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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Are there any issues with backing up Ubuntu running on an internal SSD drive to an internal HDD?

I'm configuring a new Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 LTS machine and will be using a Samsung 512 GB SDD in my first internal hard drive bay. I've got a couple extra 500 GB HDD's that I don't want to waste, plus ...
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Restoring a Backup from Terminal

So I have a pretty straightforward question, but have been unable to find a straightforward answer. I recently did an update on Ubuntu 14.04 and I shut down at the end of the night last night. But ...
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How to create daily offsite backups of a server, prepared on the server then pushed/pulled offsite?

after some weeks of trials, configurations, setups and reading of tuts and howto's i finally got my server working with some services, (email server, music streaming) etc. During my attempts I also ...
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Is there any way to get daily,weekly & monthly autobackups of mongodb running in ubuntu14.04?

Is there any way to get daily,weekly & monthly autobackups of mongodb running in ubuntu14.04 ?
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Rsync with special character files not working between Mac and Linux

I want to use rsync to backup my Ubuntu server with a disk residing on a Mac. But I do not get it to work properly, since every time I re-run the rsync operation after the initial time, the files with ...
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External HDD not mounted error for backup with LuckyBackup

I've come across LuckyBackup to make regular backups on a external drive. I've tried in Ubuntu 12.04 and has run fine saving files to the external hdd. But when I try ty the same in 14.04 it gives ...
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Rsync between Ubuntu and Mac: how to get the iconv option to work

I usually backup between two Ubuntu machines, but I now want to use rsync to backup my Ubuntu server with a disk residing on a Mac. But I do not get it to work properly. The first time all is well, ...
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Best Backup System for Ubuntu [duplicate]

Is Clonezilla the best backup system for Ubuntu 12.04.5? And if so, what do I need to do to download it...ie: Do I need to partition files? If so, how to do this. Thanks.
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Can't tell if I backed-up my computer successfully

After hours of moving between two computers to reformat a hard-drive to even open properly on my computer (It is currently formatted as NTFS) I finally had some progress. Using Backup, I did... ...
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File swipped away after power faliure

We are bunch of guys (9) working on a project. All of us save our files to a single computer which has windows share enabled on the project folder. There is a problem of power cut out in our place and ...
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How can i start another operating system from within the ubuntu live cd?

I'm in a situation where i want to test various backup scripts for a remote vbox or vmware VM. For that I'm going to use an improvised 'pre-boot' environment for the guest machine made from a ...
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Installing ubuntu and drives partitioning [duplicate]

I am shortly switching to ubuntu forever. I want to erase windows 7 and run my laptop on ubuntu. I have acer aspire 4736z laptop with intel t4400 processor, 3 gb ram, 320 gb disk. Is 64 bit system ...
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How can I prevent configuration changes to a specific user account?

Edit: Just to be clear, this isn't going to be a web kiosk. The user will be able to run more programs than just a browser. At very least, some text editor and a few other programs which are already ...
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Wildcards in exclude-filelist for duplicity

I am trying to exclude a "bulk" folder in each home directory from the backup. For this purpose, I have a line - /data/home/*/bulk in my exclude-filelist file. However, this doesn't seem to be ...
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Trying to sync live data to a backup server

I'd like to take the data from the live system to a backup system (to test new features etc) Piecing together an rsync command, I have the following. How do I ensure everything is copied? Things ...
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thunderbird mail contacts backup

Do you know how I can back up my address book in Thunderbird mail. I want to be able to make a back up of my address book in case my computer crashes and I loose all my email contacts. I have managed ...
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How do I open deja-dup during a current backup?

I've got deja-dup doing regular backups and today it began one in the background. This will take a few hours and I want to pause it. Unfortunately, when I try to do so, the usual backup window that ...
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Fixing permissions of backup files that I don't have -r or -w access to - but still denied access

I've always used rsync to backup all my files to an external drive. Now after having formatted my hard disk and reinstalled Linux, I wanted to copy the backup files to my hard disk. The problem is ...
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JBOD and Redundant Storage Pooling for Backups

I would like to add some redundancy for backups such that if one or two of the disks fail I can recover the data. I have a MythTV server with 5 disks (all XFS) where the sizes currently range from ...
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How to burn my original ubuntu on a DVD

i need to install windows 8.1 with Ubuntu (dual boot) but i can't because there's only one partition so i need to remove Ubuntu to delete the existing partition and make new ones.
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Ubuntu backup error backup location is too small, help please

I'm running ubuntu 14.04 from USB stick and using the default backup (a deja dup GUI I believe) to backup my windows 8 drive from my tablet to my desktop PC (windows 7). I have managed to get as far ...
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How would I use tar for full backup and restore with system on SSD and home on HDD?

How would I use tar for full backup and restore with system on SSD and home on HDD? The existing backup and restore answers don't seem to cover the case where root and home are on separate devices
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Slow read/write to harddrive after backup?

