Backup is the activity of copying files or databases so that they will be preserved in case of equipment failure or other catastrophe. This tag covers restoring from backup as well.

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Copy system to new fresh install

I want to wipe my entire hard drive and install a fresh dual-boot Windows7/Ubuntu system, but want to put the entire Ubuntu system as it is now back onto it. The install is located at /dev/sda10. I ...
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How to backup BIOS before flashing?

I have an ASUS A55BM-E motherboard and I am looking to update my BIOS to resolve some boot issues. I want to make a backup prior to updating it just in case anything goes wrong. The default BIOS ...
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Install Ubuntu to a hard drive temporarily external and after that move it to internal?

I am replacing my internal hdd in my laptop with a new one. The new hdd hasn't been used before, and lshw can detect its capacity and no other information. I think of two ways. The first way: ...
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Cloning Ubuntu 14.10 installations

I need to use a range of Cloud VPS providers to run servers across the world. The first batch of providers is Vultr, DigitalOcean and DimensionData. Each of them offer the ability to create ...
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LVM2 Included During Install What Now?

I'm running Chatet OS (xubuntu). I included LVM2 during install. When looking in GParted I can see the following: /dev/sbd1 ext2 /boot /dev/sbd2 extended /dev/sbd5 lvm2 pv ...
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How can I restore my documents from a Time Machine backup?

I'm currently transitioning from OS X, and aside from finding replacement programs, what I miss the most about OS X is the use of the Time Machine feature. I currently have a drive that I used for ...
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Copy an image of a disk to an external drive

As far as my last copying experience went, basically it didn't happen. I have tried the onboard GUI tools to create a disk image. I am not bothered about errors, I just need to make a copy of that ...
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Backup ubuntu completely, reinstall os and then restore it exactly the way it was

I recently got a new graphics card and I want to have windows on my computer to play windows only games in my steam library. I currently have Ubuntu 14.04 install and perfectly configured and has all ...
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Unable to find Dell factory restauration partition

I want to restore my DELL Vostro to factory setting but I am not able to find the restauration partition. I tried to restore GRUB and Windows MBR but both can't access to recovery partition. Here ...
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Backup and Restore list of installed packages and APT sources

I commonly reinstall Ubuntu and back up my APT stuff [sources, keys and installed package lists] using the tutorial at http://askubuntu.com/a/99151/371765. However I commonly also remove software such ...
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Does Ubuntu have dump and restore?

Some Unix/Linux books (Nemeth, Synder, Hein and Whaley (2010) UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook and Frisch (2002) Essential System Administration: Tools and Techniques for Linux and Unix ...
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what's behind Ubuntu 12.04 default backup program?

what's behind Ubuntu 12.04 default GUI backup program? Does it use some program which also has command line interface (I always like the flexibility of command line programs, although harder to use)? ...
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Will incremental backup notify if a previous full/incremental backup didn't succeed?

I am not sure what tool under Ubuntu to use for back up yet. If the last full or incremental backup finished without reporting any problem but there actually was a problem, can some tool report its ...
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block level backup and file level backup

When shall we use block level backup and when file level backup? is block level backup mostly or only used for backing up an entire partition? If no, when does it apply to part of a partition's back ...
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Moving large size directory using rsync

I plan to move from linux o/s a directory which is mounted on SAN(offboard) to external storage for backup. The dir size is 14TB. I do have experience moving files in/out using rsync but never done ...
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Online backup: Backup a partition while editing some files in it

Backing up a partition takes long. Is it possible for me to edit a few files in that partition, while backing up the partition, so that the backup is still up to date, i.e. the same as the partition ...
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Which files contain information about the physical partition?

I maintain a weekly updated backup of my whole hard disk with Kubuntu 14.04, thanks to Rsync. I rarely need to restore the back up, but today I did something nasty to my OS, too complex to try to fix ...
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GUI program to create partition backup image no larger than its files?

I like 'Disks' (gnome-disk-utility) and its ability to create backups of system partitions. But at some point I read on the internet about a program that would create such images that are not as ...
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Automatically backup system images

I'm very very new to Linux/command line stuff. I'm trying to figure out a way to automatically back up my server. Ideally, I'd like to set up an automated system to create a system image and sync it ...
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Backing up or mirroring my existing hard drive

I'll try to keep it short - I have windows 7 and ubuntu 14.04 LTS installed. Windows has recently stopped working (involving all kinds of messages during start up that say that my hard drive is ...
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Rsync error 23: some files were not transferred, when copying files from Windows drive to external HDD

I wanted to copy files from the Windows drive to external HDD using rsync, with the following command: rsync -azv --progress --exclude-from '/home/mint/exclude.txt' '/media/mint/OS/' ...
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Recover the directory structure of a lost LVM Logical volume?

I am aware of the huge amount of data recovery questions on this site, and reading all of them I think my case is unique enough to warrant a new question. how it came to be I set up a LVM with ...
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Why is duplicity's primary backup older than secondary?

duplicity is run with full every month and increment every week. Now and then I remove all but 3 full backups. However the last duplicity collection-status returned: Found 3 secondary backup chains. ...
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Good way to copy ALL files from a Windows drive to external HDD if I don't know where important files may locate?

My Windows just recently died and now I want to copy all the files from the C: drive to my external HDD. And you might be wondering why all files? Because I'm afraid I might forget something in the ...
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Absurdly large /proc/kcore file — what does it mean?

