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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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?
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Shell script backup routers

Below is a script I've wrote to backup my routers and adsl modem, Any ideas to compact this script in less lines? Each router have a different kind of structure as you can see. #!/bin/sh ...
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Replacing Windows and trying to figure out how to backup old files on Ubuntu

I'm using Windows Vista, however, the OS had numerous problems so I decided to fix it with the installation disc. Yet, I can't seem to find it so I'm planning to use Ubuntu as the OS and backup the ...
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Do I have to backup the boot partition table with partimage in order to make a full backup?

I am new to Linux and quite often break it. Now with Partimage and the RescueCD of it, i dumped my linux file system partition on sda2 to sda4 partition. In the install process of LInux mint, I ...
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Best backup software for ubuntu [duplicate]

I need a backup software for Ubuntu 14.04 that has a GUI that can backup my entire system to an external hard drive or network drive. Any recommendations?
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deja-dup ssh method doesn't work - writes locally instead

After years of rsync, I'm giving deja-dup a try. Not so successful, so far: Every attempt to have it write its backup via ssh results in a local directory tree opened at the directory where the ...
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Backup during Ubuntu upgrade

I want to upgrade my ubuntu from 13.10 to 14.04. Is it possible and safe to backup my HOME folder in different disk partition in the same system and restore it later, after upgrading my os?
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how can I take lxc container backup

I want to take lxc container backup. We have server with 12.04 LTS ubuntu server and I have installed LXC - 1.0.0.alpha2 in it. I wanted to update our ubuntu server to 14.04 LTS. So what I want to do ...
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trouble with aptoncd backup

can I backup softwares installed using Ubuntu Software Center using aptoncd? I have installed all my aps using USC. They are not listed in aptoncd list.
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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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What is the steps should I take to install Spideroak on a multi user (or not) system?

I would really like to install Spideroak to try as a U1 replacement. I am having a hard time finding a definitive guide to do so. Is there such a guide, or could someone go though the process step by ...
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Track file and folder name changes

I'm successfully running a remote backup of a small server over the internet using rsync. However, the process can be lengthy if the following happens. Let's say a large directory has had its name ...
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Are there people know how to copy the all of data in root to normal user below /home

I use the root for a period of times,Now,I log on the normal user I created before,which environment is not as same as root. Are there people know how to copy the all of data in root to normal user ...
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How to backup drivers?

I just wanted to know if there any very easy way to backup and restore drivers just like system restore in Windows system? I don't want to revert back to original factory settings state. Just wanted ...
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How do I backup system to a different partition on the same drive?

I am a linux newbie, tech oldie. I am setting up a system with Lubuntu 14.04. Although, when I ran the installation I created two partitions -- 1/2 for quickie backups and 1/2 for the installed ...
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Installing 14.04 (64bit) and restoring certain config files from 12.04 (32bit)

I currently have a 12.04 LTS (32bit) installed alongside Windows. I've also set-up virtualbox inside my current Ubuntu installation. Well, I know that a simple sudo update-manager -d will get me ...
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I want to backup my entire Ubuntu system

The following table illustrate my partition Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 63 83891429 41945683+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT /dev/sda2 ...
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How do I Install Retrospect backup client on 14.04?

Retrospect Backup client require 32-bit libraries. On the 12.04 LTS I would install ia32-libs. That is no longer an available package and it appears that I must determine more precisely what libraries ...
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upgrade ubuntu server from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS

Right now I have ubuntu server 12.04 LTS. This server is important for our production, so I need to update server to 14.04 LTS carefully. I did setup LXC containers and each container have their own ...
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copying my backup files

I've made a backup.tgz file of all my work, which is now in the root directory. Can someone tell me the best way to copy it to an external hard drive? I'm guessing move it to the desktop, mount the ...
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Preventing Déjà Dup from attempting a backup when out of my network

I’ve set Déjà Dup to back up daily to my home network’s Synology NAS (by WebDAV, if you’re curious). The problem is that my laptop comes with me to many places. My laptop does not seem to realise ...
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How can I backup only certain folders using Deja Dup?

I want to backup only my Documents Folder and not my complete home folder. I tried doing so by including the Documents folder in " Folders to save" while adding all others to " Folders To Ignore" but ...
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How to backup all the data of my Ubuntu system?

I am currently using the remastersys to backup my Ubuntu system, but at the end it tells me the following error: The compressed filesystem is larger than genisoimage allows for a single file. You ...
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Manage Snapshots

So Ubuntu supports LVM. This in turn supports creating and restoring snapshots of the hard drive. Coming from Windows, this is a highly useful feature for restoring the system to a previous point (In ...
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How to know how dejadup calls duplicity?

I would like to know how dejadup calls duplicity (like which shell command with args) when ask to create a backup. I really like dejadup, but I would like to make a more flexible script by directly ...
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Why is dd creating an enormous file when I try to create a backup disk image?

I've been trying to get CUDA to work on my system and in the process of messing with nvidia drivers I have broken ubuntu badly enough that I've had to reformat my drive partition multiple times. I've ...
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Restoring clonezilla images - cat | gzip | partclone not working!

I am trying to restore an image that was taken with clonezilla. It was taken from a Windows 7 machine and was broken up into multiple files of the following format.. sda1.ntfs-ptcl-img.gz.a* (where * ...
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backup from 13.10 fails to restore in 14.04

I had 13.10 and I did a backup with deja-dup of my music, videos, and document folders and saved it to an external drive. I then wiped my drive clean and ran a fresh install with 14.04 now when I try ...
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Disk image without wasting space

I own a single 12.04 LTS dedicated server hosted somewhere in the world by a private company. I have spent some time setting it up (web, DNS and mail services) and securing it. Now that I am satisfied ...
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Remastersys Alternative

I was using remastersys on 12.04 to backup all my programs and settings and in that way, i was able to install it on many systems. Now I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and I added Precise deb PPA to software ...
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System backup for testing new apps/settings

I am new to linux, and have been installing ubuntu again and again because I mess up something while trying different set-ups. I would like to have an incremental snapshot of my system so that I can ...
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Deja Vu wont restore backup

I have a problem when I try to restore a backup from an external hard drive. Deja Vu wont accept the password, it'll just keep prompting me for the password again and again, I'm absolutely sure that ...
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Correct steps to mount an internal backup harddrive

Sorry if this is covered elsewhere, I'm really hoping to get this right first time rather than lose backup information. I installed Ubuntu 14.04 Final Beta a few days back - during the install, there ...
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Incremental Backups using DejaDup to Cloud like Dropbox, Gdrive on 14.04

I'd like to have an incremental backup of a synced folder into a cloud service using DejaDup. The same thing I used to do with UbuntuOne that now is no more available. I'd like to use free cloud ...
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Deja Dup gives “Invalid or incomplete multibyte or wide character” when attempting to restore from backup

I've been backing up weekly with Deja Dup in 13.10. After making a fresh backup, I formatted the drive and installed the Ubuntu 14.04 beta. Now, when attempting to restore, Deja Dup asks twice for ...
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How to change cloud location in deja-dup?

I have recently created an account in surdoc cloud(its a free account). I want to backup my home pc data to surdoc cloud using deja-dup backup. Can anyone tell me what changes should I make to ...
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What backup solution allows for the easiest migration and restore of machines, even if they're restored from a VM or bare metal and vice versa?

I manage a lot of Ubuntu machines, many physical, many virtual. Backup as a general concept is pretty simple, but backup of entire systems tends to get murky. I'm familiar with virt-p2v, but that ...