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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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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need a different backup solution

I just built a new media/backup server using Ubuntu 12.04 64bit. I installed a hard drive to be used only for music, pictures, and videos and formatted it fat32 so my 1 and only Windows PC could map ...
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Can ubuntu backup my Windows 7 files?

I have a problem with Windows 7. All efforts to fix it have failed. Someone suggested I install Ubuntu and backup my Windows files. Are there instructions available somewhere?
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What are the advantages and disadventages of git or bzr + rsync vs rdiff-backup?

I used to use rsync to do backups, but then I switched to rdiff-backup to incremental backups. Recently, I discovered git and bzr while working on a coding project. So, I was thinking, I could have ...
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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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Backup MySQL databases from broken Ubuntu

Here is my problem, and I hope someone would help me to find a solution. My Ubuntu 12.04 is broken after an upgrade from 11.10, it won't boot up, just stops at the purple Ubuntu screen, but I can ...
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How can I force Déjà Dup to make a full backup?

My déjà dup backup seems to be corrupted, at least it tells me on every backup that there's a CRC error and aborts the backup. Now I think with a full backup I could fix this, but I haven't found a ...
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backup drive: ext4 / FAT?

if I'm backing up to an external drive, is there any reason to not use FAT other then FAT's file size/naming issues? It would be nice to be able to access the content on windows/mac but i'm not sure ...
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External backup - “cp: cannot create regular file” error

I have always backed up my home directory to an external hard drive using the cp -r command. Until recently, it worked fine, but now I regularly get the error message cp: cannot create regular file ...
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Can upgrading packages during an in-progress backup render the backup unusable?

I am running BackupPC, which backs up my laptop via rsync to another computer daily. Suppose that I upgrade one or more packages during the backup process. Is it possible that the package will be ...
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What do I need to do to backup&restore (copy) users when migrating from one Ubuntu Box to another? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Upgrade while keeping home partition Scenario: New PC with fresh Ubuntu installation (10) + Old PC with Ubuntu (8) Want to copy the old users' setting+files onto the ...
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Copy hard drive

How do I go about coping my entire hard drive, which only has Ubuntu on it? It would be copied to an exterior hard drive, before I try the repair disk or have to wipe and reinstall. I don't want to ...
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Diff between backups: see permissions, group and owner and sym link differences

Question Using only the command line, is it possible to tell if a rsync backup (on a NAS) and the original folder tree (on a web server) are exactly the same? I mean in terms of file sizes, ...
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How can I use Dropbox as a backup without syncing the backup to my harddrive?

I use Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit. I read this link: "How can I use DropBox as a simple backup?" which suggests to backup using deja-dup to the Dropbox folder. However, if I would do this, the backups will ...
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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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Crontab commands and backup

I have the following crontab running on my server: 0 23 * * * /etc/webmin/postgresql/backup.pl --all @daily /etc/webmin/fsdump/backup.pl 155931323799484 30 20 * * 0 /etc/webmin/fsdump/backup.pl ...
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Deja Dup restore error Help Please

I'm running Ubuntu 12.10 Intel i5 8Gb 1TB Gigabyte MB I have backed up all my data(Home folder only) to an external HDD. Today, after a fresh OS install with the same version of Ubuntu, I can't ...
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Why do I get an “Operation not permitted” error when running duplicity as sudo?

Currently I'm backing up my /home/ folder to a usb mounted on /media/liamzebedee/X using duplicity. When I go to restore the folder to the USB however (using sudo), I get the error - Error ...
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How do I restore the default permission on a directory/folder?

I am using ubuntu 10.04,I need to give execute permission in www folder.But by mistake i gave execute permission in whole var folder.sudo chmod -R 777 /varThen i try to change it into normal ...
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How to create an image of an entire remote system for using on other (virtual) remote machines?

I have ordered several virtual machines from a hosting provider, which all need exactly the same setup: same users same programs installed same config (except for hostname) including cron-jobs Is ...
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How to create an image of my ubuntu 12.10

Hi last week I installed ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop and Today I have my system more or less configure as I like. I would like to know how can I create an image of the system that can use to install ...
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Can Gedit also backup files like “Untitled Document 1”?

GEdit can make backups of files that have already been saved once. But can it make backups of files that I have just created, and not saved yet? Those files are typically shown as "Untitled Document ...
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How would you go about backing up a remote Ubuntu VPS via SSH?

