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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Need to know best way to utilize LVM to backup Ubuntu

So I've had issues with Windows which forced me to install and learn Ubuntu as I'm fed up with MSFT. So now I need to know the most efficient/best way to image Ubuntu so that if I messed something up ...
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Proper way to remove an active / inactive LVM snapshot

I have created a sample ruby script file for removing extra LVM snapshots from the system. For removing LVM snapshot, we are using lvremove command. This command is working fine and we can remove ...
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How to backup the root-partition without the home partition

I'm looking for a terminal-command or maybe GUI-programm to backup my root-partition (on a running system) without the included home-folder(on extra partition). The whole disk is encrypted and also ...
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Problems restoring partition with “fsarchiver restfs”: it gets stuck!

I am having problems restoring my partition on a new SSD with fsarchiver. The creation of the archive of my partition went pretty smooth, but I can not restore it. I do not get any error, but it ...
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Remote rsnapshot failing with “Permission denied” error

I'm trying to set up remote backups with rsnapshot from my home server. I want my server to connect into my laptop and take backups over SSH.Everything is set up correctly and I can connect from my ...
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How do you Image Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04 installations for restoration?

I want to do a clean install of Ubuntu and then create an image that I can use to restore the system to a clean state after I've tested the installation and use of an app within Ubuntu. But all I'm ...
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Updating to 14.04.1 LTS broke netatalk mounts

This morning I updated my Ubuntu Server installation from 14.04 to 14.04.1, using do-release-upgrade. Before the update, I was able to mount the shares on this server from my Mac, as well as use a ...
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Server backup to github

Is it somehow possible to backup a whole server on github from the command line? Something like: cd / git commit username/repos -patch master I know it might not be this easy, cause it might ...
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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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Is there a way to back up a whole hard disk (which holds the OS) and use it for a reinstall?

I've built my own system and the ssd i'm using has failed twice already. It's always been during boot up and it just says operating system missing. I've checked and made sure that it was definitely ...
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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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copying data and syncing new data

Part of data has been deleted and I have a backup. How can I copy back the data without syncing, and syncing only new data because the internet connection is very slow, and it is taking long time to ...
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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 finishes but does not backup /home/username/.dbus

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?
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Do I need backup when there is Ubuntu One?

I am finding the information confusing. Deja Dup Backup is running but delivering error messages about not enough storage space. There are only 2.6 Gb of files in Ubuntu One and the limit is 5 Gb. ...
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restoring backup on new computer

I have been following this tutorial for backup/restore of ubuntu server : http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=35087 I have a dedicated server and in case I have to restore the whole server on a ...
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What files and directories can be excluded from a backup of the home directory?

Duplicity does already a great job of making efficient backups, but I want still to minimize the amount of files being back-upped. What files or directories can be excluded in a home directory? ...
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How to backup user preferences and packages list to be loaded on different machine / after format?

I'd like to install Ubuntu on my other computer, but first minimize work needed to recreate my current Ubuntu configuration, including packages and their settings (like apache2, mysql or wallch). Can ...
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An overlooked feature missing - DVD as file storage media

I'm running V14 and I cannot read any of the DVDs I have stored backup files for my novels and short stories. V14 doesn't recognize the fact that a DVD contains data instead of a movie or is some kind ...
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How to run backintime as a user

To allow users to run backintime. I am usually running backintime-kde on ubuntu in the following way: sudo su ssh-agent bash backintime-kde4 --config /root/.config/backintime/config --profile-id 1 ...
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Backup during installation of ubuntu alongside windows

Is it necessary to create a backup before installing Ubuntu on Windows 7? If so, how do I do that in as little time as possible??
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Make “backups” icon go away

Shortly after installing Ubuntu 14.04, I started getting this annoying black-box icon on my application launcher. I have to click on it and say "skip backups" every time I restart my computer to make ...
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Déjà Dup backup Restore Failure

I tried to restore a Deja Dup backup and it fails, I get an unknown error that has a trace back that is below. If there is anyway to just open the backup folders that would be enough for me to at ...
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Where to “--exclude” the specific directory's in mine backup script using tar

I want to backup my whole linux server but where do i --exclude=proc --exclude=sys --exclude=dev/pts --exclude=/var/backups . Please help!!! Here is my code. I may also have some errors in it. ...
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Intel SSD bug: unbootable after sleep mode with low battery. need to backup data

