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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Slow read/write to harddrive after backup?

Here's the story; I decided to make a backup of some files from an internal hard drive to an external, about 100GB, at something like 5mb each. This started off fine, predicted time at 2/3 hours. ...
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Recover data from crashed mac hard-drive from Ubuntu live CD

I've seen this question already posted but it didn't work for me. I have and old iMac from mid 2007 (iMac 7,1 if I'm not wrong). I made a backup of my iphone on itunes and then I made a complete ...
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How to create laptop backups that can be restored to a bootable virtual machine

Is there some way to configure Déjà Dup to create backups of a laptop to a server, such that the the most recent backup can be restored directly to (a bootable) virtual machine if the laptop is lost ...
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Déjà Dup won't back up ~/.config/nautilus-actions

I'm a mostly-noob with Ubuntu. Running 14.04 LTS 64-bit. I use Déjà Dup to backup my entire Home folder, daily, to an external 32GB SanDisk USB flash drive. But after every backup, Déjà Dup tells ...
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Backuppc: backup the localhost

I have succesfully installed backuppc on my Ubuntu server, but i wonder how I can save the backup files on a remote server. I want to create a backup of localhost and the send it to a remote host (not ...
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Files from Déjà dup cannot be restored. (Could not restore the following files. Please make sure you are able to write to them.)

I have a fresh installation on my old SSD-drive. Now I'd like to restore my data from a Déjà Dup backup, but i receive the error message: Could not restore the following files. Please make sure ...
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Xubuntu 14 backup and reinstall or make /home folder

I am dual-booting win8 and xubuntu 14, but I only gave xubuntu 30gb space and decided to make it my primary os now. I shrinked my windows volume and managed to free up around 300gb space.Now I would ...
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Why does backup fail with permission denied (in /var/backups)?

My backup fails and shows this message: Permission denied when trying to create ‘/var/backups/duplicity-full.20140907T165614Z.vol1.difftar.gpg’ How do I remedy this?
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“Syntax error: Unterminated quoted string”

I am trying to use a backup script that will backup my sql database and website files. I am running Ubuntu 12.04 32 bit version and zPanel. Here is what my DB structure is along with which DB I want ...
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Why is this rsync + ssh cron job giving me 'Permission denied (publickey)' errors?

I make frequent backups to a local drive which I want to sync daily to a remote server. The target server is configured for SSH key (no password) access only. Since my primary SSH key for that server ...
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How to: Make a “restore point” in Ubuntu, in case I break something?

How can i make a snapshot, a "restore point" in Ubuntu for when im about to try something I think is clever but turns out to be a "oh crap, not again" ?
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Transfer files from Windows to Linux over the network? [closed]

What is the easiest way for me to transfer files from a Windows machine to a Linux machine? This would be to back up user data for a clean install. Assuming that they're on the same network. The ...
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How to backup and restore sources when upgrading to a newer version?

If I copy/paste the /etc/apt dir or just sources.list for that matter to a newer version, I will still have sources named for the old version (saucy for axample) which is not right. For example: deb ...
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restoring 12.04 backup on 14.04 fresh installation

I have a dedicated server running 12.04. The hardware configuration is not strong enough and I want to upgrade to better hardware. Unfortunately the new dedicated server is only compatible with 14.04. ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Server with RAID 1 and Windows 7 for file backup

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 Server with RAID 1 with 250GB (2 x 250GB). And, on my notebook, I have Windows 7. Ubuntu Server shows up on my notebook but won't copy/move any of my files that I want to ...
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Creating a repo with git( or any version control)

I have all my code/projects as repos in github. I use git a lot, I do have few projects which I cannot push to github at the same time, I want to keep a backup on my External Hard drive, is there any ...
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accidently overwritten the ~/.bashrc file

while testing some commands I cleared the content of the ~/.bashrc file and i don't have a backup from it is it enough to copy from /etc/skel/.bashrc to login normally the next time or i may face ...
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backing up and restore drivers

i use a old dell inspiron ubuntu doesn't come with my wireless driver by default it does recognize the ethernet connection and used to downland wireless driver using cable connection . but now i dont ...
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Create and replace an existing directory?

I have a directory name foo located in ~/Desktop. Suppose I want to create a directory from a terminal with same name and in the same location. When I tried mkdir it gave an error: mkdir: cannot ...
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How to prepare Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to upgrade 14.04

I want to upgrade my Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04 but I always fear losing my data. I never upgrade an Linux`s distro before, actually, this is about one year I am using it. So I don't know how actually ...
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Can I restore a backup on a different computer than it was made?

I am using the default backup software for Ubuntu 14.04(deja dup). It backs up weekly to a network location. I'm about to put a new hard drive in my laptop, and I would rather just install ubuntu and ...
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list all manually created files or files with a high 'user information input entropy'

Classically Linux consists of many files being libraries, executables, configuration and documents. The general idea is that such files are just bytes and can all be considered similarly. However, ...
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Lost OS after backup of data files to external disk

Dual boot Win7 and Ubuntu 12.04 on a Fujitsu laptop I was attempting to back up my Ubuntu data files only to a WD portable HDD. My previous backup files had disappeared from a straight copy and paste ...
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Use Ubuntu network share for Apple TimeMachine backups?

