Create Backup Of Your Ubuntu To Distributable Ubuntu Live CD/DVD

Ubuntu LogoI have been using Ubuntu for almost 3 years. I started using it since Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron released. And when Ubuntu released a new upgrade, i prefer do fresh install rather than upgrade the package. Even it’s takes time to configure and restore my backup files so i could do my work. And when my work mate want to use Ubuntu too, i install it for him and again, i configure and tweak it so he could do his work. So i’m thinking is there a way to clone my Ubuntu instead of configure it per installation?

And when i try to search it, and i found the answer. You can backup your Ubuntu completely and make a live cd and installation cd, so you just install it to any computer with your pre configured package in there. You can do it with Remastersys. Remastersys is a tool that can be used to do 2 things with an existing Klikit or Ubuntu or derivative installation.It can make a full system backup including personal data to a live cd or dvd that you can use anywhere and install. It can make a distributable copy you can share with friends. This will not have any of your personal user data in it.

To backup your Ubuntu to Ubuntu Live CD:
1. Open your terminal and add remastersys repository:

sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list

And add:

deb remastersys/

2. Update your repository:

sudo apt-get update

3. Install remastersys:

sudo apt-get install remastersys

4. This will take a while to finish the installation.

remastersys usage format:

sudo remastersys backup|clean|dist [cdfs|iso] [filename.iso]

remastersys usage sample:
1. To make a livecd/dvd backup of your system

sudo remastersys backup

2. To make a livecd/dvd backup and call the iso custom.iso

sudo remastersys backup custom.iso

3. To clean up temporary files of remastersys

sudo remastersys clean

4. To make a distributable livecd/dvd of your system

sudo remastersys dist

5. To make a distributable livecd/dvd filesystem only

sudo remastersys dist cdfs

6. To make a distributable iso named custom.iso but only if the cdfs is already present

sudo remastersys dist iso custom.iso

remastersys will exclude your home folder when you create a distributable livcecd/dvd, it won’t copy to the iso image. And after you create your livecd/dvd, don’t forget to remove all temporary file created during the iso generation as well as the /home/remastersys directory with command “remastersys clean”.

So now i have my full backup system on the DVD. And install it in any computer without too much configure and tweak it anymore.


  1. Rmacausl says:

    Does the sudo remastersys dist command prompt you to insert additional DVD's if the size of the data on the HD exceeds 4.7Gb?

  2. You can backup your Ubuntu completely and make a live cd and installation cd.

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