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20 Responses

  1. Don Allen says:

    Just tried this on Aug 30th, 2018 and like others have commented, it does NOT work to USB thumb drive. On reboot, it doesn’t do anything and BIOS complains immediately, so not designed for USB booting

    Who even uses CD’s anymore??! I don’t think I’ve used the CD unit in this desktop even once in 2 years. No need to, no reason to. Everything goes onto USB drives now for booting so please update your site to include USB drives.

    Please update this site with more current and updated INFO.

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Yes, I too agree on on uses CD or DVD these days, yes the article is outdated and need a udpate. Give me a 2-3 days to update the article with latest information.

    • dragonmouth says:

      “Who even uses CD’s anymore??! I don’t think I’ve used the CD unit in this desktop even once in 2 years.”

      What an arrogant and condescending statement! That’s like saying “Who uses 32 bit systems anymore”. The answer is, millions of people use CDs, DVDs AND 32 bit systems. Not everybody is able or willing to be on the bleeding edge.

      BTW – as you probably know by now, it is moot if Redo works to a USB or not. Redo is no longer.

  2. SAMUEL ISHOLA says:

    Hello Ravi, I salute your spirit of positive contributions to human endeavor. We inherited an application that was installed on Ubuntu 8.04 server. The company that supplied is no more in existence. But the application is still very useful. All I want to do now is to install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS or later version. Please can I still make use of Redo-Backup to save the application and setting and still be able to restore the old functionalities?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Thanks for such kind words about me.. Regarding your application, not its not possible to restore older Ubuntu version to newer Ubuntu release. All I suggest you to take the backup of your application and database (if any) and install newer Ubuntu version and restore the application..

  3. Vickram says:

    I know that this is a really old thread but maybe you can help me out.
    First off I am backing up a server to a local workstation.
    After my REDO disk has booted, I usually use the VPN option to put the server on the same network as the workstation.

    IP –,
    SUBNET –

    Server I am backing up:
    GATEWAY: (the VPN option forces you to enter a value)

    Soon after you get a WIRED CONNECTION SUCCESSFUL message.
    I get to the very last step that you have here.
    In the SERVER SHARE LOCATION field I enter (so I save this to the workstation partitioned E drive), I put in the workstation admin account and password.
    Then I get the following error: “Could not access the destination drive. If
    the device is shared on a network, ensure that the username and password you
    provided are correct and try again.”

    In the past I have seen that you must use an IP instead of computer name file path…this helps some people, but obviously I’m already using an IP for the destination.

    – I can see the network drive.
    – Ping back and forth.
    – File Sharing full access.

    Have you seen this issue before?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Thanks for sharing the tip with us, but to be fact I never seen such error while using with Computer Name file path, but may be in newer version of Redo Backup, you can mention IP as well. Also as you said, this article is very old and haven’t been updated for long time, so I am in process of updating this article with latest version..

      • Vickram says:

        Sounds good Ravi! I may have figured the problem out today…it might be a Windows Firewall issue, I’ll try to confirm.
        Also, there’s a typo on my post:
        **In the SERVER SHARE LOCATION field I enter (so I save this to the workstation partitioned E drive), I put in the workstation admin account and password.

  4. Michael Taylor says:

    I know this is an old thread, but I need to get this working from a USB stick, and after I create the USB from the Live CD, the USB boots, but then just sits at a blinking cursor. Is this program not supported any more at all?

    • Ravi Saive says:

      On Which distro you’ve tried? yes the article is little outdated and may not work on latest distributions. Will soon review this article and will try to updated it to the latest…

    • GWilliams says:

      I have tried for the past little while (four months or so) to put this on a USB drive. It was a simple enough process with Mint, you use the USB writer and format the USB right? Well did that several times and it gets to the stage where it is supposed to boot and it hangs. Nothing. Tried unetbootin, and same thing. I am starting to wonder since this site is so stale if the image is corrupted. I am as I write this sitting at 7minutes for a 250 mb download. When you consider my download speed is over 150MBPS this should be over with. Another sign something isn’t right. As per other comments something is up, as in not working with this.

  5. teja says:

    when restoring centos using redo backup, am getting an error the backup has been succeeded but partition table can’t be created.

  6. Vivek Kumar says:


    If I’ve created a ext4 partition of 50GB, then for creating the back-up do I need a space of 50 GB?
    or I will consume only that much space which have been used by the ubuntu-installation & added software on the system now.

  7. ariel chiong says:


    when trying to take a backup an error pops out

    read error: is a directory(21) rsize=-1

    please help


  8. frank says:

    i’am try redo to backup my linux ubuntu server, its succesfully. but i can’t restore to another disk. everytime boot, screen is blank. any solutions..?

  9. Andre says:

    Hi Ravi , thanks for the great site and tutorials! Have a question regarding backups, I have a remote Linux Centos 6.4 root server. What would you recommend for backing up the file system and web sites? If something would happen , crash or virus what would be the best way then to restore? I currently just use daily automated tar backups of the “etc” and “www” directories on a remote FTP backup server.

  10. Bala says:

    Very useful tool..Essential tool for a system admin..


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