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 to prevent deja-dup-monitor from running, or completely delete it?

My ubuntu is dead after a few minutes because a process called deja-dup-monitor consumes almost 7 GB memory. I searched the internet and found that it seems to be used for backups and related to the ...
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How to recover lost data during upgrade from 12.10 to 14.04.1LTS?

I upgraded from 12.10 to 14.04.1LTS via usb this past Saturday afternoon. Prior to doing the upgrade, I backed everything up to an external HD. At least, I thought I backed everything up... Turns out ...
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Backup system q from noob (w/ dropbox?)

Total noob here. I'm running 12.04 and want to back up my system before upgrading to the newest release. Is it possible (and advisable) to back up /home onto Dropbox? I've 1TB on Dropbox but Deja ...
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How can I automatically copy the content of a usb (flash) drive to another directory?

I want to program my Ubuntu in such a way that it automatically copies the content of USB flash drive to a defined folder in my home directory. I would like this to be done automatically when any ...
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Should I restore my backup or reinstall program's first?

If I want to make a new Ubuntu install just like my last one, should I restore from my backup first, then install all my programs, or vice versa? The backup included the entire home folder and only ...
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Error mounting: mount: /dev/sdb1: can't read superblock after clonezilla image restoration

Recently, I tried to restore a clonezilla backup of my usb harddisk as the previous one crashed. The old disk is 320GB (about 100Gb in use) and the new one is 1TB It seems the the image is restored ...
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Commercial backup solution for 14.04 Desktop / Personal Use [on hold]

For years my primary machine has been a MacBook / Mac OS X. In an attempt to learn to getting better with Linux, I decided to try Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Desktop as my primary machine for a while. So I ...
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How to uninstall Ubuntu, but keep personal data? [duplicate]

I have windows 7 and ubuntu 14.04 installed in my pc as dual-boot system.But now i want to uninstall ubuntu and reinstall it later.How can i uninstall ubuntu keeping my personal data as same as ...
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Best service to backup from ubuntu server

I have a home server based on Ubuntu Server 14.04. I use it as a home backup system for the various computers around the house. I would like to have a backup of my backup that is not on-site. I am ...
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Is there a way to backup an individual partition that is part of a logical volume?

Is there a way to backup an individual partition that is part of a logical volume? I would like to do an automated regular snapshot that is compressed if possible.
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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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Trying to mount ddrescue image from a 1tb crashed ntfs drive

It was time, after 5 years my 1tb external drive with all of my family photos and all my music crashed. Stupidly enough, i did not have two drives in raid, which i will do in the future. I ...
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How to list user installed applications (not packages)?

Not packages and not all applications. Just the applications user installed by himself from whatever source (Software Center, manually added PPA, etc.). If the above is not possible - a list of all ...
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How to save daily changes in a virtualbox to a live USB

I have been successful in installing, booting and using Ubuntu into my 64gb USB flash drive. What I plan is to do is to convert a copy of my USB key to a virtual image and boot it using virtualbox. ...
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How to make a bootable backup of Ubuntu

I installed some software and set up some hardware on Ubuntu. Now I would like to have a backup of it on a bootable CD to restore the system whenever I want. What do I do?
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“Backup Failed” after manually deleting old backup files

The Ubuntu backup system was using up too much of my disk space, so I decided to start fresch, and manually remove all existing backup files. But now every time I start the backup process (either by ...
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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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how do I stop automysqlbackup throwing LOCK TABLES error?

How to stop automysqlbackup's cron.daily script -- as installed and configured from apt-get install automysqlbackup -- throwing the following error: mysqldump: Got error: 1142: SELECT,LOCK TABL ...
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Need to take bootable usb image of installed system

I installed Ubuntu 12.04, Java, PostgreSQL and some other applications on a desktop. I need the same things installed on other machines with the same hardware configuration but I don't want to ghost ...
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How do I find a manual (user Guide) for Ukopp?

I downloaded Ukopp v.4.7 but I can't make it work? Are there instructions for it? I found a manual. You people called it a userguide-en.html, excellent! Lost it? WTF? Now I can't find it! Damn. I ...
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rsync --include-from not working

The man pages do not have examples for this. I am having a hard time telling rsync to only include some file where those files. I don't understand why you have to exclude in order to include, why the ...
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Backing up files from specific folders in rsync

How can I specify specific files to include/exclude in grsync/rsync? Currently, I use different operations to backup files from only specified folders. I want to do it now in 1 pass. I think I ...
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How to get saves and progress from one machine to another Battle for Wesnoth?

