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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Deja-Dup backup NAS problem

I'm trying to make a backup with Deja-Dup via LAN to my NAS using "Windows Share" (Samba). It worked the last days but since today I got the following error: DBus error ...
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VPS: Disaster recovery

I have a live vps running ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS (Precise Pangolin), and though I have all of our web application's databases backed up to the amazon s3, and all of our source code backed up on bitbucket ...
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Restored file from back in time has “.backup.date”

That's basically my question. For example, there is /.bashrc and /.bashrc.backup.20131111 at the same time. What to do about them? It seems like the back up version is what I intended to restore.
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Can I restore applications settings from a back up of Ubuntu on a fresh install Lubuntu? (same machine)

And in general, I'm wondering if this is possible as I switch between Ubuntu derivatives? (or even Linux distro)
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Is there any way to get a MySQL database from a /var backup?

I upgraded from Ubuntu 12.10 to Ubuntu 13.10. After some time, I found that I didn't export all my MySQL databases. Some of them are missing. I still have a backup from my /var/ partition, but I ...
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Luckybackup rsync errors with exFAT

I am having an issue with luckybackup on ubuntu failing after I formatted an external SSD to exFAT using windows 7 I have installed the necessary drivers to access the exFAT file system, e.g. sudo ...
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Using Ubuntu to backup NTFS to SMB (zfs)

I'm trying to rescue a friend's borked Vista machine. I've created an Ubuntu boot disk and mounted both her NTFS partitions, and I'm trying to back everything up before attempting the rescue. I've ...
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AutoMySQLBackup - how to store username / password

I'm trying to setup AutoMySQLBackup on Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS in security conscious manner. I've setup a mysql user with minimum privileges for backups. But when installing AutoMySQLBackup from apt-get ...
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How to install apple theme offline on ubuntu?

My friends likes to convert ubuntu theme to apple theme. but due to lack of internet connectivity he can't install apple theme using terminal(through commanding). Is there a way to back up my theme ...
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Restore with back in time after fresh install of ubuntu

I back up my home, which includes a list of installed softwares and PPA, on an external hard drive using back in time. I plan to do a fresh install of ubuntu. Will I then be able to install back in ...
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Archiving with rsync

I want to back up my data to an external hard drive. So far, I used to directly copy and paste each version of my home directory. This creates many versions of home directory. Many files are common ...
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Backup failing with No Space Left error

So I have a backup partition set aside on my 100GB HDD (old computer) of about 30 GB. I have some files that I want both Windows and Ubuntu to access (a NTFS partition) as well as the backup directory ...
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Mythbuntu Database Backup - changing the number of backups saved

I would like to change the number of database backups saved from the default 5. I have already moved the mythtv-database script to /etc/cron.daily and it is creating a backup each day instead of ...
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how to restore software from backup by deja dup

How to re install software from the backup. I backup the apps and data using deja dup Is it possible?.
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restoring backed up thunderbird files

How can I restore my backed up thunderbird files after format? Do I just copy the files back where thunderbird store these files? Or must I use import in thunderbird? What is the best way?
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How do i backup my videos folder

Is there a way that I can compress my videos folder to a very small size that can fit in an 8 GB USB-drive? The folder is about 32 GB and has all our family videos in it. I tried backing up but the ...
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backup dedicated server runing ubuntu 10.04 and plesk 11.01 prior to update os to uduntu 12.04

i would like to backup my dedicated server which is my web server hosting various sites and email, so that I can update the os to Ubuntu 12.04, and basically restore back to 10.04 if things go wrong. ...
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How to improve my backup strategy (rsync)?

I've seen the QAs about backup solutions, but I'm asking anyway. One because it's a personal situation I haven't solved yet, and two, because the answer can be useful for others. My situation is ...
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How to restore backup configurations of deja-dup

How can I restore backup configurations of deja-dup? I formatted my Ubutnu machine and I forget to copy the old configurations :(
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rsync'd a folder, folder doesn't show up, but free disk space decreased

I am currently trying to switch from mac to windows/ubuntu dual boot (on 2 seperate internal HDDs), but ran into some trouble restoring my documents. I am not sure all the information below is ...
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Keeping local folders synchronized [duplicate]

After repeatedly losing data on encrypted drives due to some trivial combination of software and hardware failure, I would like to know if there is a simple tool that keeps local folders synchronized. ...
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Restore Windows 7 System Image from Ubuntu

I had searched and searched and cannot find a simple answer to this question. I have a full backup data + system image of my current windows 7 on an external hard-disk. If I were to install ubuntu, ...
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How to routinely back up files on Ubuntu Server 12.XX? [duplicate]

I would like to know how I can setup a automated backup for Ubuntu server to either make a compressed backup of a group of files or upload them to a remote server. I don't need a whole system backup ...
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Can someone recommend me a backup solution that can be used for an educational institution? [duplicate]

The online university where I study is constantly experiencing data loss, including students’ files and literature, so I want to recommend them an effective solution.
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snapshot of certain user home directory every 12 hours

I have a build server that builds our comnay product in a continuous build method. the build user is called build (surprise ,surprise, i know :-) ) and most of the data that it uses is simply taken ...
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Installing on NTFS partition

Hello I currently have win xp installed on my pc , I got two drives C: (main one) and D: which I use as a backup drive and save all my videos & docs in. Last time I installed Ubuntu , it gave me ...
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||| New to Ubuntu + Need Help | Quantal . Dualboot . built in linux . toolbar …

i have installed Ubuntu quantal 12 along with Windows it worked fine at start and now the toolbar and most features in Ubuntu (including updates) are not working and i am only able to use a different ...
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Bacula job is giving back a restore OK message but nothing is restored

