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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How can I do a backup of my Thunderbird inbox

Ubuntu 14.04 is seriously misbehaving, and I only have access to the terminal. I propose to do a full reinstall, but want to backup the Thunderbird inbox for reinserting if it is otherwise lost in the ...
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Is an Ubuntu Restore possible?

I would like to take a complete snapshot of my current Ubuntu 14.10 system, much like a Nandroid backup on Android phones. Is there a utility which allows one to backup the current system as it is, ...
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14.04 automatic ssh sync tool needed(backup)

Currently I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and I would wish to make an automatic backup of my local drive to the university server. This server I can access to via ssh (no root rights). I am looking for a ...
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Restoring Linux System Files from Deja Dup Backup

So I inadvertently deleted or moved a system file or directory as super user on my Lenovo Yoga Pro with Ubuntu. I do have a backup created with Deja Dup. And I can get to the command prompt but not ...
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backup your home directory with rsync and skip useless folders

You can easyly backup your home folder on an external harddrive with $USER=`whoami` rsync -a --exclude=.cache --progress /home/$USER /media/linuxbackup/home/$USER I excluded the .cache folder cause ...
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How can I encrypt Deja-Dup backups with a GPG public key?

Deja Dup, the default backup tool in Ubuntu, allows encryption of backups by means of a password. How can I encrypt my backups using my GPG public key? This Debian bug report requests this ...
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How do I install the Mega Sync Client

How do I install the Dropbox alternative: Mega Sync Client?
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Backup LVM snapshots and Grub2 problem

Long story short, I'm using obnam to take backups of my system. This is what I do: take LVM snapshot of /, /usr, /boot, /var, /home mount the snapshots on /bck-snapshots, /bck-snapshots/usr, ...
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Minimizing effects of large number of files

I need to manage a filesystem with a large number of files (hundreds of thousands). This filesystem is rsynced periodically. The vast majority of files don't change often, but since there's so many, ...
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How can I fully backup my fully encrypted disk before upgrading to Trusty from Precise?

My computer is currently running Precise, and using full disk encryption. I'm nervous that if there are any complications when upgrading to Trusty, I won't be able to revert due to my disk being ...
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Back in time shows 'saving permission' in the bottom corner of the GUI all the time…is it bad?

Back in time displays 'saving permission...' in the bottom left corner of the GUI all the time, even when it is not being actively used. Does it always do that with other users? Is it a harmless ...
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Scheduled Cron Back up from EC2 to S3

I have created a script for scheduling sql back ups and store in Amazon S3. Below is the script that I used for taking backups. DATABASES="testdb" testdb_USER=root testdb_PW=root ...
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Deja Dup error setting permissions

launching Deja dup I get this message: Error setting permissions: Function not implemented What should I do to fix this? Thanks!
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rsync + ssh public key asking authentication

After creating the keys and use ssh-copy-id command successfully, I can connect by ssh user@host but when I'm trying to do a transfer via rsync and it asks for password... rsync command is as follows: ...
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Questions related to ubuntu and data storage

I am about to do a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release. I had Ubuntu 14.04 and installed emerald, and now I am unable to get the unity nor I am able to access my data. Only option left was to do ...
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Backup ALL Photos & Videos properly from iPad? [closed]

I have an iPad, and I want to back up all of my photos & videos from my iPad to the computer, I've tried FTP copying from the iPad to my PC, it didn't work out so well as some of the videos ...
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backing up software installed from repository

I have installed kubuntu-desktop from the ubuntu reposiitory. It seems to have messed up my unity GUI. SO i want to uninstall it,but I want to create a backup of the app before I remove, because I do ...
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Folders to Backup

I have a 1TB external hard drive that I use to back up my entire computer. Right now, I have every one of the folders under my computer set to back up, that is, /home, /usr, etc. (Except /media, ...
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zip warning: No such file or directory

I have a backup bash script for my Dovecot emails like this sudo zip -y -r -q ~/backup.zip /var/vmail/* -r is for recursive, -q is quiet (since man said that's useful for bash scripts), -y is to ...
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Asking for a sudo password in advance

I have some scripts for backing up data. Some of them need root access, so I use them with sudo. However, sometimes I get confused, e.g. for the mySQL backup, which also needs a mySQL root password. ...
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How do i backup games downloaded from ubuntu software center? [duplicate]

I have Laptop and PC, both are running Kali Linux.. and i have installed Many games on PC from Ubuntu software center such as Nexuiz, xmoto, sauerbraten, etc of big sized games.. i want to install ...
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rsync error while transfering data from one server to another

I have 2 ubuntu 14.04 servers in vm in my machine.I logged in the 2 servers as the user chandhu, then by using sudo -i , I changed as root. I have one file in the user chandhu.I wanna to move that ...
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ubuntu grub rescue no loaded kernel

I backup my system by tar. And then tar -cxvf the backup file on the another disk ,Start the computer into the grub rescue,error: not found /boot/grub/i-386/normal.mod。 then I did: grub rescue > ...
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Transfering my Ubuntu install onto a replacement hard drive

Today I am planning on swapping out my ridiculously small 20gb hard drive, for a less small 80gb. Only issue is that it's my Ubuntu drive and I'd rather not go through the install process again. I ...
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2nd and 3rd disks mirrored for backup on Ubuntu Desktop

I wish to set up a small home server providing NAS and Web server functionality to my home network. I'd like to be able to store family pictures and other things I'd want backed up. So I had ...
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Minimum drive size for deja dup

I've been using Ubuntu for quite a while now, but so far I've never really had the need for backup tools like Deja Dup, since I've been using my PC mainly for doing some university work (writing ...
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Are there any issues with backing up Ubuntu running on an internal SSD drive to an internal HDD?