I want to backup my Mac to a network drive mounted on my Ubuntu computer? How do I set this up?
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Errors when attempting to setup snapshot post LVM setup

I have been given assistance in setting up my LVM to be able to use snapshot in a previous ubuntu thread though at this point I just cannot figure out how to get my snapshot setup so that I could feel ...
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Backup function

I am attempting to make a function that you provide it a file name, it then make a back up of the file and slaps on a time stamp to mark the file. Once it time stamps the file it prints out all files ...
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failure to restore backup from deja dup

I had ubuntu 12.04.1 and I made a backup with deja dup of the home folder in an external hard disk. Today I installed ubuntu 14.4 and erased the ubuntu 12.04.1. Now I'm trying to restore my back up. ...
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Need to know best way to utilize LVM to backup Ubuntu

So I've had issues with Windows which forced me to install and learn Ubuntu as I'm fed up with MSFT. So now I need to know the most efficient/best way to image Ubuntu so that if I messed something up ...
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How to backup the root-partition without the home partition [duplicate]

I'm looking for a terminal-command or maybe GUI-programm to backup my root-partition (on a running system) without the included home-folder(on extra partition). The whole disk is encrypted and also ...
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Remote rsnapshot failing with “Permission denied” error

I'm trying to set up remote backups with rsnapshot from my home server. I want my server to connect into my laptop and take backups over SSH.Everything is set up correctly and I can connect from my ...
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How do you Image Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04 installations for restoration?

I want to do a clean install of Ubuntu and then create an image that I can use to restore the system to a clean state after I've tested the installation and use of an app within Ubuntu. But all I'm ...
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Problems restoring partition with “fsarchiver restfs”: it gets stuck!

I am having problems restoring my partition on a new SSD with fsarchiver. The creation of the archive of my partition went pretty smooth, but I can not restore it. I do not get any error, but it ...
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Server backup to github

Is it somehow possible to backup a whole server on github from the command line? Something like: cd / git commit username/repos -patch master I know it might not be this easy, cause it might ...
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Is there a way to back up a whole hard disk (which holds the OS) and use it for a reinstall?

I've built my own system and the ssd i'm using has failed twice already. It's always been during boot up and it just says operating system missing. I've checked and made sure that it was definitely ...
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copying data and syncing new data

Part of data has been deleted and I have a backup. How can I copy back the data without syncing, and syncing only new data because the internet connection is very slow, and it is taking long time to ...
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Proper way to remove an active / inactive LVM snapshot

I have created a sample ruby script file for removing extra LVM snapshots from the system. For removing LVM snapshot, we are using lvremove command. This command is working fine and we can remove ...
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Backup finishes but does not backup /home/username/.dbus

I'm unsure what .dbus is and why this error appears at the end of each backup. It says: Backup Finished Could not back up the following files. /home/username/.dbus How can i fix it?
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restoring backup on new computer

I have been following this tutorial for backup/restore of ubuntu server : http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=35087 I have a dedicated server and in case I have to restore the whole server on a ...
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How to backup user preferences and packages list to be loaded on different machine / after format?

I'd like to install Ubuntu on my other computer, but first minimize work needed to recreate my current Ubuntu configuration, including packages and their settings (like apache2, mysql or wallch). Can ...
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An overlooked feature missing - DVD as file storage media

I'm running V14 and I cannot read any of the DVDs I have stored backup files for my novels and short stories. V14 doesn't recognize the fact that a DVD contains data instead of a movie or is some kind ...
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Backup during installation of ubuntu alongside windows

Is it necessary to create a backup before installing Ubuntu on Windows 7? If so, how do I do that in as little time as possible??
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Make “backups” icon go away

Shortly after installing Ubuntu 14.04, I started getting this annoying black-box icon on my application launcher. I have to click on it and say "skip backups" every time I restart my computer to make ...
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Déjà Dup backup Restore Failure

I tried to restore a Deja Dup backup and it fails, I get an unknown error that has a trace back that is below. If there is anyway to just open the backup folders that would be enough for me to at ...
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Where to “--exclude” the specific directory's in mine backup script using tar

I want to backup my whole linux server but where do i --exclude=proc --exclude=sys --exclude=dev/pts --exclude=/var/backups . Please help!!! Here is my code. I may also have some errors in it. ...
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Updating to 14.04.1 LTS broke netatalk mounts

This morning I updated my Ubuntu Server installation from 14.04 to 14.04.1, using do-release-upgrade. Before the update, I was able to mount the shares on this server from my Mac, as well as use a ...
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Intel SSD bug: unbootable after sleep mode with low battery. need to backup data

After putting my notebook to sleep while it was on a low battery state I pluged my cable in and turned it on again. Then I got error messages about writing data to swap, ssd superblock and I/O errors ...
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Recovering Firefox's Saved Login Details

I'm trying to log in as admin to a Joomla site of mine. I was really lazy and always relied on Firefox to remember my login info. I've recently had to replace the hard drive in my laptop. I bought an ...
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Transfer “BackinTime” saves from old PC to new one

I'm changing my pc for a newer one. For two years, I have been keeping weekly "saves" using BackinTime. These saves are very helpful: they help to quickly go over the whole history of a project. Now, ...
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Making full disk image with DD

it is possible to make a full disk image with running ubuntu with following command: dd if=/dev/sda of=/image_name After i make it, how can i restore that image on a crushed system?
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How to copy or (quickly-and-easily) backup a “special file”?

Wanting to try this unverified answer for this unanswered question, but not without some kind of quick-and-easy backup. Thought copy-and-paste of the /dev/bus/usb/004 folder would do the trick, but ...