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 do I open Deja Dup as root?

I wanted to backup /var/cache/apt/archives using 'Deja Dup' but it keeps saying >> Could not backup the following files. Please make sure you are able to open them. ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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MySQL Automatic backup tools

I use back-in-time for backuping up my projects automatically. but my Database is not backing up automatically. like, scheduling by day or hours. Is there any tool to backup MySQL automatically?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 create an image of my ubuntu 12.10

Hi last week I installed ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop and Today I have my system more or less configure as I like. I would like to know how can I create an image of the system that can use to install ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 to create live backup of hard drive.

I am looking to have a backup copy of my hard drive incase of failure. Ideally I would like this to backup nightly. I want to be able to have 2 HD's installed in the system at the same time and boot ...
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Cannot open my external hard drive anymore

I was using it to back up two laptops: an IBM ThinkPad running Xubuntu 11.10 with a Qimo session, and an LG R200 running Ubuntu 11.10. I had previously backed-up both computers, several times using ...
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Is there a way to revert the entire system to a set point in time?

I have a development computer running Ubuntu. I often mess things up and end up reconfiguring everything on the machine the way I like it. I would prefer to be able to revert my system to a set point. ...
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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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Can I tar the whole system, clear everything and untar it back?

I have to do the whole system cleanup, deleting and recreating all partitions. I'm wondering if I could simply tar all my / (excluding proc, sys and mnt) into archive and then untar it into clear ...
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How can I make rsync to switch to another harddrive automatically if space on the first one is full?

My problem is, how can I make rsync to switch to another harddrive automatically if space on the first one is full? Is there a simple way? Or even a way without using rsync?
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How can I access directly to my backup files, without having to restore them?

I've allways made "simple" backups, saving all my files normally in folders on my external hard drive. I've already used the tool that Windows 7 (on my desktop computer) offers to make backups, but it ...
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Ubuntu 11.10 on modern SSD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I optimize the OS for SSDs? There is already quite a lot of questions regarding SSD disks with Ubuntu. But the technology moves forward. Are there any new things ...
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How can I backup my system, encrypt the disk, and restore? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Encrypted System Backup I would like to encrypt my entire disk offered by a fresh Ubuntu install as described here. However, my current laptop has too many ...
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How does the backup-button works and how can I use this under Ubuntu?

Many external hard drives have a backup-button with a OTB function for backing up stuff. An example is the "Sharkoon Quickstore Portable". So how does this button works? Is there a vendor neutral ...
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Backing up for syslog/dmesg/message to different folder

I have an assignment where I am required to back up the /var/log/dmesg, /var/log/syslog and /var/log/message to text files in a different folder such as the Desktop. It will also create a file called ...
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Can I delete incremental backups made with Déjà Dup?

After using Déjà Dup for a while, I keep getting this error after every attempt at a backup: Backup location is too small. Try using one with more space. Could I delete some backups made of ...
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rsync not working between NTFS/FAT and EXT

I have music that I play in my car, from an FAT32 USB stick. The folder which I use to put songs on is stored on my EXT4 hard drive. I add/remove/retag songs regularly and occassionally want to ...
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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 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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How to safely back up the “Private” folder?

I have an ecryptfs "Private" folder in my home directory, and it is set up to automatically mount whenever I log in. I want to set up automatic backups to a network drive, but I don't want the ...
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Using /var/log to backup some folders / database contents

I need to backup regularly (daily, using cron) some folders along with MySQL database contents (in sql format). Is it okay to use /var/log (by creating a new folder to be used in it) for storing these ...
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How do I back up the list of applications I have installed?

I have very slow internet connection. It sometimes manages to reach as high as 20 KBps!! Installing large packages like K3B or wine or some games takes takes too much time. If ever somehow I want to ...
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Cron jobs show up in GNOME Scheduler but don't execute

I have configured Back In Time and MySQL Administrator to make a backup every day at 15:00. In order to be sure I have installed Gnome Scheduler to see whether these two applications are registered ...
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How do I backup the pre-installed Windows before installing Ubuntu?

I want to install only Ubuntu on my new laptop. But before that, I would like to make a backup of the Windows OEM installation on my laptop and then later, in case I wanted to sell the laptop, I would ...
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How to backup and restore downloaded gnome-shell extensions?

I have downloaded several gnome-shell extensions from official Gnome site and installed. But, I don't want to install them every time, I re-install my Ubuntu. I want to have a feature to backup those ...
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How to backup my Ubuntu, so that i can clone the same setup to another PC?

How can i make a boot-able CD of my existing Ubuntu including all the modifications i did?. So, that i can use that CD to my another same new PC to start quickly all setup done. Follow up: $ sudo ...