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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Why is Rsync copying the same subset of (unchanged) files every time?

I am backuping files on my machine with rsync, but notice in my log files that a small subset of the files are re-synced each and every time. Why is this happening? (I can understand that those ...
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Where are GNOME keyboard shortcuts stored?

I usually load a new version for every release to keep my OS fresh while preserving the last version on another partition as backup. I also employ a lot of custom key mappings. I've figured out how ...
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Backup a file when edited, and give it a time-stamp?

I want to backup a particular file in another folder every time the file changed. Ideally, the backup-file should have a timestamp when backed. For example: Directory workfile ~/workfile Directory ...
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Should one call this an inverse differential backup and how does one achieve it?

I make a lot of backups. I do so on different disks, which are stored on different places. I am looking for a type of backup, but I can't find its name (which I need in order to figure out whether ...
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How to save a copy of the system on external HDD with Systemback? Permissions to copy issue

it's a while that I'm looking for an user-friendly application that allows me to save an exact copy of my hard disk as backup, and gladly I think I've found it in Systemback. With the default ...
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Restoring clonezilla image to newly created LVM partition

I have read an article about LVM and I would like to install it. Is it possible to make first an image of my total installation, then delete everything, create new LVM partitions as explained in the ...
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How do I create a bit identical image of a usb stick?

I have a usb stick which is unreadable for some reason. I want to make an image of it for storage purposes so I can try to retrieve the data from the image at a later date. How would I go about ...
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Will Ubuntu backup work on Kubuntu

I recently lost all my files on Kubuntu when i tried running the rm -rf / command. I later downloaded stock Ubuntu and installed it on my laptop and I set the backup manager to backup every week. I ...
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how to burn cd with the CD/DVD creator

Is there some trick to burning a cd with the CD/DVD creator? I'm installing k3b because that's a known entity. What is this, and where is the "burn" button? Help just tells me this is Nautilus ...
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Backup utility pops up automatically

In 14.04, how to stop it from popping up automatically? Without UbuntuOne if one does not have any other cloud account, it is quite annoying.
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Block-level deduplicating filesystem

I'm looking for a deduplicating copy-on-write filesystem solution for general user data such as /home and backups of it. It should use online/inline/synchronous deduplication at the block-level using ...
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How to backup Ubuntu with grub problem and reinstall then restore it?

Follow this question I couldn't repair it and I want to reinstall. What are lost? And How can I do that? Thanks...
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Automatic backup keep failing, how can I force it to run?

Deja Dup keep failing to backup, giving the following error message: Failed to read /tmp/duplicity-rrKaLL-tempdir/mktemp-Xw6o6E-1: (<type 'exceptions.IOError'>, IOError('Not a gzipped file',), ...
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Back up of complete installation Ubuntu 14.04

I have just reinstalled Ubuntu 14.04 with all the extra software that I usually need. Is there a way to make a bootable ISO file so I don't need to this procedure again? On my old windows-computer I ...
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How to recover data from corrupted os? (More info in comments) [closed]

Okay, my Mom has an Acer Aspire E1-472P 6860, and Windows has gotten corrupted and kind of just failed. It gives me the acer logo when I turn it on and then the message," Sorry, your pc has ...
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Lossless Compression using rsync

When using the -z mode to compress data when running rsync, is the compression lossless? sudo rsync -az /path_to/A /path_to/B How can one ensure that any compression would be lossless?
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Backup finishes but does not backup /home/username/.dbus [duplicate]

I'm unsure what .dbus is and why this error appears at the end of each backup. It says: Backup Finished Could not back up the following files. /home/username/.dbus How can i fix it? Solved this ...
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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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Mirror / Synchronize sda - sdb / while running server

My current scenario is that, I am using Ubuntu Linux 14.04.1 Server. Servers Installed Apache Webserver BIND DNS Server Dovecot IMAP/POP3 Server MySQL Database Server Postfix Mail ...
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How can I do a backup of my Thunderbird inbox

Ubuntu 14.04 is seriously misbehaving, and I only have access to the terminal. I propose to do a full reinstall, but want to backup the Thunderbird inbox for reinserting if it is otherwise lost in the ...
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import thunderbird account from file

Thanks for the help everyone. I'm going to rephrase this entry to highlight the solution in case anyone else searches and ends up here. I had to re-install all my data from a saved backup. I use ...
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Backing up an encrypted home folder with Acronis

I have a dual-boot Windows/Ubuntu computer. There are three partitions - Windows, /, and /home. A separate HDD is used for data. So, I would like to make images of the OS and /home partitions for ...
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Writer error when using tar to make a backup to a Windows network share

Hello, I'm a newbie to linux. I created a share in a windows machine named: //rui-pc/caixamagica Also a mounting point: /mnt/caixamagica and I want to backup my "/" (root) to that network drive.. ...
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Microsoft Access Database (.mdb) corrupted after backup on ubuntu server

