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Re: backing up a drive

> A pointer: take a dump of the entire drive (dd if=/dev/hda) and not > just
> partition.

Please tell this newbie additional info that's probably obvious to everyone else - What all should be stopped while dd is doing it's thing, IOW stop mail server and anything else that might be actively trying to change files during the dd? What all comes to mind - mail, cron, Apache...others??

What's the worst thing that might happen if active services are NOT stopped - a jumbled mail message or could the whole filesystem end up unusable in this case??

Thanks - John

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