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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Copy an image of a disk to an external drive

As far as my last copying experience went, basically it didn't happen. I have tried the onboard GUI tools to create a disk image. I am not bothered about errors, I just need to make a copy of that ...
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Owner, xattr on encrypted remote backup

I am trying to configure an encrypted remote backup. My approach is to backup my data to a local drive which is encrypted using ecryptfs (mounted with mount -t ecryptfs /lower_folder /upper_folder) ...
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Cloning Ubuntu 14.10 installations

I need to use a range of Cloud VPS providers to run servers across the world. The first batch of providers is Vultr, DigitalOcean and DimensionData. Each of them offer the ability to create ...
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LVM2 Included During Install What Now?

I'm running Chatet OS (xubuntu). I included LVM2 during install. When looking in GParted I can see the following: /dev/sbd1 ext2 /boot /dev/sbd2 extended /dev/sbd5 lvm2 pv ...
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How can I restore my documents from a Time Machine backup?

I'm currently transitioning from OS X, and aside from finding replacement programs, what I miss the most about OS X is the use of the Time Machine feature. I currently have a drive that I used for ...
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Backup ubuntu completely, reinstall os and then restore it exactly the way it was

I recently got a new graphics card and I want to have windows on my computer to play windows only games in my steam library. I currently have Ubuntu 14.04 install and perfectly configured and has all ...
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Unable to find Dell factory restauration partition

I want to restore my DELL Vostro to factory setting but I am not able to find the restauration partition. I tried to restore GRUB and Windows MBR but both can't access to recovery partition. Here ...
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What's a good back-up strategy for 1 desktop PC?

No, this is not a comparison of back-up tools, nor is it a solicitation on What to backup or Why and only a little bit about Where to backup and When to do it. It's basically a strategy question: ...
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Backup and Restore list of installed packages and APT sources

I commonly reinstall Ubuntu and back up my APT stuff [sources, keys and installed package lists] using the tutorial at http://askubuntu.com/a/99151/371765. However I commonly also remove software such ...
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Does Ubuntu have dump and restore?

Some Unix/Linux books (Nemeth, Synder, Hein and Whaley (2010) UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook and Frisch (2002) Essential System Administration: Tools and Techniques for Linux and Unix ...
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Tar restore from tape fails

I have a basic backup to tape script and restore script that was written by a previous admin. When trying to restore from tape, I get the following error: tar: v: Cannot open: No such file or ...
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what's behind Ubuntu 12.04 default backup program?

what's behind Ubuntu 12.04 default GUI backup program? Does it use some program which also has command line interface (I always like the flexibility of command line programs, although harder to use)? ...
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Will incremental backup notify if a previous full/incremental backup didn't succeed?

I am not sure what tool under Ubuntu to use for back up yet. If the last full or incremental backup finished without reporting any problem but there actually was a problem, can some tool report its ...
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How do I install the Mega Sync Client

How do I install the Dropbox alternative: Mega Sync Client?
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block level backup and file level backup

When shall we use block level backup and when file level backup? is block level backup mostly or only used for backing up an entire partition? If no, when does it apply to part of a partition's back ...
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Online backup: Backup a partition while editing some files in it

Backing up a partition takes long. Is it possible for me to edit a few files in that partition, while backing up the partition, so that the backup is still up to date, i.e. the same as the partition ...
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GUI program to create partition backup image no larger than its files?

I like 'Disks' (gnome-disk-utility) and its ability to create backups of system partitions. But at some point I read on the internet about a program that would create such images that are not as ...
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Moving large size directory using rsync

I plan to move from linux o/s a directory which is mounted on SAN(offboard) to external storage for backup. The dir size is 14TB. I do have experience moving files in/out using rsync but never done ...
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Which files contain information about the physical partition?

I maintain a weekly updated backup of my whole hard disk with Kubuntu 14.04, thanks to Rsync. I rarely need to restore the back up, but today I did something nasty to my OS, too complex to try to fix ...
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Which tool to backup an ext4 partition?

I'm searching for a tool to backup a whole ext4 partition to an image. I tried the latest version of mondo, which is not working. What are good alternatives?
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How to make a disk image and restore from it later?

I'm a new Linux user. I've reinstalled my Wubi from scratch at least ten times the last few weeks because while getting the system up and running (drivers, resolution, etc.) I've broken something (X, ...
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Backup and restore for migration and new drives [closed]

Problem: I crashed my HDD on my old computer and lost everything. New computer will arrive soon and a week or so later, I'll get my SSD drive. How should I configure the drive? Right now, I have ...
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Backup doesn't backup per schedule

12.04 LTS Backup ("deja-dup") is ignoring the schedule I put into it. It only backs up when I do a manual backup. How can I get it to run unattended?
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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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Automatically backup system images

I'm very very new to Linux/command line stuff. I'm trying to figure out a way to automatically back up my server. Ideally, I'd like to set up an automated system to create a system image and sync it ...
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Backing up or mirroring my existing hard drive

I'll try to keep it short - I have windows 7 and ubuntu 14.04 LTS installed. Windows has recently stopped working (involving all kinds of messages during start up that say that my hard drive is ...
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Rsync error 23: some files were not transferred, when copying files from Windows drive to external HDD

I wanted to copy files from the Windows drive to external HDD using rsync, with the following command: rsync -azv --progress --exclude-from '/home/mint/exclude.txt' '/media/mint/OS/' ...
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Recover the directory structure of a lost LVM Logical volume?