So, as I said I have a VPS, Raspberry Pi and a plan, but I am in need of some advice, so here goes. I have a VPS with prgmr.com which I ahve up and running nice and smoothly without any issues. I ...
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Backup Failed - Got Status Code 500

My automatic backup hasn't worked for a couple of days now. Everything was just peachy and I'm not sure what went wrong. The message just says: Backup Failed Got status code 500 No further ...
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Using tar for simple back-up and restore

I want to back up a user's home folder by making the entire content into an archive document and storing it on an external ext3 (or ext4?) hard drive. I'll want to keep all the file attributes. Is ...
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How to back-up a wireless setup?

I'm about to do a fresh install of my ubuntu desktop system. When I originally put the system together it took me a week or so to figure out how to get wireless working. And I can't find my notes on ...
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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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How to periodically back up a folder on change?

I want to achieve the following functionality in ubuntu but I dont know how to do it. I need a daemon that periodically backs up a directory, say dir to another location by doing the following: ...
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How can I prune my BTRFS backups?

I have a BTRFS backup system where I take daily snapshots (btrfs subvolume snapshot) and serialize them into incremental change files based off the previous days backup (btrfs send -f backup.date ...
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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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Used dd to backup a disk, now want to look at the filesystem

I dd copied /dev/sdd sudo dd if=/dev/sdd of=backup.img sudo fdisk backup.img Command (m for help): p Disk backup.img: 143.3 GB, 143274860544 bytes 61 heads, 35 sectors/track, 131069 cylinders, ...
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How can I run a script before Deja-dup back up starts?

I have set up a perforce server and now want to run deja-dup back up to back the server up. The problem is that before the back up starts, I have to run a script to make a check point on perforce ...
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Cloud backup with specific requirements

First of all, I'm aware of threads like Comparison of backup tools. With that in mind, I have a specific set of requirements for backup, and I was wondering which are the current options - the ...
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How to make a backup of Ubuntu 12.04 full OS

How to make a complete operating system backup of Ubuntu without anything missing, to switch it to a different hard drive? A complete personal usable backup without using untrusted software, exactly ...
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What happens when you change the name of a file or folder that is synced to Ubuntu One?

I've been using Ubuntu One for the last year or two to sync/backup specific important files and folders on my computer. Rather than just using it like "Dropbox" (i.e., putting files I want to sync in ...
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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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Changing default install directory for Software Center

I want to change the default install path of the Ubuntu software center. I looked at this article: How do I change Software Center's default installation path? but a) it is for an older version of ...
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Rsnapshot: using different intervals for different directories

Is it possible to backup two different directories using two different intervals using rsnapshot? For example, if I want to backup my /home directory every day, but my /archive directory once a month. ...
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Create a snapshot/Backup of my Amazon Ubuntu Instance

Hi all I want to backup my amazon instance currently running on ubuntu 10.4 LTS, anyone know how to do that? I also have a Cent-OS instance which I bakup and restore by creating snapshots and images ...
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How to backup a single file with deja-dup? [duplicate]

when I reinstall I prefer to have a new system; however there are some configuration files in ~/ might like to keep. Can I back up a single file with deja dup? (note these files may need to stay in ...
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Creating your own distro/backup (or Alternatives to RemasterSys) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to customize live Ubuntu CD? What are the alternative softwares of remastersys? I usually use RemasterSys to create a Backup/Distro of my current system with apps ...
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Possibility of inconsistencies in backups across LVM logical volume snapshots

I'd like to start using LVM snapshots to help ensure quality backups. If I have a /var partition that is on a separate volume from the rest of the root filesystem, can I still ensure that a backup ...
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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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Home Backup Server with Ubuntu - Drive Controller Configuration

I am planning a build for a personal backup server; building essentially a NAS that I would install backup utilities on. I want to run Ubuntu Server as the OS, and am hoping for around 5-6 individual ...
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How to backup guake's settings

I've worked a lot on configuring guake to my needs but I can't find a way to export these changes (doesn't seem to be related to gnome-terminal's profiles). Is there a way to backup my "guake profile" ...
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How do I restore a single file with Deja Dup / Nautilus 3.8?

All tutorials say I have to go to the "File" menu and hit some sort of restore button, which does not consider that this freaking new file manager does not even have a menu bar. How am I supposed to ...
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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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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 ...