discarded before matching. A trailing / on a source name means "copy the contents of this directory". Without a trailing slash it means "copy the directory". ### TODO: 1) rsync is more flexible than the contraints of this script I could implement greater configurability such as rsync --include Could, accept a list of directories for source/destination rather than always backing up entire partitions 2) Instead of configuring by device name, I could use arbitrary target names to allow better control of rsync options config files would then become: "<target name>.config"; DEVICE_NAME would be a configurable parameter