Stoopid but pressing backup question

craigni no-reply-gw at
Fri Dec 14 10:30:53 UTC 2007

I usually know acronyms, but what is an OP, especially as I am apparently one? :)

I'm getting enamored of rsync to the point where I think that's the backup strategy I'd like to use, with sequential backups of /home to capture user data changes.

So now I'm thinking, OK, I rsync / except /proc, I have that on an external disk, my system disk crashes, how quickly can I get a new disk up as my system disk... and that's where I become mildly confused.  I imagine that I'll reinstall a minimal F8 system with the boot sector, then rsync the backup directory on the external backup disk back to the system disk, and hopefully all will be well.

*But* there are the mysterious boot files...

If I mount my old F7 disk for grins

sudo mount -t ext3 /dev/sdc1 /mnt/f7

I get this stuff

ls /mnt/f7
config-2.6.21-1.3194.fc7      lost+found
initrd-2.6.21-1.3194.fc7.img  vmlinuz-2.6.21-1.3194.fc7
initrd-    vmlinuz-

So I imagine there are files, I expect in the boot sector, that are important to backup and restore.

So my current questions are:
What are those files?
How do I back them up?
How do I restore them?
Does this strategy of restore the boot sector, mount the external disk with the rsync'd system, then rsync back to the new system disk, make sense?

Many TIA,

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