Long story short, I'm on "new" ubuntu, but got external HDD with Ubuntu partition. Both are Ubuntu 14.04, maybe with different modifications. I think I broke this other Ubuntu (it was while ago, so ...
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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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Live USB backup methods

I'm currently running Ubuntu as a Live USB on a PC which also has Windows installed. However, I've discovered that updating or messing around with the kernel doesn't seem to do great things with the ...
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backup all installed softwares

I was thinking to backup installed software on my Ubuntu 14.04. So that when system gets corrupt, I can just copy-paste those folder and get all installed programs back along with their entries in ...
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Backup database with mysqldump

Hello i use mysqldump with crontab for save my database each hour but after one day i have 24 files What is solution for auto delete if more 5 files ? And what is chmod for folder backup for security ...
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Using rsync to backup to two locations

Please forgive my ignorance, I have searched for an answer but have so far come up blank. Here's what I want to do: Use rsync to backup from the fileserver (Ubuntu Server 14.04) to a NAS device. ...
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How do I open Deja Dup as root?

I wanted to backup /var/cache/apt/archives using 'Deja Dup' but it keeps saying >> Could not backup the following files. Please make sure you are able to open them. ...
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Need help restoring Ubuntu Server backup

A month ago I started play with Ubuntu Server. While experimenting, bad things may happen and I've looked for some backup solutions to avoid reinstall Ubuntu and all stuffs many times per day, after ...
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How do I make grsync exactly mirror my hard drive over multiple backups?

I use grsync to backup my laptop's HDD to an external HDD on about a monthly schedule. The problem is that every time I move a folder to inside another folder on my laptop's HDD, grsync will not ...
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External Hard Drive sync

I was wondering whether there's a mechanism to sync two external hard drives, so that the files are updated both ways (and they end up containing the exact same information). Ideally it could run ...
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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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Tar exit code non-zero

I'm trying to build a backup script that creates a full tarball from my system each night. To do this I followed the tutorial here. So to test it out I decided to create a manual backup: tar -cvpzf ...
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Struggling with server restore

I am new to Ubuntu after a long time of putting it off. Over the past few months I have gone from a complete novice to running my own home server with nginx and php-fpm and my website is working ...
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Why doesn't sbackup restore recognise it's own files?

When I try to restore a backup set created with [sbackup][1] [1]: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BackupYourSystem/SimpleBackupSuite the restore program does not confirm the backup set, despite ...
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External hard drive failing, is backup recovery possible?

I have a Seagate Freeagent external hard drive. While I was backing it up on Windows XP my pc crashed and I received the horrifying "Delayed Write Error" when I rebooted citing "$MFT" and a few other ...
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How to copy or (quickly-and-easily) backup a “special file”?

Wanting to try this unverified answer for this unanswered question, but not without some kind of quick-and-easy backup. Thought copy-and-paste of the /dev/bus/usb/004 folder would do the trick, but ...
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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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Restoring a VM to LV, GRUB disk not found

This is what my setup looks like: ubuntu 14.04 running KVM with libvirt has a HW-Raid it's running from (/dev/sda) and another HW-RAID (/dev/sdb) that is the PV to a LVM VG called "datavg" with ...
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Juju Backup Failing

Juju version 1.20.11-utopic-amd64 fails on backup, as per https://juju.ubuntu.com/docs/howto-backup-restore.html: $ juju backups create ERROR unrecognized command: juju backups $ juju --version ...
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How to back up my entire system?

If I want to make a backup of my entire OS (including but not just my home directory), how do I go about this? Is it as simple as backing up everything in / and then when if I suffer a crash, just ...
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How to do a FULL system backup [duplicate]

I have been looking around but I cannot seem to find anything that will do a full system backup. Programs like deja dup let you pick which folders to backup but I want the entire Ubuntu OS and ...
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Backups - Operation Unsupported

I am trying to back-up my /home/ folder to my FTP server using the backups program that is pre-installed on my Ubuntu 14.04 system, however after 5 minutes of clicking 'Backup now', I get an error ...
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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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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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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 ...