Some of you may know that I am relatively new to Linux. Like all good beginners, I have managed to "personalize" my operating system to the point of breaking, a few times now. From research, the recommended fix is to do a clean install. This is not a big deal as I keep my personal data safe on a non-Linux partition at least for now. I am curious though, After a fresh install, I thought I could copy and paste my root partition to a safe place. In the event I over-tweak again, I could just copy over the offending directory as a pseudo-factory reset. I tried but not all files will copy even as root. I figure its either due to the file being in use or some sort of encryption. My questions are. !. Will a restore like this even work? 2. If yes, Can I copy everything while in a live session? 3. Is there an easier way? I'm used to Android and having a Nandroid back-up is nice for peace of mind.