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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Which hidden files and directories do I need?

In a previous question, I explained my situation/plan: backing up home directory on external drive, reformatting laptop drive, installing 14.04, putting home directory back. (It hasn't happened yet ...
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Extract duplicity files manually

I lost the drive, and the Ubuntu OS installed in it, from which I created a backup using Duplicity, and I don't know how to restore the archived files I still keep in another drive. They all follow ...
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Deja Dup Backup Failure

I'm trying to Backup Now with Deja Dup, but get a failure soon after starting. Backup Failed Failed to retrieve share list from server: No such file or directory It doesn't tell me which file or ...
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Permission error trying this backup script

I am trying this Backup Shell Script from the server guide. Granted it's for my desktop running Xubuntu 14.04. The NFS is mounted and accessible. The script has been created and edited with the ...
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Restoring Ubuntu System

I had messed up my system running Ubuntu and Windows 7 and Windows 8. I was not able to boot into Ubuntu while I was could boot into windows. So I uninstalled Ubuntu through a live USB ,but before ...
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Restoring backup with tar

hi i'am usin Ubuntu server 14.04 I want to backup all data in /mnt/backups/(pictures music etc.) i use: tar -cvpzf backup.tar.gz /mnt/backups/ and i want recover into /home/john/recover/ i use: tar ...
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sata to usb reader issues

I have 2 laptops that are each running 10.04. One of these laptops got left out in the garage in the heat, shut itself down, and never restarted. There is only one file that I want off the laptop so I ...
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Installing Ubuntu Server on Barracuda Backup Server 490

I am fairly new to Ubuntu and Linux in general. But I have an old Barracuda Backup Server 490 that I want to re purpose. But Barraduca's rates are pretty steep when it comes to using their hardware. I ...
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Using Grive to backup Links to large folder

I have a folder that contains 2 Gig of photos for Shotwell that I want to backup using Grive. I created a Link to the folder and moved the link to the Google Drive folder. When I run Sync Now, it ...
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How to backup guake's settings

I've worked a lot on configuring guake to my needs but I can't find a way to export these changes (doesn't seem to be related to gnome-terminal's profiles). Is there a way to backup my "guake profile" ...
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I used Wubi to install 12.04 and update to 13.10. How can I switch to a real disk partion for 14.04 but keep all my custom programs and settings?

I think Wubi is an excellent tool, and it's a shame it's been discontinued, but I'm ready to use a real disk install because apparently it will speed up Ubuntu noticeably. However, I have a lot of ...
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What to do if upgrade fails

I am about to upgrade from 13.10 to 14.04, but was concerned that the upgrade may overwrite some settings I have added to files ,when I say I what I mean is a friend, as I'm not good with this stuff ...
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What is Evolution reliability? When can I expect solution of its “freezing”?

The Evolution 3.2.3 program in my fully updated Ubuntu 12.04 occasionally "freezes" and I need to restart the PC. Sometimes it happens when I quickly move to further ('work', but 7 day) weeks or ...
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What should I use to backup my home partition to optical media?

I have been looking around for a backup utility to handle breaking up my home folder backup across a set of blu-ray discs. Aside from using brasero to manually add each file and folder I want include, ...
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Having backup kernels in ubuntu

I had many kernels in my Ubuntu, but recently I deleted all of them (except one) as they were corrupt. Now I am left with a single kernel onto which I log in every day. I am afraid as to what will ...
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how to mount .vhdx image in lubuntu

So, I had a hard drive with Windows 8. The drive started dying, so I made an image backup to an external HDD. Because it's practically impossible to get an ISO of Windows 8, I installed Lubuntu. ...
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Can I use Git to backup all my server changes? [closed]

I want to use Git to monitor all the changes I make to my Ubuntu server. If I rollback changes, can I run into trouble when I rollback changes?
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Shutting down ALL services (server backup)

I am running Ubuntu server 12.04 LTS. After many trials and errors, the backup strategy I have selected resorts to using TAR (mostly because I was unable to find a tool to backup/restore dovecot ...
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Failure proof logical volumes on heterogenous bunch of irreliable hard disks

Like I guess most people do, I have accumulated an assortment of various hard drives over the years. They are mostly of different size, manufacturer, speed, etc. There are too many off them to put ...
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LuckyBackup for Kubuntu 14.04?

I am new to Linux and therefore Kubuntu 14.04. I loaded 14.04 successfully and now want to use it to back up files from a Linux based (DLINK) NAS drive. This would be a remote drive to the new Kubuntu ...
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Tar restore from tape fails

I have a basic backup to tape script and restore script that was written by a previous admin. When trying to restore from tape, I get the following error: tar: v: Cannot open: No such file or ...
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How to properly clone both root and user information with proper permissions?

