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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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 ...
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Back up a 12.04 system, then upgrade to 13.04 using a liveusb, then restore backup to regain files. Does that work?

i'm getting ready to upgrade my 12.04 install to 13.04, but i have seriously personalized my system with external PPAs, Ubuntu Tweak, and the like. I backed up my system with Deja-Dup, and I was ...
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Backup Server docs and sql files with Grive

Has anyone ever used Grive for Ubuntu Server backs up to Google Drive? How safe would this be? (Not sure if my "anti-google" boss would like it too much but still)
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ubuntu one deja dup space limit reached

I've a problem with my deja dup and backup to ubuntu one. The space limit is reached and I read the Clearing out Deja-Dup backups from my Ubuntu One cloud? and folowed the steps 1 to 5. But I didn't ...
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Deja Dup gets stuck on “Preparing…” or “Reading…” (when backing up)

A week ago, I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 (with deja-dup 27.3.1-0ubuntu1). Since then, Deja Dup hasn't been able to complete any backups. It goes through Preparing, and in the beginning, it managed to ...
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Déjà Dup backup to Ubuntu One fails with the error “backup location too small”, but only 1.9 GB has been used in my backups on Ubuntu one

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 using Déjà Dup backup to Ubuntu one with the free 5 GB storage, it has suddenly started failing with the error "backup location too small". But when I checked my backups on ...
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Why can't I restore from backup files

I was using ubuntu 12.4 and made a back up of all my files (on a portable HD) using the system backup utility. I have made a clean install of ubuntu 13.04 and now want to restore my data. Te backup ...
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recover lost partiton table

Wanted to add 100 mb music file to my external drive which i am using as a backup drive for important data. When the transfer was over i hit the safe remove option. Then new dialog appears saying the ...
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remounting as read/write — will I lose my data?

I need root access to install a file, but I seem to have forgotten my pw. To change it, it appears I will need to enter GRUB and remount / as read/write as suggested here. I just want to know if I ...
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backup files Ubuntu 12.04

I had a installation of Ubuntu 12.04 that I could not get to function so I loaded another copy of it in a different partition. In the process I chose to back up the file in the previous version. The ...
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Retrieving Backed-Up files from Ubuntu 1 on different machine

I used deja-dup to back up a number of directories (containing scripts, images, data files etc.) from my work machine onto my work Ubuntu 1 account (a series of .sigtar.gz and .difftar.gz files). I'm ...
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WILL I LOOSE MY DATA STORED IN A DIFFERENT PARTITION TO THE ONE THAT I WILL INSTALL UBUNTU 12.04? [duplicate]

I want to install Ubuntu 12.04 in my laptop replacing my existing windows 8 PRO (am not affected by the UEFI since my laptop was a Windows 7 intial laptop). However I have several partitions in my ...
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Used multiple encryption passwords, how to restore?

I'm not able to restore my deja dup backups because I used multiple passwords during encryption. The backups are stored on a local drive. Here's the output I got after trying duplicity: duplicity ...
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How to set up a very secure file server for home backup that is not available to the internet?

I am trying to setup a home backup machine running ubuntu. I want to be able to rsync from other linux machines and possibly from windows 7 (the windows part is not essential). I have read lots of ...
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Syncronizing filesystems. Replicating changes in local HD to removable HD and viceversa

I have a removable hard-drive where I keep a backup of most of my files, and while I can solve some little issue I also keep a copy of some directories in both Ubuntu and Windows partitions. After ...
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Ubuntu backup asks for encryption password repeatedly

I recently had to install a fresh Ubuntu. I have automatic backups of my old Ubuntu. I do not wish to restore to my old state. I just need to get back specific folders containing some pdfs and doc ...
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How do I install the kernel 3-11.2 on Ubuntu 13.04? [duplicate]

I would like to install kernel 3-11.2 on Ubuntu 13.04 (I found this link git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.11.y ). How do I manage to do it ?Also, is it ...
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Is it possible to backup an ubuntu computer (ext4) to a windows PC (ntfs)?

I've a clonezilla boot disk and I haven't tried samba options there yet (I might mess it up!). Will I need a static IP to be set on the windows PC, Should be there be shared folder or something of the ...
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How to backup files from one ubuntu machine to a shared NTFS drive on another ubuntu machine

I'm dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 on my desktop machine which has a large NTFS hard drive I'd like to use to backup files from 2 laptops. One runs only Ubuntu 12.04 and the other only ...
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How can I backup my Windows partition?

I dropped my laptop. The hard drive is now dead - we think; but more may be wrong with the laptop and that's what we are assuming. It is responding, but with long delays and issues. With this in ...
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How to back up all the data software in ubuntu? [duplicate]

I tried installing windows alongside ubuntu. But It's impossible process with uefi . So the thing I want to do is. Delete all partition and install windows. than re-install ubuntu 13.04. Now the ...
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Deja Dup Backup: Limit Drive Space Usage and Force Full Backups Only

Good day, I have configured Deja Dup to backup my home folder and a couple other locations to a folder on a spare drive of mine, /media/backupDrive/myBackups. I have made some minor changes to GnuPG, ...
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Deja Dup - Recovering Backup File for Encrypted Archive

I have setup my Deja Dup backup job to use AES256, as noted in this previous question below: How can I make Deja Dup use AES 256 as the encryption algorithm? My Concern is as follows: If I copy ...
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Automated Backups + Encryption

I have set up my Ubuntu 12.04LTS machine as a Subversion server. I have a cloud-based backup system which routinely backs up files of mine (CrashPlan) to an online server, as well as to a backup NAS ...
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How to back up Ubuntu 12.04

Now that Remastersys is no longer available in the repos, what is the best to use for making a complete backup (hopefully available in Software Center) for Ubuntu 12.04 64bit? I have been told ...
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deja-dup fails on dodgy wifi connection?