I am aware of the huge amount of data recovery questions on this site, and reading all of them I think my case is unique enough to warrant a new question. how it came to be I set up a LVM with ...
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Why is duplicity's primary backup older than secondary?

duplicity is run with full every month and increment every week. Now and then I remove all but 3 full backups. However the last duplicity collection-status returned: Found 3 secondary backup chains. ...
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Good way to copy ALL files from a Windows drive to external HDD if I don't know where important files may locate?

My Windows just recently died and now I want to copy all the files from the C: drive to my external HDD. And you might be wondering why all files? Because I'm afraid I might forget something in the ...
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Comparison of backup tools

This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site, so please do not use it as evidence that you can ask similar questions ...
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Absurdly large /proc/kcore file — what does it mean?

I had to abort a backup of my system because it stalled on the file /proc/kcore. I check its size and, well, the file is enormous. Checking Google, it seems that many other people have absurdly large ...
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Will these terminal commands allow me to backup my entire system?

I would like to backup my system in such a way that if I ever had to reinstall ubuntu I can very quickly return to my "old" setup. In other words, I would like to be able to recuperate all my files, ...
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How do I create multiple backup jobs using DejaDup backup service?

I'd like to have different backup jobs scheduled at different times and frequencies (for instance, backup my Documents folder daily, but my music folder only on weekends), or backup daily to my local ...
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nfdump schedule with cron

Hi I tried to generate nfdump file with crontab, but whatever the reason it dosent work my script #!/bin/bash nfdump -mR /home/user/test -zw /data/fnf1.dump this script itself works and all other ...
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Create a personalized installation stick (and backup)

I just installed xubuntu 14.04 on a new PC, along with all apllications I need. I'd like to know: 1) A reliable backup solution for ubuntu, something like Acronis for windows. 2) A way to create a ...
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What happens if rsnapshot / rdiff-backup gets interrupted in the middle of a transfer?

Question says it all: What happens if rsnapshot or rdiff-backup gets interrupted in the middle of a transfer? I know that rsnapshot tries to make a complete snapshot of your system in rotating ...
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Restoring a single file with deja-dup without scanning the entire backup archive

I'm trying to restore a single file with Deja-Dup but when I do this it starts scanning the ENTIRE frigging backup archive. Is there any way I can have it JUST restore the file I'm asking for without ...
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What do I do after backing up my data (with Deja Dup)?

I know it may sound a bit hilarious,but what should I do with a backed up system in case I want to restore it? Can I store the files on an USB or optical disk and then simply reinstall my system..?
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Backing up Entire Ubuntu System to External Hard Drive with Windows Partition [duplicate]

I just used the windows backup utility to store a bootable image (I think..) to a 1TB external hard drive. Do I have to store the Ubuntu partition (backup) to a different sub directory in the hard ...
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Which files should I backup? [duplicate]

I would like to backup every important file on my computer such that in the event I lose all my data I can get my computer back to its "normal" state as fast as possible. I have a large hard drive ...
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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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Is it possible to create a bootable image of the current system and use it repair my system later?

I am trying to create a "rescue USB" of sorts. The plan is to back up (or clone) a current image of system (including all the packages and software that I have installed) on a 16 GB or a 32 GB USB ...
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What are the alternatives to Ubuntu One? [closed]

Since canonical is shutting down Ubuntu One, what are the possible alternatives? I currently use Ubuntu One as a backup service for my Documents folder and various other folders I deem important. Of ...
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backup your home directory with rsync and skip useless folders

You can easyly backup your home folder on an external harddrive with $USER=`whoami` rsync -a --exclude=.cache --progress /home/$USER /media/linuxbackup/home/$USER I excluded the .cache folder cause ...
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Backuop/Restore PPAs/Repos and Packages?

I'm looking at doing a full reinstall in order to change my FS and implement FDE. I'm hoping for 2 scripts. (I am not a coder of any kind) first script (backup) create list of ppas/repos create list ...
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Screen turn off during Restore

I just reinstalled my ubuntu 12.04 and during the back-up restore my screen just turned off but my computer is still working. The hard drive's light is off. I guess its no longer in use. It's has been ...
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Can i create image of my current installed ubuntu so that i can install it on other machine? [duplicate]

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 TLS. Is there a way to produce an ISO installable image of my current system so as I could burn the image on a flash drive and be able to install it on an other PC ? Please ...
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Check the correctness of copied files

After I copy say 50+ GB(30,000 files including different formats) of files from an internal hard drive to an external drive is there any way to find out if everything has been copied correctly? Also ...
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using deja dup to backup my ubuntu to a windows shared folder

I have a ubuntu 12.04 running and have certain things installed like samba,nagios and likewise-open to have my ubuntu join a windows domain. this all works correctly. I am not an expert in linux ...