I've started using this INSTALLED linux on a USb now, it's working great, REALLY FAST despite it being on a little USB stick it's only marginally slower than windows 8.1 which is installed on the internal HDD.Now I've started doing the settings, and getting linux mint to update and such, once I've got a few more settings the way I like them and a few core programs installed...
I would like to be able to, on another USB stick (preferably a tiny cheap 8gb USB 2.0 drive as I've loads lying around), make a system image.
In other forums I am always going on about how great system images are for windows, I swear by them as being perhaps the most useful thing for disaster/virus/severe-bug recovery. On windows 8.1 I would use the tools to make a system image within the control panel, as shown by the guide at
Is there an equivalent thing I can do for linux mint mate 17.3?
Anything I can do to have perhaps some sort of big (as in several GB) .iso file that I could just burn (using any operating system) to a USB of any size bigger than the iso and that USb would "magically" become a copy of the one I'm booted from right now?
Is there any method like this? The linux mint downloads are iso files and when you write those to cd/dvd discs or USB sticks in the right way you, as far as I can tell, effectively boot up inside a system image that the authors of linux mint made, can I make a thing a bit like that so I can quickly load a linux mint system set up with settings as I like them, a few programs installed, some updates already installed... to any USB?
Do system images for linux mint need one to first boot into a special environment before use (like windows system images need you booted into the recovery environment), or can linux mint images be made in such a way that from any computer running any operating system I can write a special file to USB/external hard-drive/an internal harddrive and the thing it has been written to will become an exact copy of my current install ready to be booted up on any system just like I can with the installed linux USB I made a few hours ago?
Also having a means of making such a thing would let me perhaps, some day when I want to move on from having linux installed on a USB stick, be able to in effect copy my linux system as I'm setting it up now (or as it is the day before I want to transfer it) straight onto a bigger drive without having to redo all the settings and the installation of programs when I do.
If a method does exist please provide a very clear step by step guide, or a link to one, of how to use it, just as the guide I've linked to does for windows system image making.
Sorry If this description is unclear or repetitive but I've only used linux a little (for several months, once or twice a week in live unetbootin USB mode to get a feel for it) so I'm trying to describe my thoughts about what I hope for whilst having a limited knowledge of how to express linux equivalent of the windows concept I've used before.
Edited by rp88, 16 October 2016 - 04:15 PM.