Here's the story; I decided to make a backup of some files from an internal hard drive to an external, about 100GB, at something like 5mb each. This started off fine, predicted time at 2/3 hours. ...
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Recover data from crashed mac hard-drive from Ubuntu live CD

I've seen this question already posted but it didn't work for me. I have and old iMac from mid 2007 (iMac 7,1 if I'm not wrong). I made a backup of my iphone on itunes and then I made a complete ...
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How to create laptop backups that can be restored to a bootable virtual machine

Is there some way to configure Déjà Dup to create backups of a laptop to a server, such that the the most recent backup can be restored directly to (a bootable) virtual machine if the laptop is lost ...
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Déjà Dup won't back up ~/.config/nautilus-actions

I'm a mostly-noob with Ubuntu. Running 14.04 LTS 64-bit. I use Déjà Dup to backup my entire Home folder, daily, to an external 32GB SanDisk USB flash drive. But after every backup, Déjà Dup tells ...
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Xubuntu 14 backup and reinstall or make /home folder

I am dual-booting win8 and xubuntu 14, but I only gave xubuntu 30gb space and decided to make it my primary os now. I shrinked my windows volume and managed to free up around 300gb space.Now I would ...
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Why does backup fail with permission denied (in /var/backups)? [closed]

My backup fails and shows this message: Permission denied when trying to create ‘/var/backups/duplicity-full.20140907T165614Z.vol1.difftar.gpg’ How do I remedy this?
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“Syntax error: Unterminated quoted string”

I am trying to use a backup script that will backup my sql database and website files. I am running Ubuntu 12.04 32 bit version and zPanel. Here is what my DB structure is along with which DB I want ...
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Why is this rsync + ssh cron job giving me 'Permission denied (publickey)' errors?

I make frequent backups to a local drive which I want to sync daily to a remote server. The target server is configured for SSH key (no password) access only. Since my primary SSH key for that server ...
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How to: Make a “restore point” in Ubuntu, in case I break something? [duplicate]

How can i make a snapshot, a "restore point" in Ubuntu for when im about to try something I think is clever but turns out to be a "oh crap, not again" ?
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How to backup and restore sources when upgrading to a newer version?

If I copy/paste the /etc/apt dir or just sources.list for that matter to a newer version, I will still have sources named for the old version (saucy for axample) which is not right. For example: deb ...
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restoring 12.04 backup on 14.04 fresh installation

I have a dedicated server running 12.04. The hardware configuration is not strong enough and I want to upgrade to better hardware. Unfortunately the new dedicated server is only compatible with 14.04. ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Server with RAID 1 and Windows 7 for file backup

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 Server with RAID 1 with 250GB (2 x 250GB). And, on my notebook, I have Windows 7. Ubuntu Server shows up on my notebook but won't copy/move any of my files that I want to ...
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Creating a repo with git( or any version control)

I have all my code/projects as repos in github. I use git a lot, I do have few projects which I cannot push to github at the same time, I want to keep a backup on my External Hard drive, is there any ...
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accidently overwritten the ~/.bashrc file

while testing some commands I cleared the content of the ~/.bashrc file and i don't have a backup from it is it enough to copy from /etc/skel/.bashrc to login normally the next time or i may face ...
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backing up and restore drivers

i use a old dell inspiron ubuntu doesn't come with my wireless driver by default it does recognize the ethernet connection and used to downland wireless driver using cable connection . but now i dont ...
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Overwrite an existing directory?

I have a directory name foo located in ~/Desktop. Suppose I want to create a directory from a terminal with same name and in the same location. When I tried mkdir it gave an error: mkdir: cannot ...
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How to prepare Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to upgrade 14.04

I want to upgrade my Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04 but I always fear losing my data. I never upgrade an Linux`s distro before, actually, this is about one year I am using it. So I don't know how actually ...
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Can I restore a backup on a different computer than it was made?

I am using the default backup software for Ubuntu 14.04(deja dup). It backs up weekly to a network location. I'm about to put a new hard drive in my laptop, and I would rather just install ubuntu and ...
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list all manually created files or files with a high 'user information input entropy'

Classically Linux consists of many files being libraries, executables, configuration and documents. The general idea is that such files are just bytes and can all be considered similarly. However, ...
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Lost OS after backup of data files to external disk

Dual boot Win7 and Ubuntu 12.04 on a Fujitsu laptop I was attempting to back up my Ubuntu data files only to a WD portable HDD. My previous backup files had disappeared from a straight copy and paste ...
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Use Ubuntu network share for Apple TimeMachine backups?

I want to backup my Mac to a network drive mounted on my Ubuntu computer? How do I set this up?
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Errors when attempting to setup snapshot post LVM setup

I have been given assistance in setting up my LVM to be able to use snapshot in a previous ubuntu thread though at this point I just cannot figure out how to get my snapshot setup so that I could feel ...
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Backup function

I am attempting to make a function that you provide it a file name, it then make a back up of the file and slaps on a time stamp to mark the file. Once it time stamps the file it prints out all files ...
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failure to restore backup from deja dup

I had ubuntu 12.04.1 and I made a backup with deja dup of the home folder in an external hard disk. Today I installed ubuntu 14.4 and erased the ubuntu 12.04.1. Now I'm trying to restore my back up. ...
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Need to know best way to utilize LVM to backup Ubuntu

So I've had issues with Windows which forced me to install and learn Ubuntu as I'm fed up with MSFT. So now I need to know the most efficient/best way to image Ubuntu so that if I messed something up ...
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How to backup the root-partition without the home partition [duplicate]

I'm looking for a terminal-command or maybe GUI-programm to backup my root-partition (on a running system) without the included home-folder(on extra partition). The whole disk is encrypted and also ...
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Remote rsnapshot failing with “Permission denied” error

I'm trying to set up remote backups with rsnapshot from my home server. I want my server to connect into my laptop and take backups over SSH.Everything is set up correctly and I can connect from my ...
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How do you Image Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04 installations for restoration?

I want to do a clean install of Ubuntu and then create an image that I can use to restore the system to a clean state after I've tested the installation and use of an app within Ubuntu. But all I'm ...