After putting my notebook to sleep while it was on a low battery state I pluged my cable in and turned it on again. Then I got error messages about writing data to swap, ssd superblock and I/O errors ...
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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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Can't reset BackInTime snapshot path

I've been using BackInTime with Ubuntu 12.04. The disk I was saving to is no longer available. BackInTime insists that I bring it back. (It says "Can't find snapshots folder. If it is on a ...
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Transfer “BackinTime” saves from old PC to new one

I'm changing my pc for a newer one. For two years, I have been keeping weekly "saves" using BackinTime. These saves are very helpful: they help to quickly go over the whole history of a project. Now, ...
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Recovering Firefox's Saved Login Details

I'm trying to log in as admin to a Joomla site of mine. I was really lazy and always relied on Firefox to remember my login info. I've recently had to replace the hard drive in my laptop. I bought an ...
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Making full disk image with DD

it is possible to make a full disk image with running ubuntu with following command: dd if=/dev/sda of=/image_name After i make it, how can i restore that image on a crushed system?
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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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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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Need to backup messages Nokia 501

I need to connect my Nokia asha 501 to PC. The Nokia Ovi Suite / Nokia PC Suite for Windows/Mac does not support my phone. Is there a software avilable to **backup my message**s in my nokia asha 501?
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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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Backing up everything including packages and all for later use

So I have been using linux ubuntu for a while.. and I am loving it... I have downloaded and installed a lot of packages and softwares... Now that I am thinking of trying another linux distro... Is ...
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There is a file in ~/.cache/deja-dup/.. with 899G size

I am running my mail server on ubuntu which has 1.2 TB in total space. Today I realized there was an issue on my mail server, it was refusing sending/receiving mails due to storage which triggers ...
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How do I put Ubuntu on a NON-flash external USB hard-drive?

Amazingly enough, circumstances have left me without a single USB flash drive, or a working CD-R drive. Also, because I moved about six months ago, I got rid of all my extra Ubuntu CDs that I used to ...
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Copy data held by www-data over ssh

I have an apache server (machine #1) holding a database which I want to rsync distantly (the server is actually owncloud, for those who know). My data is maintained by the server and its rights are ...
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Is there a diff. or inc. backup with universal viewability

Is there such a thing as a differential or incremental backup where you don't need a specific program - just a file browser - to view (the most recent/the least recent/any version of) backed-up files? ...
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Mount single partition from image of entire disk (device)

I made an image of my entire disk with dd if=/dev/sda of=/media/external_media/sda.img Now the problem is I'd like to mount an ext4 filesystem that was on that disk but mount -t ext4 -o loop ...
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PostgreSQL Backup With Barman

I'm trying to backup my server which i created on PostgreSQL (9.1). While on my normal user i type "su barman", it asks me barman's password, i enter the password. On barman's shell i type "barman ...
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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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backup in 12.04 and restore in 14.04

Is it possible to backup an SSD in ubntu 12.04 64Bit and after a clean install of 14.04 64Bit restore it? In other words, if I want to do a clean install of Ubuntu 14.04 how do I transfer all ...
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Questions about reinstallation

I reinstalled Ubuntu and got a system without internet. After deleting all types of drivers and putting important drivers and resetting network, it worked. Recently, I installed pantheon and mate, and ...
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tar commands returns stdin error

tar -xvfz files.tgz gzip: stdin: not in gzip format tar: Child returned status 1 tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now This the error i got. (This file is created by tar -cvzf file.tgz file ) ...
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Lubuntu: After log in hangs. Need to backup and save my files

Problem: My lubuntu was having some problems with firefox yesterday so I decided to close it down and restart. But after logging in it just hangs. Nothing happens. Afters some searching on here I ...
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Alternative to missing samba_backup

The packaged samba-4 install does not include the samba_backup utility that normally comes with the source code install. Is it included in some other package? Is there an alternative solution that ...
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How to periodically back up a folder on change?

I want to achieve the following functionality in ubuntu but I dont know how to do it. I need a daemon that periodically backs up a directory, say dir to another location by doing the following: ...
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What is safe to exclude for a full system backup?

I'm looking for a list which paths/files are safe to exclude for a full system/home backup. Considering that I have a list of installed packages. /home/*/.thumbnails /home/*/.cache ...
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deja dup backup restore has failed me

I get this message when trying to restore from Deja Dup on 13.10 Backup location ‘/media/lawsonfamily/My Passport/duplicity-full.20140210T071338Z.vol177.difftar.gz’ does not exist. BUT, it does ...