I want to restore one of my client that runs Linux Ubuntu Server. I tried to restore the client but it gave me the response that the restore is finished and its ok. I then went to the destination ...
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Kubuntu 13.10 - backintime-kde do not start

I have a Kubuntu 13.10 64bit fresh install. I installed backintime and backintime-kde4 When I launch backintime-kde4 it crashes saying: mirto@msb03:~/script$ backintime-kde4 Back In Time Version: ...
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Partitioning During Installation, Reinstalling Ubuntu, Backup donwloaded Repositories [closed]

I am new to Ubuntu and I have just finished installing 13.10 amd64 on my PC. This will replace my Windows 7 as my only OS. I just want to clarify some issues that've been bugging me. I tried reading ...
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setup rsync to delete files from my remote server once they have been successfully transfered to my local machine

I need help setting up rsync to transfer files from my remote server to my local machine and then delete the files form the remote server once they have been moved successfully to the local machine. ...
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Backup network for overheating USB WiFi Stick

My USB WiFi adapter tends to overheat and when it happens, it stops working until I pull it out and plug it in again. Since I often access my machine remotely from other places, when it happens, my ...
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Backup [How-to] [Help] [duplicate]

Currently I am using Ubuntu 13.10 for a few weeks. Before this, I am using Ubuntu 13.04 and everything is okay. When I upgraded to 13.10, finished the installation setup and I cant login. Looking all ...
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Crontab commands and backup

I have the following crontab running on my server: 0 23 * * * /etc/webmin/postgresql/backup.pl --all @daily /etc/webmin/fsdump/backup.pl 155931323799484 30 20 * * 0 /etc/webmin/fsdump/backup.pl ...
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How backup and restore Horde manualy

how can I backup and restore my horde sql database The Databse ist located in /var/lib/mysql/horde There are many *.frm files and one db.opt My Server ist broken, so I want to reinstall it. Can i ...
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How to restore missing calendar data from Lightning/Thunderbird

Today out of nowhere all my events and tasks disappeared from my Thunderbird. However, I have a full backup of .thunderbird folder. How can I restore my calendar data? I reverted these files to ...
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I need to get past my permissions to recover data

Due to some mishaps, I am unable to boot into Kubuntu at all. However, my data is still on the hard drive. I managed to get one of the other two computers to which I have access to read the disk by ...
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Killing a Plesk 11.5 backup process in Ubuntu

I want to kill a backup process initiated by Plesk in Ubuntu but don't know which processes safely can be killed: ps aux | grep backup root 20505 0.0 0.0 4392 604 ? Ss 01:43 ...
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Backing up with dd

I follow the instruction in this post, using the command dd if=/dev/sda1 | gzip > disk.img.gz but the imaging does not seem to stop. Is it because the disk.img is being put (as default) in my ...
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Question regarding drives

I am a new Ubuntu user who has spent a lot of time on Windows. A very common practice for me on Windows was making two drives, C: and D: , storing installs/files in C:, and I used D: for backup or if ...
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Standalone installation of ubuntu 13.10

I have windows 8 installed on my PC and now i want to install ubuntu 13.10 as a standalone OS i.e. i dont want to keep windows 8. I have 3 partition on my HDD. 350 MB (Boot Files in NTFS) 100 GB ...
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How do i make a COMPLETE BOOTABLE iso of my system?

Exactly as the title posts. I want to make a completely bootable iso of my system incase something breaks. Not just the files but the whole system!
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Full system hard drive backup options

I'm relatively new to Ubuntu and alreday I managed to wreck it several times that I had to fully reinstall it. I need a robust solution to clone the whole hdd so that no matter how bad the damage - ...
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Reinstall system using deja dup back-up from maintenance mode

Well the upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10 failed, seemingly because it couldn't install 'tex-common'! I'll file a bug report later, but in the mean time I'm stuck in a maintenance shell: Scanning for Btrfs ...
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Backing up postfix + dovecot

I am renting a single server, on which I installed ubuntu 12.04, postfix and dovecot (and ISPConfig). I would like to backup the full postfix+dovecot configuration, in order to restore it in case of ...
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Cloning only used part of Ext4 partition

I have a 320GB HDD. 100GB holds /, out of which only 30GB is used, and rest holds /mnt. I am planning to buy a 64GB SSD. And I can only use one HDD at a time. How can I create an image of that 30GB ...
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Can I dd if=/dev/sda to of=/dev/sdc3 (drive to partition)

Can I dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdd3 (copy drive to partition) ? Will it be a problem? The source and destination drives with their respective partitions are as follows: --Source Drive details-- Disk ...
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Are encrypted deja-dup backups resumable?

I have about 1TB of data I'd like to make an encrypted backup of over a period of a few sessions. I'm guessing under the hood deja-dup uses something like rsync and only modifies a backup when ...
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Least impact upgrade to latest ubuntu from old version

I am looking to upgrade from 13.04 to the upcoming 13.10 but have a few questions about how to handle the upgrade whilst having the least impact on my current setup. I have these partitions on my ...
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Ubuntu 10.04LTS (Lucid Lynx) - Hard Disk Back Up [closed]

I am using Ubuntu 10.04LTS (Lucid Lynx) and have a 250 GB Hard Disk (ATA TOSHIBA MK2555GSX). It is mounted on a single device /dev/sda and use Master Boot Record Partitioning. When I am doing ...