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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rsync is failing when trying to sync a big home folder

I try to copy a very big home folder (/home/myUser) to a new computer over network. Although I regularly use rsync its failing after copying 55 / 80GB with the error message rsync error: some ...
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Where does backup goes, & how much memory it takes?

I have an issue with Ubuntu 14.04, & I think that it's because of the backup storage! The issue is that the available storage in my home directory is getting small without using by the time. I ...
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Running a Perl script as cronjob is not working while manual starting does the job

I have 3 cronjob entries (crontab -l) the first entry is a Perl script what creates a LVM backup of a virtual machine and the other two are just sh files performing mysqldump. Well however, I edited ...
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Restore not working

I'm new to Linux- (trying to leave Windows 10 with my customers and seeking alternatives besides iOS) I have been working with Ubuntu for 4 months and have spread it to my first customers, but ...
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How do I backup and restore all programs and settings without Clonezilla etc

I use things like Chrome (with 6 profiles), Steam, Xampp and bunch of Gnome Extensions. I tried Aptik and Duplicity, neither was able to restore my software or settings, only Home folder. I do ...
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What is the easiest way to re-install full system from a backup in my case?

I'm aware of a zillion way to create a full system backup/disk image etc. But to me it's unclear as to how to use it after hard disk failure (or it's being stolen etc.). I've got a dual-boot (w/ GRUB ...
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Backing up Ubuntu to a Windows NAS

I have spent hours trying to replicate the function of Cobian Backup (Windows only) on Linux (Xubuntu): basically to schedule backups of certain folders to an external hard drive attached to a router (...
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Synchronization schedule

I have two computers connected to the same home network. I would like to synchronize certain folders between the two. In the past I already used unison for this purpose and I think this could be a ...
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Backup files before upgrade from Ubuntu 13.04 to 14.04 [duplicate]

am using ubuntu 13.04 and I would like to install ubuntu 14.04, how can I backup my old data files and programs in order to restore it in the new version ? Thank you
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Autobackup VMS when a specific hard drive is connected

I am looking for clues to make such a thing happen: when a specific drive is connected to my computer (Ubuntu Unity) I want to automatically backup my VM images if current backups are older than 2 ...
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What is for Ubuntu phones the equivalent to booting from a live USB?

Is there a feasible method to boot Ubuntu Touch - on a bq E5 - to bootfrom the mmc card or a USB device ? I am searching for the equivalent to similar methods of desktop Linux, in order to: - copy/...
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Want to test kernel 4.4 - How to backup whole system?

Sup, Im running 15.10 and my touchpad isnt working; I was advised to test kernel 4.4 to fix it. In case something fails (which happened under 14.04.3), I want to recover the whole system as it is now....
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Dual Boot Backup Strategy - Straight Clone

I hope I'm asking this in the right place. Let me know if I'm not and I'll move it. For backup purposes, I've used Clonezilla to clone my laptop's dual boot HD (Windows7/Ubuntu 14.04) to an external ...
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Cloning multiple partitions in Ubuntu

I am attempting to clone multiple partitions with either Clonezilla or dd without cloning the whole drive which consists of: 1 - a boot partition 2 - a home partition Seen below is the original ...
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Ubuntu Upgrade Doubt on Backup/Restore

I am running Ubuntu 15.10, 32 bits right now and I have its backup. I later plan to do a fresh install of ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64 bits later this April. Now, will I be able to successfully restore my ...
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Is There a “Contacts” App for Complex Contacts?

Is There a "Contacts" App for Complex Contacts for my bq E5 Ubuntu phone? I am having problems with contacts containing often lengthy Notes. One could expect that, as while adding a new contact in ...
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Using Ubuntu computer as MAC server for itunes and pictures

So I have an Ubuntu desktop machine with 14 installed. We have one macbook air with a small SS HD (not enough space). I have one Win10 laptop that i got mostly for our updating a security device but ...
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Ubuntu to have multiple clones on one external drive

I recently backed up my entire Ubuntu 64bit 14.04 operating system using Clonezilla onto an exteranl hard drive, and wish to make a second clone, as my system has been updated. I want to keep both ...
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How to create Remastersys backup over 4GB on 14.04 or newer

I've been scouring google for help on this seemingly simple task and did not find anything comparable. I decided to tackle it myself and found a very simple solution. Everyone says the limit is the ...
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Using Ubuntu Live CD to create disk image?

My Windows laptop (ThinkPad W520) has issues. Windows cannot repair itself. I have used a USB adapter to verify that the HDD is fine and also managed to boot it up using an Ubuntu Live disk. I want to ...
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rsync not setting the correct UID and GID on destination files

I am testing whether I use the correct options on rsync because I want to copy a large amount of files from my old server to the new server keeping exact permissions. On the old server, the file ...
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Configuring a NAS for Ubuntu and Windows

Within the last month I moved from a Windows to Ubuntu laptop. For my Window(s) computers (wife and mine) I was using 3rd Party backup/sync service, but with a Linux computer they want about 3x the $$...
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How to make silent backups when plugging in a USB disk and when using Back In Time

Actually, I already answered that question, though I don't know if the answer is a good one. So what do you think about this: Task: let the computer start a backup using Back In Time (BIT) as ...
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how to recover old photos and videos

I was using Windows 7 (pirated version). My photos were lost when I installed Ubuntu. Now only one disk, no partition, while loading ubuntu I never formatted. Now, can I get my older photos and videos ...
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Is there a possibility to export/backup the settings of PCmanFM in Lubuntu?

