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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Back up the whole ubuntu system or system image creation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make a disk image and restore from it later? In windows back is very easy with Norton ghost. Run it and forget it, What is the same type of software for backing ...
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what are hidden files ending with ~?

I noticed while working on my site through nano/terminal that ubuntu creates weird ~ files. I've index.php~ etc. I imagine this are backup files? is this correct? why does it do this? and how do I ...
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Automatic backup with Back in Time?

I have installed Back In Time Backup Application and configured to backup one important folder every day into another folder. Question. Does it perform backup operation only when the application ...
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How to backup a system with whole disk-encryption?

What's the way to backup a system encrypted with whole disk-encryption? I mean, The total system is encrypted, not only the home folder.
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Is there another way for me to backup /home/user other than creating a subvolume?

I think I'm having difficulty fully understanding subvolumes and snapshots. The /home partition is btrfs. I want to create a "backup" snapshot of /home/user (for example) but user has existed for ...
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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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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 to restore downloads folder from de ja dup backup

I backed up my entire home folder including Downloads. After purchasing a new laptop, I found there is no "revert to previous version" when right clicking on downloads. There are files in Downloads ...
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Is there an easy way to get a single folder out of a Deja-Dup backup?

When I installed 11.10, I manually moved my data. Unfortunately, I forgot to move ~/.shotwell. I have a recent Deja-Dup backup of my home directory (minus a few things like ~/.thumbnails and so on). ...
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Recommendations for a backup solution?

I'm looking for a backup solution for a specific use case. If none exists, then I'm tempted to make one. I have a large and growing collection of video files. On my workstation I have a fairly large ...
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Why is this rsync + ssh cron job giving me 'Permission denied (publickey)' errors?

I make frequent backups to a local drive which I want to sync daily to a remote server. The target server is configured for SSH key (no password) access only. Since my primary SSH key for that server ...
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Which Folders To Include In backup?

I'm quite new to Ubuntu and want to create a backup. I'm really not sure what files and folders to include so that if I restore my system it will be as it is now. I can't seem to find good details of ...
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Block-level deduplicating filesystem

I'm looking for a deduplicating copy-on-write filesystem solution for general user data such as /home and backups of it. It should use online/inline/synchronous deduplication at the block-level using ...
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How can I change the password of Deja-dup (Backup)?

How can I change the encrypted password of Deja-dup (Backup)? I have set the encrypted password, it worked in the first two days, but now every time the backup starts it asks for the password I type ...
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Deja Dup backup, change use of /tmp to another folder/location

As the title suggests, I'd like to force Deja Dup to use a folder other than /tmp. My backups fail due to size size restrictions, see bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/deja-dup/+bug/1033552 Any help ...
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Using LVM snapshots on a live system: possibility of corruption due to system activity

If I am doing backups from LVM snapshots of a live system, how can I best avoid problems due to the snapshot being taken during things like upgrades? Presumably this wouldn't be catastrophic, since ...
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Recommended total system backup solution [closed]

I already searched a bit around the answers here, but nothing satisfied me. I want a back-up solution that makes a total back-up, so that I can restore my Ubuntu system in case of major failures, like ...
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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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Fastest way to backup a single file?

I want to quickly create a backup of a file, by creating a duplicate with a '~' at the end, in terminal. Is there any straight forward single command way of doing this?
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Moving 11.10 complete system to a new bigger Harddisk

I would like to move my current installation of Ubuntu 11.10 to a bigger harddisk, since the old one is failing. I would like to avoid solutions like dd block copying (since there would be unused ...
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Where does Deja-dup keep its config files?

Deja-dup (now Ubuntu Backup) is just a GUI for duplicity, therefore it should store the config files somewhere. I would like to changed the backup volume size to something like 300MB and the increase ...
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how would I create a tar without using sudo?

If I tar my /home/username and create the .tar file in /home/username, then I get an error of the sort . file changed as we read it probably because the directory file itself is changing due to the ...
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Is it possible to unset root password?

Is it possible to unset the root password once it has been set in ubuntu? Am trying to run a backup using Arcserve R16 backups agents. I run it as the admin user but of course it does not have root ...
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Backing up files from specific folders in rsync

How can I specify specific files to include/exclude in grsync/rsync? Currently, I use different operations to backup files from only specified folders. I want to do it now in 1 pass. I think I ...
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How can I backup my programs/applications, so that after I reinstall a new one, I can still use the backup-ed ones?

Is there a way, that I could backup all my programs, all apps, put them in a directory or something, so that I could install them quickly next time, without having to manually going over the app ...
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How do I use Ubuntu Backup (DejaDup) with Owncloud (WebDAV)?

