Topic: using gparted as backup
I am new to linux. I bought a laptop for my son. Installed elementaryOS. It all works fine. I wanted to create a back up of the system on a USB drive that I could use to restore the system if I had a major crash, can't boot, etc....
I formated a USB drive with partitions similar to the computer hard drive and put a live version of gparted one partition, and then copy and pasted two partitions from the hard drive: one that had the whole windows 7 system the came with the computer on it, and one that had the whole of elementaryOS. It seemed like eveything worked. I can boot from the USB stick and if I had a crash I thought I would use gparted on the USB to reformat the computer hard drive and then copy and past the partitions from the USB to the newly reformated hard drive
Will this work? Is there a better way to backup and restore a system?
One thing further thing I am not sure about, when I look at the USB drive from the computer I can see all the partitions except the one that has elementaryOS on it. In gparted it says that it is mounted on / (whatever that means) but the only way I can see that partition and it's contents is to mount it with the terminal.
Does anyone know why this is?
Thanks. As I mentioned above, I am very new to linux.