My wife's 13.10 laptop doesn't get the best wireless signal. I have it set to run deja-dup using FTP to a local storage server. When a backup starts, it begins to do the backup, and then gets stuck ...
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Restore partition from entire hdd image

I backed up my hdd using # dd if=/dev/sda bs=8M | gzip -9 > "/media/[...]/sda.gz" and have this additional information: # fdisk -lu Platte /dev/sda: 500.1 GByte, 500107862016 Byte 255 Köpfe, ...
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Data Backup to install Ubuntu

I am currently using Windows 8 on my laptop. I used to have a desktop with Windows XP on it but somehow it's not booting up. I have an internal HDD on the desktop which contains lots of free space. I ...
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mounting logical volume from .img containing a luks encrypted volume group

I'm having some trouble restoring a back-up I made of a encrypted filesystem. The back-up is a .img file containing a single disc partition. This partition is a luks container in which a logical ...
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How can I backup my pre-installed Windows 8 before I install ubuntu?

I'm really new to Ubuntu, and I want to install it (Ubuntu 13.04) alongside my Windows 8 pre-installed laptop (Toshiba L850/046). I wanna be able to pick between the two at startup, because as much as ...
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Backing up to two locations at the same time?

I'm using deja-dup to create backups of my documents, but it won't let me backup to two places at once. The backup button is greyed out. Is there any way to do this?
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Why can Déjà Dup not complete the backup of ./cache/dconf and .gvfs?

I'm 24hrs, or there about into using Déjà Dup. All seems well apart from this error message: Backup Finished Could not back up the following files. Please make sure you are able to open ...
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Difftar archive not supported

How do I open difftar files? When I try to extract them I get the error 'archive type not supported'
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saving a large file across multiple DVDs

Do any of the dvd writers give the user an opportunity to use additional DVDs until the project being backed up is completed.
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Deja-dup failing to restore

I'm using 13.04 and made a full back up using Deja-dup onto and external hard drive. Deja-dup always verified the back-ups. When I try to restore through Deja-dup I get a message which I have posted ...
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Automatic deletion of old backups in Sublime Text

Using the disk analyzer to clean some garbage I found some (automatically made?) backups. At least I hadn't installed any backup package, so I suppose it must be safe to get rid of the older ones. How ...
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What's the best way to backup files?

I have a lot of personal files, which I'd like to backup, however I don't want to just copy & paste all the time from one drive to another. Is there a better way of doing this? I have been told ...
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Can a Deja Dup backup from Ubuntu be restored on Windows?

My laptop got broken recently (I had Ubuntu on it), and I've backups of my files on external HDD. The problem is that my new laptop has Windows 8 on it and I don't feel like switching to Ubuntu on it ...
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help cannot change inotify watch number because file cant be over written

so I'm trying to start using lsyncd for a more up to date backup system. the problem that i have run into is that the directory that i have to backup contains more than 250,000 items and i would like ...
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Problem excluding subdirectories after including their parent in Duplicity

I am backing up with something very similar to the below: /usr/bin/duplicity (irrelevant options) \ --include /home/me \ --exclude /home/me/example \ ssh://remote/backupjar The problem I have ...
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Can i backup Ubuntu Windows Installation?

I have Ubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso and wanted to install it within Windows. I found out the Ubuntu recognized my wireless device without even installing any drivers, which i didn't see in Linux ...
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Can't login after restoring backup with TAR

I created backup of ~/. with TAR by the command-line. I excluded folders like /proc, /sys etc. But I included the /home folder because there are some important configuration files for settings of ...
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How to make iso image of current logged in system to use it as future installation media [duplicate]

I have just installed Ubuntu 13.04 and due to installation of faulty media and different programs, my ubuntu crashed more than 7 times in last 3 days, Nvidia was the leading cause in 7 failure, and ...
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Safe to exclude ~/.local/share/zeitgeist in a home folder backup?

Ubuntu 13.04. I am configuring a home folder backup using Ubuntu's built-in backup function and Ubuntu One as the destination. My home folder is fairly large, and I'm looking for folders that I ...
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How to make external USB harddrive mount properly for backup script with udisks2

I'm running Kubuntu 12.04 with KDE 4.11.1. I have a 2TB hard drive mounted in an external USB enclosure. The drive label is Backup. The drive is not automatically mounted when I boot. There are two ...
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How to move Ubuntu from one disk to another while keeping windows (using clonezilla?)

My current system drive is shared with windows and is running out of space. I have lots of programs installed and settings made in my Ubuntu system so I would really like to not have to re-install and ...