I'm trying to use Ubuntu Backup (ie. DejaDup) with Owncloud. I have an account with Owncube and made a folder in my root called 'backup-computer1' where I want my backups to go. Under Settings in ...
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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 do I remove hidden backup files?

I have files ending in ~ in my home directory, and I want to delete them. How do I do that? How do I prevent this backup functionality?
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Filesystem that gives an encrypted view of a directory—the inverse of EncFS

Currently I'm using EncFS to encrypt my directory "confidential" to ".encconfidential" and sync that encrypted directory using an online service (e.g. Dropbox, UbuntuOne etc). However my entire disk ...
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back up folder >4.7GB to DVDs

I have a folder of about 20GB that I'd like to back up. It's the .raw files of photos I took last year, so it's not a folder that will change, so incremental backups isn't an issue. All I'd like is a ...
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How to exclude files in rsync?

I'm using ubuntu server 12.04, now I want to backup some files using rsync, here is a try: rsync -aAX $HOME/Documents/* $HOME/Backups/TEST --exclude={$HOME/Documents/another/*,$HOME/Documents/temp/*} ...
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create OS back up

hello I have ubuntu 9 that I take with my Dell laptop! this CD contain a program that I can create a copy of all ubuntu files & programs into a CD and Run it from CD(live) or Intslall it(with all ...
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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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How do I set the backup destination directory of bup?

bup defaults to saving backups to ~/.bup. How can I tell it to save backups to my external drive (/media/backups) instead?
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Is it possible to backup individual files with Deja Dup?

In the Deja Dup preferences, it is possible to select certain folders to backup and certain folders to exclude. I would like to be able to backup individual files in my Home folder (Such as .vimrc ...
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How to migrate the whole system to a new machine?

I use ubuntu to deal with daily job. Now I buy a new laptop, and I want to migrate my whole system(programs, packages, data, settings, etc) to the new machine. I know I can copy my home folder to new ...
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What is the import process in Thunderbird for backup.pst files

I am not able to restore my previous mail backup data file backup.pst. kindly help on the same.
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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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Backup strategy

When backing up Ubuntu 12.04 is it necessary to backup system files outside of the home folder? I have had a GRUB installation become corrupted by a subsequent update. I need a strategy to recover ...
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How can I get DejaDup to ONLY backup to UbuntuOne?

How can I get DejaDup to ONLY backup to UbuntuOne? I installed 11.10 on a small partition two weeks ago, setup for daily backups and forgot about it. Next thing I know the disk was filled up and I ...
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Which folders to restore from full system backup after harddisk change?

Which folders do I need to restore from a backup of my Ubuntu 11.10 installation to get the original state back except the harddisk change? Details: I installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my internal SSD-Disk ...
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External hard drive failing, is backup recovery possible?

I have a Seagate Freeagent external hard drive. While I was backing it up on Windows XP my pc crashed and I received the horrifying "Delayed Write Error" when I rebooted citing "$MFT" and a few other ...
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How do I restore default settings and configuration, but keep local data, installed apps, and PPAs?

I'm fairly new to Ubuntu and while messing around with different things and trying out some shells, I've managed to mess my system up. Specifically I really messed up my GNOME session and can't get it ...
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Is there an alternative to carbonite?

Can anyone tell be if there is an alternative to carbonite for ubuntu. I love the idea of carbonite's "unlimited" automatic backup, can anyone help Cheers
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How can I switch a folder to read-only mode so I can backup, but letting the server to write transparently to a journal file

I have a very large server (Minecraft) using tens of gigabytes of files. Every two days, I make a backup, but since the server is so big, I have to shut it down for 45 minutes until the backup is ...
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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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Rsync behavior in a cron script

I have an nfs device that creates checkpoint (backups) everyday. I want to use Rsync to copy these checkpoints to another device (Drobo connected via iSCSI). So I've run the script on a single nfs ...
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Match Regular Expressions for Exclude List in deja-dup

It appears deja-dup does not accept regular expressions when adding entries via dconf-editor to org.gnome.DejaDup.exclude-list. Is there a solution to allow for regex matching of paths for this ...
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Need a way to automatically move files on a daily basis

My Ubuntu system is set up as an FTP server. I have several networked security cameras which send hundreds of MPEG4 video clips to the FTP server every day. These files are stored on a USB-attached ...
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When I boot-up I get this dialog: “Backup Failed: Failed with an unknown error”

Backup Failed Failed with an unknown error. When I booted-up this morning I got a dialog which presented the above message and no other information! The dialog is "helpful" in that it tells ...