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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tar Exiting with failure status due to previous errors

I am trying to backup my Ubuntu workstation by the help of this guide and are running into trouble as the tar command outputs Exiting with failure status due to previous errors. Here's what I ...
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Cloud storage that works with rsnapshot?

I’ve started using rsnapshot as my backup system for my home PC. I really like the idea of hard links and how they are handled. But I can’t find the best workflow. Currently I keep my snapshots on the ...
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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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How to restore filesystem-backup made by rsync?

Running version 12.04, with Virtualmin/Webmin. I tried to remove all unnecessary linux-image files today, since the /boot partition was full. I followed a guide from Ask Ubuntu, but that resulted in ...
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How can i clone my current installation of ubuntu 13.04 amd64 with UEFI to make live image/CD

I want to create a liveCD of my current installed ubuntu 13.04 amd64 (UEFI Mode). So i get back all my installed packages in fresh ubuntu install. I read some other question but they are for older ...
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Backup fails, not enough space [closed]

I have Back Up set up to back up to my Ubuntu One account, but for some reason when it is backing up it tries and then gives me the error: Backup location is too small. Try using one with more ...
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Backup no longer working

Since upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10 backups no longer work (using the default Deja-Dup Backup tool). I always get the message: No space left in ‘/’. (which is NOT the path I backup to). The preferences ...
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How can I make rsync to switch to another harddrive automatically if space on the first one is full?

My problem is, how can I make rsync to switch to another harddrive automatically if space on the first one is full? Is there a simple way? Or even a way without using rsync?
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Cannot backup Evolution folders

After using Ubuntu since 5.04 I upgraded to 12.04 5 days ago . Then the .evolution folder showed only an empty Tasks folder. I need to save my mail folder contents (hundreds of emails) but only get ...
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Can't reset BackInTime snapshot path

I've been using BackInTime with Ubuntu 12.04. The disk I was saving to is no longer available. BackInTime insists that I bring it back. (It says "Can't find snapshots folder. If it is on a ...
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Backup all home folders on usb disk and accessibility

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and have multiple family members working on it with there own home folder. I have an USB disk and want to use it to backup my home folders. Trying this, I got some questions. ...
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How can I remove old Ubuntu backups?

I am running Unity on Ubuntu 12.04 and have started using the backup program. I can't find anywhere to manually remove old backups. I don't want to wait until the disk drive gets full, as it is ...
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How can I keep my wubi installation after formatting Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can re-use Ubuntu which was installed via Wubi on Windows 7? Well I need to format my Windows 7 PC with a wubi installation. Is there a way I can backup the virtual ...
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How do I copy an existing hard disc to a new one so I can boot off the new disc?

I currently have a failing hard drive which is the only hard drive in the machine. I have just bought a new hard drive to replace it, and my plan is to copy the contents of the old drive onto the new ...
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Script for an incremental file system backup

I'd like to run the following incomplete script weekly in as a cron job to backup my home directory to an external drive mounted as /mnt/backups #!/bin/bash # TIMEDATE=$(date +%b-%d-%Y-%k:%M) ...
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Firefox bookmarks in the ubuntu files system

I have accessed my crashed Ubuntu version via live usb trial. Where am supposed to find my former Firefox bookmarks and history files in order to copy and transfer them into a new installation?
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Disabling gedit backup files (filename~ tilde)

How can I get the following command to change for the root user as well? gsettings set org.gnome.gedit.preferences.editor create-backup-copy false This command should disable gedit backup files. ...
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What is the easiest, most effective backup system for Ubuntu Servers?

I'm trying to backup my /var/www/ folder, MySQL, and any other special documents like in the /etc/apache2/ folder. Does anyone have any solutions for backup software? Maybe something that's ...
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How to make an easy complete full backup, including all configurations?

I want to know how to backup entire applications and configurations of the system and applications, allowing me to exclude some directories. Must be GUI, bad at command-line (can be a script for ...
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Backup Android phone (HUAWEI Ascend P1) on Ubuntu

Is it possible to backup the android mobile phone when connected to ubuntu? I have looked trough and searched here, but couldn't find any answers to this question. I have just bought a android phone ...
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Restoring backup files from XP to Ubuntu

Since XP is no longer supported and I have no desire to enrich Mr. Gates any more by upgrading I have decided to take the plunge and run Ubuntu on my main home desktop. The goal here is to completely ...
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Restore with back in time after fresh install of ubuntu

I back up my home, which includes a list of installed softwares and PPA, on an external hard drive using back in time. I plan to do a fresh install of ubuntu. Will I then be able to install back in ...
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Text editor where unsaved files can be recovered after computer crash?

I use Text Editor to draft emails and other messages. Not files that I want to save, just drafts. Problem: When my computer crashes (happens often recently), I loose the drafts. Is there a text ...
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Is it possible to boot without mounting /home?

