Backups are the thing we never hope to use and when we do have to use them, we can only keep our fingers crossed that the tool we used to create the backup was successful. Most of these backup applications target the task of backing up files and folders. There are a few, however, that take this task a few steps further - all the way to bare metal. In other words, backing up and restoring a machine completely. We're not talking just files here, we're talking partition-level backup.
One of these tools, Kleo Bare-Metal Backup, was created for this very purpose. Kleo is distributed by Carroll-Net who has over fifteen years of backup experience. This tool is, effectively, a Linux distribution with a powerful backup solution built in (based on Partimage). It's all GUI and very simple to use. But will it do everything you need? Let's take a look.
- Supported file formats: ext2/3, fat16/32, hfs, jfs, ntfs, reiser3/4, ufs, xfs
- CPU: 700Mhz x86 processor
- Memory: 512 MB RAM
- Display: VGA graphics card capable of 640x48 resolution
- CD-ROM or DVD
- Network card
- Optional: USB capable boot BIOS
- Additional vendor information
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Who's it for?
Kleo Full Metal Backup is for any administrator that wants to have a full-blown GUI backup tool that is capable of backing up full partitions to either CD/DVD or a network location. It's simple to use, reliable, and doesn't stop at just backing up a system (you boot into a full-fledged operating system).
What problem does it solve?
Kleo Full Metal Backup solves the always-pressing issue of backing up partitions for data recovery. Because it backs up full partitions, you will be able to recover your data, whether the machine is booting or not.
The biggest issue with this tool is that backing up to external USB drives if iffy at best. So if you do not have access to a network attached storage location, and you plan to back up large partitions, you are going to have some trouble getting this to work. Even if your USB drive will show up on a standard Linux installation, chances are it will not appear in Kleo.
Bottom line for business
If you are looking for a reliable, network-friendly backup solution that will back up full partitions (working or not - unless the hard drive is physically damaged), Kleo Bare Metal Backup is a great solution. It has a simple to use graphical interface that can easily backup most file systems and do it quickly and reliably. And since this tool is free, your budget won't take as hard a hit as some of the costlier solutions that offer little more in the feature set.
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