On my network I host several Microsoft Access databases in a folder shared with samba. I also backup the databases every day using SimpleBackup, which sticks them in an uncompressed .tar folder. When ...
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Setting permissions for SBackup destination folder

I make daily backups of a folder using SBackup and everything works great, except it sets the permissions for the backup folder to 700. This makes it so nobody on my network can access the backup ...
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How to backup to an SD Card in native format on shutdown

1/ I have a dual boot Laptop with Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 (the databases I have to use for work are Windows based) 2/. Unless I need to use the database I work in Ubuntu 3/. I use an SD card to ...
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Backup Windows's User Files to Ubuntu Server

I want to use Ubuntu Server as my central backup for my other workstation (about 6 PCs running Windows 8). Can it be done? My Ubuntu Server also running web server for development purpose. Performance ...
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How to put running time constraints on rsync processes?

I want to set a time limit on my rsync backup processes. How do I best go about? According to this post, there is an option to do exactly that: --time-limit When this option is used rsync will stop ...
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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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Restoring clonezilla images - cat | gzip | partclone not working!

I am trying to restore an image that was taken with clonezilla. It was taken from a Windows 7 machine and was broken up into multiple files of the following format.. sda1.ntfs-ptcl-img.gz.a* (where * ...
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Complete Backup of Chromebook

I want to make a complete backup of my chromebook running ubuntu and chromeos. Because I spent some time configuring it and now i want to be able to fully restore it in case of a crash. Is there a ...
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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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Clone Ubuntu Machine

I have an install of Ubuntu Maverick on slicehost, that I'd like to replicate on a different machine (a kvm VM install). Is there a simple way of mirroring all it? I mainly care about installed ...
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Is an Ubuntu Restore possible?

I would like to take a complete snapshot of my current Ubuntu 14.10 system, much like a Nandroid backup on Android phones. Is there a utility which allows one to backup the current system as it is, ...
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14.04 automatic ssh sync tool needed(backup)

Currently I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and I would wish to make an automatic backup of my local drive to the university server. This server I can access to via ssh (no root rights). I am looking for a ...
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Need to backup messages Nokia 501

I need to connect my Nokia asha 501 to PC and backup the messages in it. The Nokia Ovi Suite / Nokia PC Suite for Windows/Mac does not support my phone. Is there a software avilable to backup my ...
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Backup LVM snapshots and Grub2 problem

Long story short, I'm using obnam to take backups of my system. This is what I do: take LVM snapshot of /, /usr, /boot, /var, /home mount the snapshots on /bck-snapshots, /bck-snapshots/usr, ...
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Restoring Linux System Files from Deja Dup Backup

So I inadvertently deleted or moved a system file or directory as super user on my Lenovo Yoga Pro with Ubuntu. I do have a backup created with Deja Dup. And I can get to the command prompt but not ...
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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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How can I backup my PPAs?

Related to this question. But my concern is that over the past year, most of my more interesting (or used) applications are from PPAs, and just backing up my sources list won't add the associated ...
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How can I encrypt Deja-Dup backups with a GPG public key?

Deja Dup, the default backup tool in Ubuntu, allows encryption of backups by means of a password. How can I encrypt my backups using my GPG public key? This Debian bug report requests this ...
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Minimizing effects of large number of files

I need to manage a filesystem with a large number of files (hundreds of thousands). This filesystem is rsynced periodically. The vast majority of files don't change often, but since there's so many, ...
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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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How to make carbon copy of Ubuntu 14.04 and re-install it later?

My Ubuntu set-up is quite complex and it requires few hours of installing software, changing bash configuration and creating a lot of symlinks. Since I often experiment with my system, it tends to get ...
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Back in time shows 'saving permission' in the bottom corner of the GUI all the time…is it bad?

Back in time displays 'saving permission...' in the bottom left corner of the GUI all the time, even when it is not being actively used. Does it always do that with other users? Is it a harmless ...
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Backup Drive Issue: Seagate backup plus 1TB in not getting detected

I just bought a new Seagate backup plus, 1 TB external backup drive, USB 3.0, it is working good with my windows, but when I login into my Ubuntu 12.04 it does not get detected by any way. Before ...
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how do i backup each node in a MAAS clutser ?

I have setup a MAAS cluster on that i have installed JUJU and deployed OPENSTACK now i want to take backup of each node of the cluster.Please suggest how i can take the backup of each node in the ...
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How can I fully backup my fully encrypted disk before upgrading to Trusty from Precise?

My computer is currently running Precise, and using full disk encryption. I'm nervous that if there are any complications when upgrading to Trusty, I won't be able to revert due to my disk being ...
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Scheduled Cron Back up from EC2 to S3

I have created a script for scheduling sql back ups and store in Amazon S3. Below is the script that I used for taking backups. DATABASES="testdb" testdb_USER=root testdb_PW=root ...
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Previously working external hard drive suddenly not detected - Ubuntu 12.04

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on a Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 and have been using the default Backup application with an external SATAIII hard drive. However, when I connected it via USB today, it didn't show up ...