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I have a Sheeva plug running ArchLinuxArm from SD card and I'd like to backup the SD card so I can restore everything in case something goes wrong.

I'd prefer to create an archive file (rootfs.tar.gz) or image file. I found some instructions but they seem specific to ubuntu. I need something that applies to this specific distro and device for easy restoration.

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

I'd just use dd:

$ dd if=/path/to/sdcard/device of=sdcard.img
$ gzip sdcard.img

Then to restore, do the opposite:

$ gunzip sdcard.img.gz
$ dd if=sdcard.img of=/path/to/sdcard/device
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can I use dd if the system is currently running? - as in backup a live system? – adaptive Jun 7 '12 at 2:12
You can but it wouldn't be advised. – EEAA Jun 7 '12 at 2:17
got it, thanks! – adaptive Jun 7 '12 at 2:20

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