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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Easy backup/restore of installed system?

Is there any easy and open source backup/restore solution for installed (after clear install) Ubuntu system, like Acronis Home backup ?
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Is this SystemRestore available?

I saw something similar in Windows for Ubuntu at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SystemRestore. I was wondering if it has been available now? Thanks!
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Can't boot after recovering backup

I installed Xubuntu 10.10 on a 16 GB pendrive with full disk encryption using the alternate installer. The installation process was quite time consuming so I made a backup booting from the standard ...
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Ubuntu Backup Solution to backup a networked mounted drive to the local disk, and with a gui

I'm running an internal network LAMP server on ubuntu 10.10. I have another ubuntu running on an older ppc g5 with a 640gb drive in it. I'd like to run some software on that G5 that does some snapshot ...
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Backup Evolution Mail

I would like to backup my email that I have already downloaded and stored in Evolution. I know there is an option in Evolution to backup your Evolution settings but how can you backup your mail ...
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How to backup BOINC

I have BOINC Manager installed from the PPA, version 6.10.17, and I am about to upgrade my Ubuntu install with a clean install. I would like to know how I can backup my work done on BOINC so I don't ...
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Can I use dd command to backup a partition on a FTP server?

can I use the dd command to backup a file on a ftp server rather than network share?
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How can I substitute colons when I rsync on a USB key?

I would like to backup my mail directory on a USB key. However, my IMAP has a strange naming convention that something include a colon (:) character. Since the USB is in a window format, rsync fail ...
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What is the easiest way to back-up and archive DVD's to another DVD?

Preferably a all in one software package.
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Steps for restoring the home directory? (User IDs etc.)

Say I have a home.tgz and want to drop that on a freshly installed ubuntu box. What do I need to do before I untar the file? Create users? What about user IDs? Groups? What about encryption?
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What do I need to do to backup&restore (copy) users when migrating from one Ubuntu Box to another? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Upgrade while keeping home partition Scenario: New PC with fresh Ubuntu installation (10) + Old PC with Ubuntu (8) Want to copy the old users' setting+files onto the new ...
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What directories do I need to save to backup my user settings?

Ok, so my disk is dying. I have read this - http://askubuntu.com/questions/2724/best-way-to-clone-ubuntu-installation-copying-to-identical-hardware - but don't really need to copy the whole partition....
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How to backup settings and list of installed packages

If I want to make a backup of everything I have done since the fresh install of Ubuntu, what are the possible options? What all should I backup? I want to get all the settings that I changed, all the ...
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Where are all my Empathy settings stored?

I would like to know where Empathy stores all my information, so as to be able to back it up and re-use on a different Ubuntu machine. So far I have found only the conversation logs in ~/.local/share/...
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Is there such a thing as a restore point in Ubuntu?

Windows has this. Basically what I want is to record the state of the system either manually or periodically and then restore to that point if required. For example, before upgrading the distribution, ...
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Is there a system journal that I can install?

I am talking about a program that will show you all the changes you made to the system, in case I have to trouble shoot my system? A CLI one will be better, in case of worst case scenario
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Clone Ubuntu Machine

I have an install of Ubuntu Maverick on slicehost, that I'd like to replicate on a different machine (a kvm VM install). Is there a simple way of mirroring all it? I mainly care about installed ...
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How to back up my entire system?

If I want to make a backup of my entire OS (including but not just my home directory), how do I go about this? Is it as simple as backing up everything in / and then when if I suffer a crash, just ...
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What software can be used to create a restorable drive image?

Not sure what Linux software I would use for this, basically just like Acronis True Image for Windows, but for Linux. The rule is that we are keeping Windows out of the equation, I want to be able to ...
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What way is best for backing up apache2, mysql, cvs and webmin configuration files [closed]

I've Ubuntu 9.10 cloud servers running. I'll be using server administering gui tool 'webmin' for backing up resources like apache configuration files, mysql, cvs, the directory /var/www, and the ...
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How to keep “dot files” under version control?

Etckeeper is a great tool for keeping track of changes to your configuration files in /etc A few key things about it really stand out. It can be used with a wide variety of VCSs: git, mercurial, darcs,...
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What happens if rsnapshot / rdiff-backup gets interrupted in the middle of a transfer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What happens if rsnapshot / rdiff-backup gets interrupted in the middle of a transfer? What happens if rsnapshot or rdiff-backup gets interrupted in the middle of a ...
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Clone system and auto replicate the changes

Is it possible to clone an Ubuntu system and if any changes are made to original system, those should be replicated to the one cloned? I need to have backup support if original one gets down. In my ...
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What happens if rsnapshot / rdiff-backup gets interrupted in the middle of a transfer?

Question says it all: What happens if rsnapshot or rdiff-backup gets interrupted in the middle of a transfer? I know that rsnapshot tries to make a complete snapshot of your system in rotating ...
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How to rdiff-backup / rsnapshot / backupninja from LOCAL to REMOTE machine?

I'm a bit confused about doing backups with rsync/rdiff-backup / rsnapshot via SSH. I've been looking at utilities such as backupninja and rsnapshot. These are rsync / rdiff based backup systems, ...
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How can I can clone or ghost my system drive to restore it to a bigger HD?

How can I can clone or ghost my Ubuntu System drive to restore it to a bigger HD? Something like Norton Ghost does with NTFS or FAT on Windows.
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How can I setup nightly backups via the command line?

I'm running Ubuntu Server and I'm looking for an efficient way of performing nightly backups of particular directories using cron. However, since the computer isn't always on, I'd like it to just run ...
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If I install Ubuntu 10.10 over 10.04, will all my programs be erased? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will there be data loss for upgrade ? If I want to install 10.10 replacing 10.04 and I select overwrite existing linux distro, will it keep my /home folder and all my ...
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Backing up third party apps before reinstalling Ubuntu

I'm planning to reinstall my OS by not formatting my root partition (I only use a single partition) as this will preserve the contents of my home directory, but the problem is that when I've done it ...
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Using tar for simple back-up and restore

I want to back up a user's home folder by making the entire content into an archive document and storing it on an external ext3 (or ext4?) hard drive. I'll want to keep all the file attributes. Is ...
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Which tool to backup an ext4 partition?

I'm searching for a tool to backup a whole ext4 partition to an image. I tried the latest version of mondo, which is not working. What are good alternatives?
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How to back-up a wireless setup?

I'm about to do a fresh install of my ubuntu desktop system. When I originally put the system together it took me a week or so to figure out how to get wireless working. And I can't find my notes on ...
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NTFS backup image wont mount

I made an image of my NTFS partition before i formatted, but now it wont mount. I'm pretty sure I've mounted this image before. root@z:/var/backup# mkdir Storage-disk root@z:/var/backup# mount ...
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How do I backup/restore my Empathy logs?

I found a folder called ~/.local/share/TpLogger/logs. If I just copy that folder, and paste it into a new installation, will my logs be preserved? Or will they not be associated with the new accounts? ...
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How do I put Ubuntu on a NON-flash external USB hard-drive?

Amazingly enough, circumstances have left me without a single USB flash drive, or a working CD-R drive. Also, because I moved about six months ago, I got rid of all my extra Ubuntu CDs that I used to ...
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Comparison of backup tools

This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site, so please do not use it as evidence that you can ask similar questions ...
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How can I keep a folder synchronized to an external USB hard drive?

I have a growing music collection which I manually keep in sync with an external USB drive. Sometimes I edit their ID3 tags, add or delete a file in either the hard drive or the USB drive, and I would ...