My ZDNet blogging colleague Jason Perlow has just put together an amazing Geek Sheet covering the bare metal backup and recovery of a Linux-based system using nothing but the standard Linux tools. At the same time Jason has allowed me to finally win a bet with some of you who read this blog - that Linux is for geeks with far too much time on their hands!
Don't get me wrong, I'm going to find Jason's instructions massively useful (in fact, I'm going to go away later and try out their process for myself), but that whole process looks like far too much hassle for me.
Seriously, if the backup and restore process takes more than a recovery CD, a few clicks of the mouse, and an ice cold glass of mineral water, then it's too complicated. If typing is involved, then that had better be limited to choosing a filename or entering a password for the archive. Once I've clicked on the button marked Backup or Restore, I then want to sit back and watch the slow but steady movement of a progress bar.
Given the choice of having to mess about at a terminal typing commands or using a product such as Acronis TrueImage Echo, I know which one I prefer!