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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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 ...
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Why won't dconf and .gvfs back up?

I'm been using the Ubuntu backup utility to backup my hard drive and for some reason. It won't back up the following files /home/username/.cache/dconf /home/username/.gvfs What is causing this and ...
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Create Ubuntu Standard Disk

We have demand for Ubuntu System within our Organisation. What I like to do is Reset Network Settings Reset Name of the PC Remove "More suggestions" from dash remove Music/movies from dash board. ...
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Can I copy my Ubuntu OS off my hard drive to a USB stick and boot from that stick with all my programs?

I'll be travelling and I hope to back up my laptop in case it gets stolen. I wonder if I can make my backup a bootable USB flash drive, that way I could just have my system as-is on stick and use it ...
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What's a good back-up strategy for 1 desktop PC?

No, this is not a comparison of back-up tools, nor is it a solicitation on What to backup or Why and only a little bit about Where to backup and When to do it. It's basically a strategy question: ...
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Can't edit system files with gksu gedit gives error when saving could not back up the old copy of the file before saving the new one

I am having an issue with my Lenovo Ideapad y410p with the speakers popping and making a ringing sound which I can't seem to figure out how to fix. I found one solution on Ask Ubuntu but I am unable ...
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Unable to retreive Tomboy Notes from Backup Folder

Due to a software malfunction in Ubuntu 12.04 I was unable to boot up my PC. I backed up the contents on PC hard drive onto an external HD. Then did a complete install upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04. I ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Deja-Dup Backup to Synology DS413J

Can anyone give me a simple step by step guide as to how to set up backup to my Synology NAS with Deja-Dup? O/S is Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (64 bit) and NAS is Synology DS413J.
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Using duplicity with gzip max compression but without encryption

I would like to use duplicity in order to perform local back-up of one USB external HD (let's call it hd1) to another USB external HD (let's call it hd2). I already use deja-dup (which is based on ...
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Diff between backups: see permissions, group and owner and sym link differences

Question Using only the command line, is it possible to tell if a rsync backup (on a NAS) and the original folder tree (on a web server) are exactly the same? I mean in terms of file sizes, ...
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Recover from improper setup of backup drive using Label//UUID

Objective: Set up home multi-system (Mac, perhaps Win7, and other Ubuntus) backup capability using Seagate Backup Plus 3T drive connected to Ubuntu Studio 14.04. I would like to simplify the drive ...
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WIndows 8 partition became unbootable - Help? [duplicate]

My Windows 8 partition suddenly became UNBOOTABLE (this is the main difference with the other threads on the subject). I was working on a report when the screen became black (I could just move the ...
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SMART status: failure imminent - file system unknown and inaccessible

I am currently trying to back up data from a hard drive which is about to fail, according to SMART. So I hooked the disk up to my SATA USB adapter and sure enough windows wouldn't recognize the ...
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LTO Backup problem in Ubuntu

I'm seeking advice how to troubleshoot this further... I have a Adaptec ASC-1405 SAS card and a HP LTO-4 tape drive. I make a normal tar backup, tar -cvf /dev/nst0 ... This works with any fuzz. But ...
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Can i create image of my current installed ubuntu so that i can install it on other machine? [duplicate]

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 TLS. Is there a way to produce an ISO installable image of my current system so as I could burn the image on a flash drive and be able to install it on an other PC ? Please ...
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How do I back up my apps?

I am running Ubuntu 14.10 on my Acer C720 Chromebook, and I am planning on upgrading my undersized drive that is not optimal for running full Linux, and reinstalling Chrome OS and a Linux ...
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SystemBack - Are frequent Updates Normal?

I have SystemBack ver. 1.1.3.110 (etc) installed on my PC, running Ubuntu 14.04. I've noticed that almost every time there are updates for my OS and programs, there is an update for SystemBack. It ...
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How can I use Dropbox as a backup without syncing the backup to my harddrive?

I use Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit. I read this link: "How can I use DropBox as a simple backup?" which suggests to backup using deja-dup to the Dropbox folder. However, if I would do this, the backups will ...
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How to prevent deja-dup-monitor from running, or completely delete it?

My ubuntu is dead after a few minutes because a process called deja-dup-monitor consumes almost 7 GB memory. I searched the internet and found that it seems to be used for backups and related to the ...