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How to clone a system to an encrypted drive in Fedora?

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I have a running Fedora 21 system. I would like to make a backup of it to a USB drive, a clone that can be booted. I know how to do all the "normal" stuff (partition, LVM, mkfs, rsync, and GRUB), but I'd like the USB drive to be encrypted, and I don't know how to set that up manually (I haven't messed with encrypted filesystems under Linux before).

The system I'm backing is also headless, so no GUI tools. Any Pointers, tips, suggestions?

posted Jul 16, 2015 by anonymous

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2 Answers

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cryptsetup is the program used to create LUKS devices. I run LUKS on top of separate raid arrays, but you might also want to have just one LUKS device and run LVM on top of that.

answer Jul 16, 2015 by Tarun Singhal
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Look Arch Linuxs wiki for LUKS / dm-crypt, you will probably need to read some documentation but in an hour or less you should be able to create an encrypted partition, an encrypted swap, learn how to unlock it manually or via cryptab/cryptsecrets and so on.

answer Jul 16, 2015 by Honey
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