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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Having problems with built-in backup utility

I use Backups (I believe it's just Deja Dupe) via the settings to do incremental weekly backups to an external HDD. I have it set to keep the backups "forever", but it says "old backups will be ...
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Restoring backup from dd image has really weird results

I've been using Clonezilla for weekly image backups, which is obviously a little bit of a hassle. I've been trying to switch to dd, so I can have cron run it for me. This is what my backup script ...
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is it possible to rsync to another server using crontab?

Hi there is a bunch of videos and resources on how to rsync locally rsync /home/user1 /home/user2/backup, but i haven't found any tutorials on rsync crontab to another server pretty much, i use ...
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Can you backup with Duplicity (or similar) with Amazon Cloud Drive?

There are a number of excellent tutorials on using duplicity (and sometimes duply to simplify) to backup to Amazon S3: ...
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Wildcards in exclude-filelist for duplicity

I am trying to exclude a "bulk" folder in each home directory from the backup. For this purpose, I have a line - /data/home/*/bulk in my exclude-filelist file. However, this doesn't seem to be ...
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Backup tool for Hyper-V machines and Windows system state

is there any backup tool that makes backups of Hyper-V VMs and Windows Server 2008 R2 system state? Some will say to give Bacula a try, but I think it's a complex tool. Can I use a tool for this task ...
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Restart and resume applications like in OSX

In OSX there is this restart and resume feature, that makes every window of every application (that supports this feature) resume after a system reboot, even unsaved new documents, mails, images etc. ...
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backup script located in root's home directory [closed]

Create a backup script named backup.sh located in root's home directory which will use tarwith gzip compression to back up the files located inside /etc (including /etc itself and its subversion ...
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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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Symbolic link that leads to one directory when writing, but another when reading

For my specific case, I am running a minecraft server on a SSD. I want to store one set of game files on the SSD so I can have a fast load time, but auto-backup to my HDD so I don't wear out the SSD ...
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Check if a screen is active and then display countdown

#!/bin/bash DATE=$(date +"%m-%d-%Y") Backup_from="/home/mc/server/prison/" Backup_to="/home/mc/backups/PRISON-$DATE.tar" echo "Starting backup of $Backup_from to $Backup_to" screen -dmS backup tar ...
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Reproducing DEB packages of APT cache

I wanted to use Aptik to backup all my PPAs and packages, because at some point I may need to clean install Ubuntu (same version). But unfortunately, before knowing about Aptik I ran apt-get clean ...
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Full switch from windows to ubuntu?

Recently I partitioned my hard drive an allocated 60 GB of space to an Ubuntu dual-boot. However, I realized I've spent the majority of my time on Ubuntu and would like to replace windows with Ubuntu ...
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Can't seem to get rsync right for backups

I'm trying to get rsync working as a simple backup tool (well, to be honest, more of a synchronization tool). I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 on a SSD on my home NAS, with two 3TB SATA drives for storage. I ...
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Disabling Deja Dup encryption

I know this used to be a bug, but was supposedly fixed ("option added"), but I can't find the fix. I want to disable encryption on my deja dup backup, as my storage location is now AES256 encrypted. ...
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Seagate HDD Error: Unable to mount and see the data inside it

While mounting my HDD on Ubuntu, it suddenly shows the following error: Unable to mount Seagate Backup Plus Drive- "DBus error org.gtk.Private.RemoteVolumeMonitor.Failed: An operation is already ...
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HDD backups are larger than physical disk size

So, I currently use Ubuntu mostly for backing up data on broken computers. Recently, though, I wanted to back up a system completely. The harddrive had 300GB of storage. I mounted the main partition ...
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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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question on a backup application on ubuntu mate 14.10

Hi I am a new user with the Ubuntu mate 14.10. I am currently using a backup application that Ubuntu unicorn is using for there users. I was trying to input my password to the submitted areas but ...
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Crashed Ubuntu 12.04 Server -> Need Help Recovering & Transitioning To New Server

I have been running an Ubuntu 12.04 server with a single 2 TB hard drive in a somewhat-older small form-factor (SFF) PC for a while now. I had a headless CrashPlan client installed on it to back up ...
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Files Cannot be Backed Up [duplicate]

Just did my file back up. But I got a message that there are files cannot be backed up. For the detail, Here's the picture: Can somebody suggests me what's the problem, and how to solve it?
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How to migrate the whole system to a new machine?

I use ubuntu to deal with daily job. Now I buy a new laptop, and I want to migrate my whole system(programs, packages, data, settings, etc) to the new machine. I know I can copy my home folder to new ...
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How to Schedule Rsync over SSH (Ubuntu Server, Windows and OS X Clients) [duplicate]

On OS X I want to create a cron job that rsyncs certain folders to my Ubuntu server. I do something like this: MAILTO="my@email.com" */5 * * * * rsync -avz '/local folder/' ...
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backup valuable files in ctl+alt+F1

I'm having an issue with Unity not loading after I log in upon booting. All I get is my desktop background and a cursor, no top bar, no dash. I can't use any keyboard shortcuts (other than ...
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Backing up a computer onto another computer

I'm not sure how to back up a Linux computer onto another computer like to a server. I don't know how to do it, can someone help me with this?
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How do I move (copy) my entire Ubuntu system to a different hard disk?