I add a lot of shortcuts to my file manager pcmanfm, I am referring to the shortcuts in the left panel of the window, and would like to backup those.
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blurry screen after restoring from vm backup in a physical machine using deja dup

I want to restore the backup from my vmware ubuntu14.04(the whole / directory) to a physical machine using deja dup. After I clicked 'Restore' button for a while, the files from my vmware ubuntu ...
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How to get backup and restore the software from a unbootable hard drive [closed]

I have an Ubuntu partition that is unbootable although still mountable, and I'd like to create a newly installed system with the exact same packages as this system. The way to restore the list of ...
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How to automatically “live” synchronize a single file in one direction

How can I use a script to automatically and immediately update the backup of a single file?
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Help, ubuntu server 14.04 crontab cannot run my database backup script, but other simple script is ok

Hi All Ubuntu Server Experts I need help in cracking this crontab problem. So, I made a change in /etc/crontab to run a system script for database backup purpose. The crontab does not seems to run my ...
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Rsync exclude list bug

I have a script (cron job) that contains this line: rsync -avr --max-size=1G --exclude-from="${HOME}/.folder/exclude-list.txt" $HOME "${TARGET}/folder/" The exclude-list.txt contains these lines: /...
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Types and software to backup

Which the best software to use for make backup complete of my data? I prefer the program if run in the terminal and allow backup through network, internal networking. I don't know must about backup ...
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LVM restore wrong meta file?

I added the wrong file instead-of original file. vgcfgrestore -f /tmp/vg00.backup /dev/rdsk/c0t4d0 But i did vgcfgrestore -f /tmp/vg01.backup /dev/rdsk/c0t4d0 Now my volume shows volumes in ...
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Datafiles in Thunderbird Mail for backup/export [duplicate]

I am a novice user of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (64-bit) using kernel 3.19.0.42-generic. I have had multiple problems with older kernels - probably of my own making! I was unable to login with these older ...
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How to put a cloned image to another HDD [closed]

My question is simple =) I am making a clone image using dd on the terminal on my Ubuntu system. I am saving it on external hdd. Now how do I upload that image to my 1 TB HDD thats in my tower. Also ...
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Cronjob permission denied (Nightly backup shell script)

I am trying to create a shell script to make a backup every night using tar. The error I get is: From shady@wserver1 Wed Dec 30 04:01:01 2015 Return-Path: <shady@wserver1> X-Original-To: ...
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Automated Backup for Bare Metal Restore

Complete Linux newbie here! Got my first Ubuntu 15.10 box (for running Ubiquiti Controller and Video NVR). I'd like to setup an automated daily (incremental) backup for bare metal restore in case of ...
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Automated backup script no longer running after upgrading to 14.04.3

I have a backup script that flawlessly backed up my system on an hourly basis, until I upgraded to Xubuntu 14.04 from Xununtu 12.04. I did not initially notice, since I just assumed it would keep ...
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Booting to a black screen after system update / USB drive not recognized

Since a recent system update (about a week ago) I cannot boot Lubuntu anymore. I'm using a ten years old Eee PC. After the "Lubuntu" sign disappears, all I get is a black screen (the LEDs are working, ...
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Ubuntu 15.10 system rescue on Busy Box after botched Deja-Dup backup attempt

Merry Christmas! I received an external hard drive for Christmas and attempted a backup of the Home directory of my Linux Ubuntu 15.10 system. Unfortunately I botched it and when I came back to the ...
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cp -u copies all files, not just newer ones

I'm sourceing script that says something like cp -vau /home/jordan/local-directory/ -t /media/jordan/A368-480F/BACKUP/ , and that's it. A368-480F/ is the directory that appears when I plug my USB ...
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Remind user of a backup task, for example once a week (Bonus: on shutdown)

I am looking for a kind of cron task that remindes (on my Xubuntu desktop) me once per week to do a backup (which is a rsnapshot shell script which should be started in a terminal to see the progress)....
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Backup and restore whole system with TAR issue

This happened a few times. So I am curious why. For some purpose, I did tar cf /backup/os.tar / --one-file-system. Then booted into rescue system and remade root filesystem. Then tar xf /backup/os....
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Trouble with Deja Dup Restore

I'm trying to restore from a Deja Dup backup. My original system was Zorin 9, but when disk fried I moved to Ubuntu 14 installed on fresh disk. I don't think this is causing any problems, platform is ...
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Removing duplicate directories

I'm backing up some files from my wife's computer (iMac) to my file server (Ubuntu). I'm using an external drive to which I've previously copied some of the files but I've since decided to use rsync. ...
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rsync not working, /media/* not working in terminal

I've been using rsync --recursive --times --delete --log-file=/media/Data/Log.txt /media/Data/Documents/ /media/Backup/Documents2 rsync --recursive --times --delete --log-file=/media/Data/Log.txt /...
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Easy way to create fallback installation of my system? [duplicate]

my current installation has lots of nice daemons installed/configured, Plugins for Firefox, nice packages installed. I guess sooner or later I will trash my installation somehow. I want to back up my ...
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Difference b/w Ubuntu backup and clonezilla

I have never backed up using Ubuntu backup. The two backups I have tried is Time Machine(Apple) and CloneZilla(Linux, Windows). I am not sure does Ubuntu create a clone of my hard disk like the other ...
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Evernote: script that can incrementally download full db where note = file?

Is there any script to incrementally download my Evernote database in plaintext? I need to have not one big file but many files (with attachments) - I want to use cron for everyday backup to git and ...
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How to create a log of an rsync transfer on the remote server?

I have a lovely functional bash script, which uses rsync to create a backup on a remote server, utilising key-based authentication. It uses a standalone rsync command, rather than having to set up ...
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Backup ubuntu packages

I have Ubuntu 14.04 installed on my system, and I want to upgrade to Ubuntu 15.10. I want to backup the packages and list of added repositories. I made a déjà dup backup but I don't know if it backs ...