I have been looking for a backup software for my Ubuntu boxes that works with the similar ease of EaseUs backup software for windows. I would like to be able to back up both user info and root info. ...
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Backup and restoration of USB-modem functionality

The laptop with USB modem is in another city with my elder relative. The laptop has dual boot with XP and Ubuntu. Modem works in XP. The modem did work in Ubuntu but not anymore. I cannot fix the ...
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sbackup-gtk not installable from 14.04

I can't install sbackup on my laptop due to below reason: $ sudo apt-get install sbackup-gtk Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Some ...
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Keep backing up (copying) the same file to a new folder

I am saving a stream in my HDD. I'd like to copy the file periodically into a subfolder backup such that the older versions of the the file are not deleted. Simply put Assume the original file is ...
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Cloning with DD command

How can I back-up a partition (not the whole disk) to another partition on an external hard-disk using DD? I achived this with the following command: sudo dd if=/dev/sda6 of=/dev/sdb3 bs=1M ...
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Ubuntu virtual machine export [duplicate]

Is it possible to backup my Ubuntu OS (not virtualized) and restore it in virtual environment (such as virtualbox)? Or export installed Ubuntu as virtual machine?
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Shell script backup routers

Below is a script I've wrote to backup my routers and adsl modem, Any ideas to compact this script in less lines? Each router have a different kind of structure as you can see. #!/bin/sh ...
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Replacing Windows and trying to figure out how to backup old files on Ubuntu

I'm using Windows Vista, however, the OS had numerous problems so I decided to fix it with the installation disc. Yet, I can't seem to find it so I'm planning to use Ubuntu as the OS and backup the ...
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Do I have to backup the boot partition table with partimage in order to make a full backup?

I am new to Linux and quite often break it. Now with Partimage and the RescueCD of it, i dumped my linux file system partition on sda2 to sda4 partition. In the install process of LInux mint, I ...
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Best backup software for ubuntu [duplicate]

I need a backup software for Ubuntu 14.04 that has a GUI that can backup my entire system to an external hard drive or network drive. Any recommendations?
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deja-dup ssh method doesn't work - writes locally instead

After years of rsync, I'm giving deja-dup a try. Not so successful, so far: Every attempt to have it write its backup via ssh results in a local directory tree opened at the directory where the ...
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Backup during Ubuntu upgrade

I want to upgrade my ubuntu from 13.10 to 14.04. Is it possible and safe to backup my HOME folder in different disk partition in the same system and restore it later, after upgrading my os?
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how can I take lxc container backup

I want to take lxc container backup. We have server with 12.04 LTS ubuntu server and I have installed LXC - 1.0.0.alpha2 in it. I wanted to update our ubuntu server to 14.04 LTS. So what I want to do ...
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trouble with aptoncd backup

can I backup softwares installed using Ubuntu Software Center using aptoncd? I have installed all my aps using USC. They are not listed in aptoncd list.
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what happens if i delete a file while tar is processing it?

I am attempting to backup my filesystem with the following command: tar -cvjf /fs.bz2 --exclude=/fs.bz2 --exclude=/proc --exclude=/lost+found --exclude=/mnt --exclude=/sys / This command has been ...
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What is the steps should I take to install Spideroak on a multi user (or not) system?

I would really like to install Spideroak to try as a U1 replacement. I am having a hard time finding a definitive guide to do so. Is there such a guide, or could someone go though the process step by ...
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Track file and folder name changes

I'm successfully running a remote backup of a small server over the internet using rsync. However, the process can be lengthy if the following happens. Let's say a large directory has had its name ...
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Are there people know how to copy the all of data in root to normal user below /home

I use the root for a period of times,Now,I log on the normal user I created before,which environment is not as same as root. Are there people know how to copy the all of data in root to normal user ...
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How to backup drivers?

I just wanted to know if there any very easy way to backup and restore drivers just like system restore in Windows system? I don't want to revert back to original factory settings state. Just wanted ...
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How do I backup system to a different partition on the same drive?

I am a linux newbie, tech oldie. I am setting up a system with Lubuntu 14.04. Although, when I ran the installation I created two partitions -- 1/2 for quickie backups and 1/2 for the installed ...
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Installing 14.04 (64bit) and restoring certain config files from 12.04 (32bit)

I currently have a 12.04 LTS (32bit) installed alongside Windows. I've also set-up virtualbox inside my current Ubuntu installation. Well, I know that a simple sudo update-manager -d will get me ...
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I want to backup my entire Ubuntu system

The following table illustrate my partition Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 63 83891429 41945683+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT /dev/sda2 ...
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How do I Install Retrospect backup client on 14.04?

Retrospect Backup client require 32-bit libraries. On the 12.04 LTS I would install ia32-libs. That is no longer an available package and it appears that I must determine more precisely what libraries ...
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upgrade ubuntu server from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS

Right now I have ubuntu server 12.04 LTS. This server is important for our production, so I need to update server to 14.04 LTS carefully. I did setup LXC containers and each container have their own ...
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copying my backup files

I've made a backup.tgz file of all my work, which is now in the root directory. Can someone tell me the best way to copy it to an external hard drive? I'm guessing move it to the desktop, mount the ...
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Preventing Déjà Dup from attempting a backup when out of my network

I’ve set Déjà Dup to back up daily to my home network’s Synology NAS (by WebDAV, if you’re curious). The problem is that my laptop comes with me to many places. My laptop does not seem to realise ...
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How can I backup only certain folders using Deja Dup?

I want to backup only my Documents Folder and not my complete home folder. I tried doing so by including the Documents folder in " Folders to save" while adding all others to " Folders To Ignore" but ...
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How to backup all the data of my Ubuntu system?

I am currently using the remastersys to backup my Ubuntu system, but at the end it tells me the following error: The compressed filesystem is larger than genisoimage allows for a single file. You ...
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Manage Snapshots

So Ubuntu supports LVM. This in turn supports creating and restoring snapshots of the hard drive. Coming from Windows, this is a highly useful feature for restoring the system to a previous point (In ...