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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question on a backup application on ubuntu mate 14.10

Hi I am a new user with the Ubuntu mate 14.10. I am currently using a backup application that Ubuntu unicorn is using for there users. I was trying to input my password to the submitted areas but ...
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Crashed Ubuntu 12.04 Server -> Need Help Recovering & Transitioning To New Server

I have been running an Ubuntu 12.04 server with a single 2 TB hard drive in a somewhat-older small form-factor (SFF) PC for a while now. I had a headless CrashPlan client installed on it to back up ...
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Files Cannot be Backed Up [duplicate]

Just did my file back up. But I got a message that there are files cannot be backed up. For the detail, Here's the picture: Can somebody suggests me what's the problem, and how to solve it?
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How to Schedule Rsync over SSH (Ubuntu Server, Windows and OS X Clients) [duplicate]

On OS X I want to create a cron job that rsyncs certain folders to my Ubuntu server. I do something like this: MAILTO="my@email.com" */5 * * * * rsync -avz '/local folder/' ...
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Backing up a computer onto another computer

I'm not sure how to back up a Linux computer onto another computer like to a server. I don't know how to do it, can someone help me with this?
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Seagate HDD Error: Unable to mount and see the data inside it

While mounting my HDD on Ubuntu, it suddenly shows the following error: Unable to mount Seagate Backup Plus Drive- "DBus error org.gtk.Private.RemoteVolumeMonitor.Failed: An operation is already ...
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HDD backups are larger than physical disk size

So, I currently use Ubuntu mostly for backing up data on broken computers. Recently, though, I wanted to back up a system completely. The harddrive had 300GB of storage. I mounted the main partition ...
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Change rnapshot naming scheme to include date

I want to replace my current simple backup script with rsnapshot. I know you can change the snapshot folder names from hourly.0, hourly.1 ... to hoursAgo.0, hoursAgo.1 .... In order to make it easier ...
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Quake 1 Darkplaces Engine Save and Config Path

I recently installed and played Quake 1 but I would like to know where darkplaces saves the config and save files for backing up my data. Im installed the darkplaces engine through the command line: ...
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I forget my ubuntu backup password

I forgot my Ubuntu backup password. backup application shows every time I boot my system. what should I do?
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How can DejaDup backup folders requiring root permissions?

I'm using etckeeper to manage /etc and Deja-Dup for /home. I wanted to back up /etc/.git/ as well, using Deja-Dup, but this folder has owner:group set to root:root. Obviously, running Deja-Dup as my ...
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Errno 84 Invalid or incomplete multibyte or wide character - Deja Dup

I have pretty much the same issue as described here and I can't figure out how to resolve it and fix to restore my backup. I try to restore a backup to an external Hard-drive (USB) that already ...
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Ubuntu Install Snapshot / Mirror of HDD for Backup Purposes

I have got my Ubuntu 14.04 LTS install at a point I would like to take a snapshot of the whole drive, including the OS. I basically would like to mirror my Ubuntu drive onto an external/flash drive ...
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Is there a way to backup and restore basic file / folder permissions on Ubuntu the way that there is using icacls in Windows?

In Windows you can do this (backup and restore basic file permissions) can this be done in Linux? And to clarify, by basic file permissions I don't mean ACLs in Linux, I mean the default permissions ...
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Is there a way to backup and restore ACL file and folder permissions on Ubuntu the way that there is using icacls in Windows?

In Windows you can do this (backup and restore ACL permissions) can you do this in Ubuntu? And to clarify, I mean ACLs in Linux, I do not mean the default permissions modified with chmod / chown. ...
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aptik for non-root users

I want non-root users to be able to use aptik, particularly those with encrypted home directrories. I tried modifying the sudoers file for them -- it did not work. Here is the entry I set up in the ...
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Changing the backup/restore password

I forgot the password I was using for automatic backups and restore. I don't need to restore right now. I just want to set a new backup password for the next time the system backs my file up. ...
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Can I search Deja-Dup backup for a filename?

Sorry in advance if this question happens to be of a naïve sort. I know that recovering files in Déjà-Dup is pretty straightforward: simply go the the directory where the file used to be and (in ...
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Backing up important information

I'm currently using xUbuntu and I want to create a back-up on my external HDD of everything worth keeping so I can restore my system from scratch with the back up and wifi. I made a log file of all ...
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14.10 backup folder to another drive in the same machine?

I'm new to Linux so apologize in advance for the basic question. I have two drives installed in this machine. It is essentially poor man's RAID - the second drive is a copy of the first. There is a ...
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Copy system to new fresh install

I want to wipe my entire hard drive and install a fresh dual-boot Windows7/Ubuntu system, but want to put the entire Ubuntu system as it is now back onto it. The install is located at /dev/sda10. I ...
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How to backup BIOS before flashing? [duplicate]

I have an ASUS A55BM-E motherboard and I am looking to update my BIOS to resolve some boot issues. I want to make a backup prior to updating it just in case anything goes wrong. The default BIOS ...
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Install Ubuntu to a hard drive temporarily external and after that move it to internal?

I am replacing my internal hdd in my laptop with a new one. The new hdd hasn't been used before, and lshw can detect its capacity and no other information. I think of two ways. The first way: ...
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Cloning Ubuntu 14.10 installations

I need to use a range of Cloud VPS providers to run servers across the world. The first batch of providers is Vultr, DigitalOcean and DimensionData. Each of them offer the ability to create ...
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LVM2 Included During Install What Now?

