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 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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Ubuntu 11.10 on modern SSD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I optimize the OS for SSDs? There is already quite a lot of questions regarding SSD disks with Ubuntu. But the technology moves forward. Are there any new things I ...
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How does the backup-button works and how can I use this under Ubuntu?

Many external hard drives have a backup-button with a OTB function for backing up stuff. An example is the "Sharkoon Quickstore Portable". So how does this button works? Is there a vendor neutral ...
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Backing up for syslog/dmesg/message to different folder

I have an assignment where I am required to back up the /var/log/dmesg, /var/log/syslog and /var/log/message to text files in a different folder such as the Desktop. It will also create a file called ...
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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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Extract duplicity files manually

I lost the drive, and the Ubuntu OS installed in it, from which I created a backup using Duplicity, and I don't know how to restore the archived files I still keep in another drive. They all follow ...
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How do I backup/restore my Empathy logs?

I found a folder called ~/.local/share/TpLogger/logs. If I just copy that folder, and paste it into a new installation, will my logs be preserved? Or will they not be associated with the new accounts? ...
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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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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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Using /var/log to backup some folders / database contents

I need to backup regularly (daily, using cron) some folders along with MySQL database contents (in sql format). Is it okay to use /var/log (by creating a new folder to be used in it) for storing these ...
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Syncing dm-crypted drives?

I have 2 usb sticks, 8GB each: usb1 = /dev/sdb usb2 = /dev/sdc usb1 is a full dm-crypted drive and I am currently using usb2 as a backup, just incase usb1 fails. I am cloning usb1 to usb2 using ...
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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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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 do I backup the pre-installed Windows before installing Ubuntu?

I want to install only Ubuntu on my new laptop. But before that, I would like to make a backup of the Windows OEM installation on my laptop and then later, in case I wanted to sell the laptop, I would ...
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How to backup an Android phone on Ubuntu?

Is it possible to backup an 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 an Android phone ...
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How do I back up the list of applications I have installed?

I have very slow internet connection. It sometimes manages to reach as high as 20 KBps!! Installing large packages like K3B or wine or some games takes takes too much time. If ever somehow I want to ...
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Cron jobs show up in GNOME Scheduler but don't execute

I have configured Back In Time and MySQL Administrator to make a backup every day at 15:00. In order to be sure I have installed Gnome Scheduler to see whether these two applications are registered ...
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How to move windows files to ubuntu without dual booting?

I'm about to install ubuntu again after using windows for a couple of months and I was wondering if there was way to move my files to ubuntu during installation, maybe dual booting, moving them, then ...
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Make a backup of the installed packages on Ubuntu like Linux Mint

On the Linux mint you have a tool that list and save all your installed packages in a simple way. There is any way to do the same on Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Lubuntu/...?
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How can I access and backup ~/.gvfs and ~/.cache/dconf?

I am creating backup and after completion I got this.. Could not back up the following files. Please make sure you are able to open them. /home/vinay/.cache/dconf /home/vinay/.gvfs I ...
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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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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 backup my Ubuntu, so that i can clone the same setup to another PC?

How can i make a boot-able CD of my existing Ubuntu including all the modifications i did?. So, that i can use that CD to my another same new PC to start quickly all setup done. Follow up: $ sudo ...
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Possible to preview what will rsync do, before overwriting/deleting files?

With SyncToy on Windows, I can preview what it will do to my files before commiting the changes. Is it possible to do the same with rsync or something similar?
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Which is Most TimeMachine-like Backup Program for Ubuntu?

I know this article but there is no comparison to OSX's TimeMachine. I would like to find a backup software which is about the same as TimeMachine or better. I would like to have such a software ...
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How do I back up network and printer settings?

Network and printer settings are not stored in users' /home directories and so will be overwritten by a fresh install of Ubuntu. How can I back up those settings to ensure that I do not lose my ...
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How to backup program data, such as Chromium and Thunderbird etc?

What do you recommend to backup, if you don't trust your linux system (I have the problem that sometimes I can't boot linux because of graphic-card issues). At the moment I'm using Back In Time and ...
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How to run a command within a time duration per min/sec?

I want to run a command/shell script say script.sh from 1AM to 2AM per minute. After observing that crontab can't work it out 'per sec' I had to go with 'per min'. Basically, My server.sh file takes ...
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How to preserve/export my current Ubuntu installation after changing to a new SSD & installing Windows7?

Ok, currently got set up: Puny little old 40GB harddrive AMD Athlon II X2 245 4GB DDR3 RAM Planning to upgrade to: 120GB SSD harddrive (40GB is getting a little tight for me, but 120GB is ...
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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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Recommended method to backup Ubuntu Server

I am a Windows administrator standing up an Ubuntu Server for some intranet LAMP applications. I have read through some of the Ubuntu documentation but am not clear on a good way to get backups of ...
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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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Where does Ubuntu store install files?

When I download a package from Synaptic, where does Ubuntu store the install files, if at all? Bandwidth is limited in my country, and I would like to download programs only once and back them up for ...
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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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Clonezilla image size smaller than expected

I just used Clonezilla for the first time today. It seemed to go well, but the resulting image is smaller than I expected. The parition that I wanted to clone has about 21GB of space used on it, yet ...
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Can Rsync get incremental on files it hasn't touched yet?

I have an Ubuntu server which acts as a file server for a few Windows clients, using Samba. This server mirrors a couple of large directories to a support server using rsync. I need to replace the ...
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How to copy directories and files from a corrupted harddrive?

I have an I/O error every time I copy folders and files from a partition to a backup harddrive . So how can I safely backup this data to my backup HDD?
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Backup Problem In Ubuntu 14.04

When I'm Backing Up My Files Using the Backup Application, at the last time it shows a error that Could Not Backup The Following files make sure you are able to open them /home/neel/.cache/dconf /...
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Format USB stick using LVM?

Is it possible to format a USB stick using LVM? I am interested in LVM because apparently it allows you to create instantaneous snapshots for backup purposes.
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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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Backup, clean install and restore

Due to the route I came into Ubuntu I now have 12.10 upgraded from 12.04 on an NTFS file system. I've invested a lot of time getting everything as I want it, vis packages installed and settings, etc. ...
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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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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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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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Where are Keyboard Shortcuts stored? [duplicate]

I would like to not copy all settings from my previous Ubuntu install, but I would like to restore my keyboard shortcuts. Are these shortcuts stored in some hidden folder in my home folder, and if so ...
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Can a backup created on a 32bit installation be restored onto a 64bit system after upgrade?

Can a backup created on a 32bit installation be restored onto a 64bit system after upgrade? I'm using Deja Dup as a backup with the default settings (basically the Home folder). I don't have any "...