I want to backup my /home partition on /dev/sda6 using partclone, a command line utility. To do so, I first have to unmount the partition that I want to backup. Most of the time, this is easy, but ...
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File permissions change after copying to portable hard disk

I had copied a directory contain C language source code files and some shell scripts from my Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit laptop to a portable hard disk some time back. I had copied it under root login. Now, ...
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Can I restore applications settings from a back up of Ubuntu on a fresh install Lubuntu? (same machine)

And in general, I'm wondering if this is possible as I switch between Ubuntu derivatives? (or even Linux distro)
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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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root cron job not running

I am trying to configure automysqlbackup to run via a cronjob to backup my dbs nightly. When I execute sudo automysqlbackup from a terminal, the process executes as expected and creates the backup ...
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How can I backup Installed firefox add-ons and restore

I have downloaded and Installed several firefox add-ons and plugins. I like to be able to backup these add-ons, so that a new fresh installation does not require new Downloads. So my question is -- ...
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Software to Copy a scratched CD/DVD/Blueray to an ISO file

I have some optical discs that are sorely scratched. I've cleaned the discs, but they still have trouble reading. When trying ddrescue to backup the discs, it will read up to X bytes, and fail on all ...
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Back up from windows to ubuntu

I've recently installed Ubuntu along side of win7 on a netbook. I want to back up all my information from Windows, so I can switch to Ubuntu only. Any advice?
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Checklist for upgrading a very out of date install

Background: My last upgrade was from 9.04 to 9.10, and it did not go well. I lost a lot of my settings and spent way too much time reinstalling packages that I though I already had. Last April, I ...
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Backing up /home/user

I was thinking whether it is a good idea to backup of all directories starting with dot in my home folder, so that all settings can be restored if anything goes wrong. I just had an instance when I ...
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How do I exclude Windows during back up?

I am backing up Ubuntu and went to check out how it was going and noticed it was backing up my Windows too. How do I exclude Windows during backup? It says /host, so would I just do --exclude=/host? ...
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Is this SystemRestore available?

I saw something similar in Windows for Ubuntu at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SystemRestore. I was wondering if it has been available now? Thanks!
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Ubuntu Backup Solution to backup a networked mounted drive to the local disk, and with a gui

I'm running an internal network LAMP server on ubuntu 10.10. I have another ubuntu running on an older ppc g5 with a 640gb drive in it. I'd like to run some software on that G5 that does some snapshot ...
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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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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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How to restore missing calendar data from Lightning/Thunderbird

Today out of nowhere all my events and tasks disappeared from my Thunderbird. However, I have a full backup of .thunderbird folder. How can I restore my calendar data? I reverted these files to ...
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Easy way to install CrashPlan

Is there a .deb file, repo, PPA, or anything to install CrashPlan other than the non-standard install.sh file? I have fish as my shell, and I had to mess around a lot and finally use chsh first ...
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Files backup utility with incremental backups that would keep backup device clean

I've tested a few of backup utilities and still haven't found one that would satisfy me. Almost every one of them has two options: - full backup - not an option to use frequently - incremental ...
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As a new developer, what files should I backup?

I am facing some problems with current installation of Ubuntu 12.04. I'd like to go for fresh installation of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and I don't have a separate partition of Home folder. I have started ...
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Can app developers indicate folders to be excluded from Déjà Dup?

OS X‘s Time Machine backup system has an API that let application developers indicate that certain folders belonging to the application should be excluded from the user‘s backup. This is done through ...
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What folders to restore from backup?

My old computer, with Ubuntu 10.04, crashed, and I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on a new computer. Luckily, I have a full backup of my previous file system. However, I don't know what folders exactly I need ...
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How to backup programs without using apt cache?

Is there any way to backup installed software, install a fresh Ubuntu system, and restore the software on the newly installed system, without an Internet connection? I already cleared my apt cache.
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Backing up to Box.net account (webdav and Deja)

I have a Box.net account and it's feeling neglected so I decided to place my backups there since it's bigger than my Ubuntu One storage. When I try to set this up I get an error though. I set it up ...
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How do I remove Ubuntu One-synched files from my computer without deleting them on the server?

I have been trying to sync all my documents on Ubuntu One on one Ubuntu Lucid system and one Windows XP computer. My trouble starts when Ubuntu One sync deleted folders I deleted from one computer ...
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What Directories to Backup

If I not only want to save personal data, but want to ensure that I can be up and running in a very quick amount of time, what is the best backup strategy? I.e., is there a way to backup just the home ...
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How can I make Deja Dup use AES 256 as the encryption algorithm?

I'm using Deja Dup on Oneiric Ocelot. How can I make it use AES 256 as the algorithm for encryption? Or for that matter, how can I control which encryption algorithm is used? Deja Dup uses ...
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Reduce download size and time when updating package repositories

This question comes from 2 different scenarios but have the same question in common: Scenario 1 - When a user wants to upgrade several PCs that are not in the same network (Not on the same LAN) or in ...