I'm running Chatet OS (xubuntu). I included LVM2 during install. When looking in GParted I can see the following: /dev/sbd1 ext2 /boot /dev/sbd2 extended /dev/sbd5 lvm2 pv ...
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How can I restore my documents from a Time Machine backup?

I'm currently transitioning from OS X, and aside from finding replacement programs, what I miss the most about OS X is the use of the Time Machine feature. I currently have a drive that I used for ...
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Copy an image of a disk to an external drive

As far as my last copying experience went, basically it didn't happen. I have tried the onboard GUI tools to create a disk image. I am not bothered about errors, I just need to make a copy of that ...
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Backup ubuntu completely, reinstall os and then restore it exactly the way it was

I recently got a new graphics card and I want to have windows on my computer to play windows only games in my steam library. I currently have Ubuntu 14.04 install and perfectly configured and has all ...
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Unable to find Dell factory restauration partition

I want to restore my DELL Vostro to factory setting but I am not able to find the restauration partition. I tried to restore GRUB and Windows MBR but both can't access to recovery partition. Here ...
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Does Ubuntu have dump and restore?

Some Unix/Linux books (Nemeth, Synder, Hein and Whaley (2010) UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook and Frisch (2002) Essential System Administration: Tools and Techniques for Linux and Unix ...
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what's behind Ubuntu 12.04 default backup program?

what's behind Ubuntu 12.04 default GUI backup program? Does it use some program which also has command line interface (I always like the flexibility of command line programs, although harder to use)? ...
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Will incremental backup notify if a previous full/incremental backup didn't succeed?

I am not sure what tool under Ubuntu to use for back up yet. If the last full or incremental backup finished without reporting any problem but there actually was a problem, can some tool report its ...
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block level backup and file level backup

When shall we use block level backup and when file level backup? is block level backup mostly or only used for backing up an entire partition? If no, when does it apply to part of a partition's back ...
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Moving large size directory using rsync

I plan to move from linux o/s a directory which is mounted on SAN(offboard) to external storage for backup. The dir size is 14TB. I do have experience moving files in/out using rsync but never done ...
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Online backup: Backup a partition while editing some files in it

Backing up a partition takes long. Is it possible for me to edit a few files in that partition, while backing up the partition, so that the backup is still up to date, i.e. the same as the partition ...
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Which files contain information about the physical partition?

I maintain a weekly updated backup of my whole hard disk with Kubuntu 14.04, thanks to Rsync. I rarely need to restore the back up, but today I did something nasty to my OS, too complex to try to fix ...
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GUI program to create partition backup image no larger than its files?

I like 'Disks' (gnome-disk-utility) and its ability to create backups of system partitions. But at some point I read on the internet about a program that would create such images that are not as ...
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Backing up or mirroring my existing hard drive

I'll try to keep it short - I have windows 7 and ubuntu 14.04 LTS installed. Windows has recently stopped working (involving all kinds of messages during start up that say that my hard drive is ...
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Rsync error 23: some files were not transferred, when copying files from Windows drive to external HDD

I wanted to copy files from the Windows drive to external HDD using rsync, with the following command: rsync -azv --progress --exclude-from '/home/mint/exclude.txt' '/media/mint/OS/' ...
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Recover the directory structure of a lost LVM Logical volume?

I am aware of the huge amount of data recovery questions on this site, and reading all of them I think my case is unique enough to warrant a new question. how it came to be I set up a LVM with ...
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Why is duplicity's primary backup older than secondary?

duplicity is run with full every month and increment every week. Now and then I remove all but 3 full backups. However the last duplicity collection-status returned: Found 3 secondary backup chains. ...
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Good way to copy ALL files from a Windows drive to external HDD if I don't know where important files may locate?

My Windows just recently died and now I want to copy all the files from the C: drive to my external HDD. And you might be wondering why all files? Because I'm afraid I might forget something in the ...
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Absurdly large /proc/kcore file — what does it mean?

I had to abort a backup of my system because it stalled on the file /proc/kcore. I check its size and, well, the file is enormous. Checking Google, it seems that many other people have absurdly large ...
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Will these terminal commands allow me to backup my entire system?

I would like to backup my system in such a way that if I ever had to reinstall ubuntu I can very quickly return to my "old" setup. In other words, I would like to be able to recuperate all my files, ...
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nfdump schedule with cron

Hi I tried to generate nfdump file with crontab, but whatever the reason it dosent work my script #!/bin/bash nfdump -mR /home/user/test -zw /data/fnf1.dump this script itself works and all other ...
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Create a personalized installation stick (and backup)

I just installed xubuntu 14.04 on a new PC, along with all apllications I need. I'd like to know: 1) A reliable backup solution for ubuntu, something like Acronis for windows. 2) A way to create a ...
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What do I do after backing up my data (with Deja Dup)?

I know it may sound a bit hilarious,but what should I do with a backed up system in case I want to restore it? Can I store the files on an USB or optical disk and then simply reinstall my system..?
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Backing up Entire Ubuntu System to External Hard Drive with Windows Partition [duplicate]

I just used the windows backup utility to store a bootable image (I think..) to a 1TB external hard drive. Do I have to store the Ubuntu partition (backup) to a different sub directory in the hard ...
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Which files should I backup? [duplicate]

I would like to backup every important file on my computer such that in the event I lose all my data I can get my computer back to its "normal" state as fast as possible. I have a large hard drive ...
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Is it possible to create a bootable image of the current system and use it repair my system later?

I am trying to create a "rescue USB" of sorts. The plan is to back up (or clone) a current image of system (including all the packages and software that I have installed) on a 16 GB or a 32 GB USB ...