I had to abort a backup of my system because it stalled on the file /proc/kcore. I check its size and, well, the file is enormous. Checking Google, it seems that many other people have absurdly large ...
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Will these terminal commands allow me to backup my entire system?

I would like to backup my system in such a way that if I ever had to reinstall ubuntu I can very quickly return to my "old" setup. In other words, I would like to be able to recuperate all my files, ...
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nfdump schedule with cron

Hi I tried to generate nfdump file with crontab, but whatever the reason it dosent work my script #!/bin/bash nfdump -mR /home/user/test -zw /data/fnf1.dump this script itself works and all other ...
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Create a personalized installation stick (and backup)

I just installed xubuntu 14.04 on a new PC, along with all apllications I need. I'd like to know: 1) A reliable backup solution for ubuntu, something like Acronis for windows. 2) A way to create a ...
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What do I do after backing up my data (with Deja Dup)?

I know it may sound a bit hilarious,but what should I do with a backed up system in case I want to restore it? Can I store the files on an USB or optical disk and then simply reinstall my system..?
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Backing up Entire Ubuntu System to External Hard Drive with Windows Partition [duplicate]

I just used the windows backup utility to store a bootable image (I think..) to a 1TB external hard drive. Do I have to store the Ubuntu partition (backup) to a different sub directory in the hard ...
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Which files should I backup? [duplicate]

I would like to backup every important file on my computer such that in the event I lose all my data I can get my computer back to its "normal" state as fast as possible. I have a large hard drive ...
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Is it possible to create a bootable image of the current system and use it repair my system later?

I am trying to create a "rescue USB" of sorts. The plan is to back up (or clone) a current image of system (including all the packages and software that I have installed) on a 16 GB or a 32 GB USB ...
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Backuop/Restore PPAs/Repos and Packages?

I'm looking at doing a full reinstall in order to change my FS and implement FDE. I'm hoping for 2 scripts. (I am not a coder of any kind) first script (backup) create list of ppas/repos create list ...
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Screen turn off during Restore

I just reinstalled my ubuntu 12.04 and during the back-up restore my screen just turned off but my computer is still working. The hard drive's light is off. I guess its no longer in use. It's has been ...
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Auto backup on login (Ubuntu 14.04)

I have installed grsync so I can backup files from my laptop to my folder on a local server. When I run it manually, the files copy across, no problem. I want this to happen automatically when I log ...
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Files on an HFS+ backup drive show up as empty text files

I have a external backup drive for my old Macbook, and have recently built a new computer and installed Ubuntu 14.04. There are files on this external drive that I need, from when "Time Machine" ...
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Compressed backup solutions

The Question Is there a way I can use rsync, and enable compression of my data at the backup target? I'm aware of compression of data during transport, but I've disk space restrictions. I am ...
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system backup and restore for recovering from broken pipes error

my system is broken down(showing broken pipe error after grub loading) so can i use backup the whole system than install new ubuntu 12.04 and restore my data.any one can tell that system would not ...
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Simple backup with 2 servers in Ubuntu Server 14.10

I want to know how to make a simple backup from one server to another. I have 2 servers (one for websites, the other is empty) and I would make up the folder html (/var/www/html/ of apache) via SSH ...
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How to use rsync properly?

I have a server with 3 seperate websites on it. I want to switch mail transfer agents from sendmail to postfix. Switching from sendmail to postfix means thatat sendmail will have to be uninstalled. ...
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How do I DD backup the Microsoft Surface onto a Image file? Has anyone done this and restored it successfully?

I normally back up my PCs with a disk dump. Its effective but slow, but required for us. I usually do something like this: dd if=/dev/sda bs=512k of=/mnt/MyUsbStick4TB/BackupOfMyCDrive_sda.dd Can ...
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Backup of Flashdrive

I am compiling some packages onto an external USB flash drive. Unfortunately, the compiling has not been going 100% and I often have to try redoing packages with different settings. To make sure that ...
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restore failed, data lost?

I am running ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ × 2 sitting on a FUJITSU SIEMENS M2R-FVM 1201 main board with 3,7 GB RAM and VGA Gallium 0.4 on ATI RS480. I came ...
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How does one make backups of registry key values?

I am building a kiosk mode application that needs to disable key combinations such as the following: open terminal close window minimize activate window menu I use gconftool under Ubuntu 12.04 and ...
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Store on USB at system boot

I am interested in storing data on a USB drive every time my system boots. I have placed a script in the init.d directory but I am not able to copy my data in the USB stick. Is it possible that the ...
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what is the default location for backup files of another server

I have an Ubuntu Server and one of its "tasks" is to mirror/backup files located on another server in a different location using rsync/rdiff-backup. I know there are some conventions like web pages ...
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Deja-Dup notifications in Ubuntu Gnome 14.04.1

I have an issue with the Deja-Dup backup utility in Ubuntu Gnome 14.04.1. I have it set to automatically backup every day and it backs up my entire home folder with a few sub-folders excluded. There ...
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What is .config folder?

Inside I found configuration files for Deluge, which I needed to for a list of torrents. Does it contains all similar files? If that so, can I just copy whole folder before reinstalling whole Ubuntu ...
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Harddrive replication without *full* dump (dumping partitions is OK)

Today, I bought a second server almost identical to my first one (I guess). Specs (processor model, RAM, HDD) are the same. But I failed to copy the disk of the first one to the second one. It didn't ...
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Restore Disc for Windows Before Switching to Ubuntu [closed]

I have been trying to get my laptop to dual boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu for hours and hours. No matter what I do there is just something else wrong. I want to just wipe Windows off my computer entirely ...