I'm configuring a new Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 LTS machine and will be using a Samsung 512 GB SDD in my first internal hard drive bay. I've got a couple extra 500 GB HDD's that I don't want to waste, plus ...
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Restoring a Backup from Terminal

So I have a pretty straightforward question, but have been unable to find a straightforward answer. I recently did an update on Ubuntu 14.04 and I shut down at the end of the night last night. But ...
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How to create daily offsite backups of a server, prepared on the server then pushed/pulled offsite?

after some weeks of trials, configurations, setups and reading of tuts and howto's i finally got my server working with some services, (email server, music streaming) etc. During my attempts I also ...
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Is there any way to get daily,weekly & monthly autobackups of mongodb running in ubuntu14.04?

Is there any way to get daily,weekly & monthly autobackups of mongodb running in ubuntu14.04 ?
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Rsync with special character files not working between Mac and Linux

I want to use rsync to backup my Ubuntu server with a disk residing on a Mac. But I do not get it to work properly, since every time I re-run the rsync operation after the initial time, the files with ...
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External HDD not mounted error for backup with LuckyBackup

I've come across LuckyBackup to make regular backups on a external drive. I've tried in Ubuntu 12.04 and has run fine saving files to the external hdd. But when I try ty the same in 14.04 it gives ...
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Rsync between Ubuntu and Mac: how to get the iconv option to work

I usually backup between two Ubuntu machines, but I now want to use rsync to backup my Ubuntu server with a disk residing on a Mac. But I do not get it to work properly. The first time all is well, ...
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Best Backup System for Ubuntu [duplicate]

Is Clonezilla the best backup system for Ubuntu 12.04.5? And if so, what do I need to do to download it...ie: Do I need to partition files? If so, how to do this. Thanks.
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Can't tell if I backed-up my computer successfully

After hours of moving between two computers to reformat a hard-drive to even open properly on my computer (It is currently formatted as NTFS) I finally had some progress. Using Backup, I did... ...
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File swipped away after power faliure

We are bunch of guys (9) working on a project. All of us save our files to a single computer which has windows share enabled on the project folder. There is a problem of power cut out in our place and ...
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How can i start another operating system from within the ubuntu live cd?

I'm in a situation where i want to test various backup scripts for a remote vbox or vmware VM. For that I'm going to use an improvised 'pre-boot' environment for the guest machine made from a ...
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Installing ubuntu and drives partitioning [duplicate]

I am shortly switching to ubuntu forever. I want to erase windows 7 and run my laptop on ubuntu. I have acer aspire 4736z laptop with intel t4400 processor, 3 gb ram, 320 gb disk. Is 64 bit system ...
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How can I prevent configuration changes to a specific user account?

Edit: Just to be clear, this isn't going to be a web kiosk. The user will be able to run more programs than just a browser. At very least, some text editor and a few other programs which are already ...
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Wildcards in exclude-filelist for duplicity

I am trying to exclude a "bulk" folder in each home directory from the backup. For this purpose, I have a line - /data/home/*/bulk in my exclude-filelist file. However, this doesn't seem to be ...
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Trying to sync live data to a backup server

I'd like to take the data from the live system to a backup system (to test new features etc) Piecing together an rsync command, I have the following. How do I ensure everything is copied? Things ...
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thunderbird mail contacts backup

Do you know how I can back up my address book in Thunderbird mail. I want to be able to make a back up of my address book in case my computer crashes and I loose all my email contacts. I have managed ...
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How do I open deja-dup during a current backup?

I've got deja-dup doing regular backups and today it began one in the background. This will take a few hours and I want to pause it. Unfortunately, when I try to do so, the usual backup window that ...
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Fixing permissions of backup files that I don't have -r or -w access to - but still denied access

I've always used rsync to backup all my files to an external drive. Now after having formatted my hard disk and reinstalled Linux, I wanted to copy the backup files to my hard disk. The problem is ...
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JBOD and Redundant Storage Pooling for Backups

I would like to add some redundancy for backups such that if one or two of the disks fail I can recover the data. I have a MythTV server with 5 disks (all XFS) where the sizes currently range from ...
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How to burn my original ubuntu on a DVD

i need to install windows 8.1 with Ubuntu (dual boot) but i can't because there's only one partition so i need to remove Ubuntu to delete the existing partition and make new ones.
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Ubuntu backup error backup location is too small, help please

I'm running ubuntu 14.04 from USB stick and using the default backup (a deja dup GUI I believe) to backup my windows 8 drive from my tablet to my desktop PC (windows 7). I have managed to get as far ...
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How would I use tar for full backup and restore with system on SSD and home on HDD?

How would I use tar for full backup and restore with system on SSD and home on HDD? The existing backup and restore answers don't seem to cover the case where root and home are on separate devices
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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 ...