The HDD I have my Ubuntu installed is about to fail. I would rather not lose 3 years worth of data, customisation and apps. I am looking for a way to move the complete system (SWAP included, because ...
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How to backup a whole wordpress site?

How to backup a whole wordpress site from ubuntu? There is a program like WinSCP to use it for backup, or it is not necessary?
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How to backup settings and list of installed packages

If I want to make a backup of everything I have done since the fresh install of Ubuntu, what are the possible options? What all should I backup? I want to get all the settings that I changed, all the ...
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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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Change rnapshot naming scheme to include date

I want to replace my current simple backup script with rsnapshot. I know you can change the snapshot folder names from hourly.0, hourly.1 ... to hoursAgo.0, hoursAgo.1 .... In order to make it easier ...
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Quake 1 Darkplaces Engine Save and Config Path

I recently installed and played Quake 1 but I would like to know where darkplaces saves the config and save files for backing up my data. Im installed the darkplaces engine through the command line: ...
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I forget my ubuntu backup password

I forgot my Ubuntu backup password. backup application shows every time I boot my system. what should I do?
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Errno 84 Invalid or incomplete multibyte or wide character - Deja Dup

I have pretty much the same issue as described here and I can't figure out how to resolve it and fix to restore my backup. I try to restore a backup to an external Hard-drive (USB) that already ...
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How can DejaDup backup folders requiring root permissions?

I'm using etckeeper to manage /etc and Deja-Dup for /home. I wanted to back up /etc/.git/ as well, using Deja-Dup, but this folder has owner:group set to root:root. Obviously, running Deja-Dup as my ...
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Ubuntu Install Snapshot / Mirror of HDD for Backup Purposes

I have got my Ubuntu 14.04 LTS install at a point I would like to take a snapshot of the whole drive, including the OS. I basically would like to mirror my Ubuntu drive onto an external/flash drive ...
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Is there a way to backup and restore basic file / folder permissions on Ubuntu the way that there is using icacls in Windows?

In Windows you can do this (backup and restore basic file permissions) can this be done in Linux? And to clarify, by basic file permissions I don't mean ACLs in Linux, I mean the default permissions ...
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Is there a way to backup and restore ACL file and folder permissions on Ubuntu the way that there is using icacls in Windows?

In Windows you can do this (backup and restore ACL permissions) can you do this in Ubuntu? And to clarify, I mean ACLs in Linux, I do not mean the default permissions modified with chmod / chown. ...
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aptik for non-root users

I want non-root users to be able to use aptik, particularly those with encrypted home directrories. I tried modifying the sudoers file for them -- it did not work. Here is the entry I set up in the ...
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Install Ubuntu to a hard drive temporarily external and after that move it to internal?

I am replacing my internal hdd in my laptop with a new one. The new hdd hasn't been used before, and lshw can detect its capacity and no other information. I think of two ways. The first way: ...
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Copy system to new fresh install

I want to wipe my entire hard drive and install a fresh dual-boot Windows7/Ubuntu system, but want to put the entire Ubuntu system as it is now back onto it. The install is located at /dev/sda10. I ...
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How can I backup my programs/applications, so that after I reinstall a new one, I can still use the backup-ed ones?

Is there a way, that I could backup all my programs, all apps, put them in a directory or something, so that I could install them quickly next time, without having to manually going over the app ...
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Changing the backup/restore password

I forgot the password I was using for automatic backups and restore. I don't need to restore right now. I just want to set a new backup password for the next time the system backs my file up. ...
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Can I search Deja-Dup backup for a filename?

Sorry in advance if this question happens to be of a naïve sort. I know that recovering files in Déjà-Dup is pretty straightforward: simply go the the directory where the file used to be and (in ...
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Backing up important information

I'm currently using xUbuntu and I want to create a back-up on my external HDD of everything worth keeping so I can restore my system from scratch with the back up and wifi. I made a log file of all ...
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14.10 backup folder to another drive in the same machine?

I'm new to Linux so apologize in advance for the basic question. I have two drives installed in this machine. It is essentially poor man's RAID - the second drive is a copy of the first. There is a ...
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How to backup BIOS before flashing? [duplicate]

I have an ASUS A55BM-E motherboard and I am looking to update my BIOS to resolve some boot issues. I want to make a backup prior to updating it just in case anything goes wrong. The default BIOS ...
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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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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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“Backup Failed”: Could not restore ‘~/.cache/deja-dup/metadata’: File not found in backup

I'm starting backup from the 'Settings' app, clicking the 'Back Up Now...' button. It seems to back up fine, but when it get to 'verifying backup...' the error message shows up: Backup Failed. ...
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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 ...