Got the beta downloaded and have tested it briefly.... So far it looked very good... and since Patrick Verner has dis-owned me because I reported a few problems with his distro.... I am glad to have something even better to use.
I had to rebuild a failing disk drive this week and clonezilla totally failed in what should have been a straight-forward clone. I'll add what I sent to the PMagic forum that got me tossed at the end of this. I was very surprised at the reaction.
But the problem I have had with both UBCD beta and PMagic was trying to do a 'chroot' to a new drive after having rebuilt it. I get the message "/bin/bash" EXEC format error. Now there must be something I am doing wrong, but I'm doing it the same way I've always done it and when I switched to a Kubuntu install disk to do the chroot, I had no problems. What's the clue to doing a 'chroot' in a terminal session?
UPDATE: have since learned that the format error is due to trying to run an i386 binary on a 64bit system. Figures...
Here are my steps doing the rebuild... and this is exactly what I posted on the PM forum that got me totally tossed. He must be pretty touchy because I was only trying to help and not be nasty at all.
Let me tell you about my day.. I had a disk drive that was flakey... from time to time it would just disappear from an AMD64 linux system.
After a few weeks of putting up with this, I decided it was time to replace the drive. I used a drive of the same capacity(1TB), and all I wanted to do was to clone the bad drive. I was fortunate in that the bad drive was behaving nicely so it should have been an easy clone usng Clonezilla.
I took the following steps:
1) Put the bad drive and the new drive on the system as the only drives.
2) Loaded PM and used gparted to make a partition table on the new drive.
3) Ran Clonezilla asking for filesystem checking.
4) Clonezilla went through an verified all partitions on the bad drive as good.
5) Then Clonezilla got into all types of partition table problems and talked about "busy partitions"
6) End result, I got nothing out of Clonezilla. Tried several times.
7) Use gparted to copy all partitions from Bad to new drive. In same order as the bad drive. Went OK
Went into terminal mode to do a chroot to the new drive to install Grub and run update-grub
9) Could not chroot to new drive... said "bad /bin/bash exec" or something to that effect.
10) Booted a Kubuntu install system and was able to chroot from that system and finished the job.
All is fine with the new drive now... but except for copying the partitions using gparted, I had total failures from the PM setup.
Doesn't give me warm fuzzies about it being a rescue system.