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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Most of my software just disappeared (Kubuntu)

Amarok, konsole, dolphin, volume control, and a lot of other software just disappeared after I restored pam.d to default last night. Is there some way for me to restore my software without restoring ...
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using the dd command to copy 'broken' disk

I have got an external seagate harddisk, used for backup. Now I can't enter the disk (not used dd command yet!). When I plugged it to a Windows computer, it said the disk needed to be formatted before ...
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Does duplicity detect when a Backup Is Already In-Progress?

Any time you schedule a recurring backup, it is always possible for a previously-initiated-backup to run so long that the next scheduled backup gets initiated before the previous backup completes. ...
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Locked out of Ubuntu 14.04 after Failed Restore

I made a deja dup backup from ubuntu 14.04 and tried to restore it to see if it works. There was a file in /root/.config/pulse/something that could not be restored. Even though rest of the restore ...
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Copying hard drive (~100 gigs) to a 2 terrabyte drive, tries to copy 143 terrabyes

Recently I have been trying to make a full backup of my Linux parition (of just a few hundred gigs- 3 tops) to my backup drive of 2 terrabytes (almost empty), I keep having an issue with running out ...
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Does Timeshift Backup provide (OSD) notifications in Ubuntu?

I am trying Timeshift backup program for the first time in my Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit system. Setup and use is simple enough but I am used to Ubuntu's default program "Deja-Dup" providing persistent pop ...
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s3cmd causing huge memory usage on 12.04 server

Today I installed s3cmd on my server to facilitate backups to s3. Everything is working great, and I even scheduled a cron job to regularly back up. Then I went and checked my Media Temple dashboard ...
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I am one step closer to installing ubuntu, back is grayed out and I was stupid enough to not make a backup

Ok, so yeah, i've been stupid enough not to make a backup and 1 step closer to installing ubuntu. What I need is that is windows totally safe and not gonna be touched I made a new partition from ...
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Default permissions wrong for backup and other programms

I ran my first backup with ubuntu 14.04 which ended OK but reported a bunch of files that failed: these are all the ones in /home/me/.launchpadlib/api.launchpad.net/cache which are more recent ...
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Backup of multiple server with snapshot

I have three server that I need to be able to pull backups from using rnsapshot and save backups to a single backup server. How would I do it? So far all the guides I have read has one server in mind. ...
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Can root chown anything?

So I have a duplicity-based backup script which is run periodically as root thanks to anacron. It runs as root because I'm backing up about the whole file system (save for /tmp, /sys, etc), and also ...
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How to export Observium data?

Trying to figure out how to export the data from Observium to see the throughput of a network, and save it to a file. Any help would be great.
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Files being wiped by cloud storage services

When I move and rename files using Ubuntu One or Grive Tools, using an SSD, sometimes clients doesn't catch the change properly and delete or make to reappear missing folders. Why it could be that?
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EHCP backup restore

i have restored a backup of echp made yesterday, and now i can´t access one of my sites www.macsha.com It give me a blank page any idea? Please it's really urgent! Thank you
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Syncing dm-crypted drives?

I have 2 usb sticks, 8GB each: usb1 = /dev/sdb usb2 = /dev/sdc usb1 is a full dm-crypted drive and I am currently using usb2 as a backup, just incase usb1 fails. I am cloning usb1 to usb2 using ...
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How to Access Ubuntu Files From Bootable USB “Try Ubuntu” Section

Few hours ago I have tried to open my pc but I got error called "BOOTMGR IS MISSING" please restart pc, after little research I thought that I should create bootable Ubuntu USB and access my ubuntu ...
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Cloning a USB stick

make a dd backup of the dm-crypt usb and rest the test the backup I know I can make a copy of a usb stick using the following sudo dd if=/dev/sdb of=~/USB_image and then restore it using ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Fatal Exception

I use Ubuntu 14.04, 64-bit. I installed Virtualbox and was testing another Linux OS (Deepin). My system froze and I could not get to a TTY session to reboot. I had to do a hard restart and when Ubuntu ...
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backup valuable files in ctl+alt+F1

I'm having an issue with Unity not loading after I log in upon booting. All I get is my desktop background and a cursor, no top bar, no dash. I can't use any keyboard shortcuts (other than ...
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How can I access and backup ~/.gvfs and ~/.cache/dconf?

I am creating backup and after completion I got this.. Could not back up the following files. Please make sure you are able to open them. /home/vinay/.cache/dconf /home/vinay/.gvfs I ...
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“@reboot” command are not function properly

I have installed in my laptop Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating system and it working fine, problem only that my file backup script not work properly, because of @reboot command not function properly. ...
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backup without overwriting old backups

I'm using Ubuntu server 14.04 to backup all data from '/mnt/test/ folder' to '/home/john/' with TAR and archive to stuff.tar.gz and to make it to backup automatical. I use cron to backup it every ...
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Transfer all messages of thunderbird with windows 7 to thunderbird ubuntu 14.04?

How can I transfer all messages and contacts of thunderbird with windows 7 to thunderbird ubuntu 14.04? I know that have a free app called mozbackup. But it don't works with linux. There a way ...
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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?