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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Duplicity Error accessing possibly locked file

I am experimenting with Duplicity. I am trying to backup my home directory to a local directory: duplicity --no-encryption /home/user file://home/user/backuptmp When I run this, I notice a few ...
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Deja dup crashes while restoring backup

I wanted to upgrade from 14.04 to 15.04. So first I made a backup using deja dup. After upgrading ubuntu, when I went to restore from that backup, It starts restoring then gets to restoring a chrome ...
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deja-dup ssh method doesn't work - writes locally instead

After years of rsync, I'm giving deja-dup a try. Not so successful, so far: Every attempt to have it write its backup via ssh results in a local directory tree opened at the directory where the ...
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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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Second HDD from Windows as backup

So I'm migrating back to Ubuntu after a long struggle with Windows specific applications for my college work. My problem is, I now have two hard drives in my laptop, an SSD and a mechanical one. I ...
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iMac won't boot Ubuntu [closed]

I have an iMac and I installed Ubuntu because Lion was causing my computer problems. But I still wanted a Mac OS so I brought it into the genius bar at Apple and they plugged it in and said they could ...
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How to backup all the updates [duplicate]

Is there any way to create an updated iso of my installed ubuntu so that I don't need to update next time I have to have a fresh instal.
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Can I recover windows after Ubuntu installation?

I am not the best guys in the world with computers... However, I was wondering, if it is possible to make a full installation of ubuntu on my pc, and make a backup of the windows 8 currently on it. ...
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Login loop even after full hard disk recovery

after system update of my Ubuntu 14 I got login loop problem (after enter user name and password the screen flash then go back to the login screen again). I tried different solutions from previous ...
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Archiving a lot of files / one big file

I want to compress about 100'000 files (that's what find . -type f | wc -l says) with a total disk usage of 100 GB. Most of the files are small but just a handful of them makes up about 70 GB of the ...
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Is there a way to repair corrupt deja-dup backups?

Since 3 days I'm getting the following error-message, after trying to backup my system using deja-dup: Your backup appears to be corrupted. You should delete the backup and try again. There is no ...
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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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Systemback Live Image

I just used Systemback utility to create a live image of my 14.04 installation. I added the "include user data files" option. Now, my installation is over 100Gb, but the generated image was just ...
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Clonezilla and Alignment

I have to move my 14.04 system from my old SSD onto a new one. Having decided to use Clonezilla, I went for direct disk-to-image: this would have had the bootloader (grub) cloned as well, allowing to ...
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Duplicity - full backup frequency

I was setup Ubuntu backup functionality to backup my home directory. It takes full backup in a month period. Is there a possibility to change frequency of full backups? I want to setup duplicity 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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What's the best practice for backing up encrypted Ubuntu home dir?

After installing Ubuntu 12.04 and electing to encrypt my entire home directory, I am now wondering what the best way would be to back up the data here. I backed up the rest of my file system with ...
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rsync back up of entire root system not working using --exclude?

I am trying to do a system back up of my entire OS I am using these command and both are not excluding the files I want sudo rsync -avz --exclude="/tmp" --exclude="/sys" --exclude="/lost+found" ...
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First-time backup landed in the wrong place

I used Backups with the following settings: Folders to save: Home(jeg) [ON] Folders to ignore: Trash, ~/Downloads [ON] Storage location: 799 GB Volume [ON] Folder: LinuxBackupDirectory [ON] ...
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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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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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Ext4 Samba Share reports wrong disk size

I have a 1.7TB primary partition formatted to ext4 that is currently being shared via samba from my raspberry pi. My goal was to use this partition with Ubuntu's built in Deja-Dup backup utility. ...
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Hard time to have a System Image backup and using Clonezilla Live

Oldfred suggested the following in an inquiry about using unallocated space as an extra partition of Ubuntu system to be used mainly for backups in "How to mount an extra partition in Ubuntu 14.04": ...
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Upgrade to 15.04 breaks deja dup backups to Amazon S3?

I had configured deja dup to backup to an Amazon S3 bucket as described in this question: How can I use an existing S3 bucket in Backup? and in more detail in this post, which worked smoothly. ...
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Backing up a directory on Ubuntu server.

I have a minecraft server that runs on ubuntu server (headless). Hat I want to do is set up automatic backups to backup the "world" directory every night to my nas box. What would be the best ...
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Can't delete files from ecryptfs backup, HD maxed

Ok, so I had a ubuntu directory encrypted with ecryptfs, than my OS crashed, so I reinstalled lubuntu. kept the partition that had all personal files intact and reinstalled os in other partitions. ...
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Shell script I made is ridiculously verbose, and also is probably inefficient. Help!

I am new to Ubuntu, and so far have done several things I am quite proud of: Made an apache webserver with my own html (before a week ago I had never touched it) Made a stratum mining server +titcoin ...
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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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How to recreate source files neccesary for booting? [duplicate]

I'm new in Ubuntu. I wanted to upgrade Ubuntu 14.04 to 15.04 but there was an error during the upgrade caused by lack of space on boot partition. I deleted four files from there named like ...
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how to run scheduled task ,after resume from sleep,only if computer was sleeping at the time of schedule

i have a cron backup job set up, but i would like it to run after resume from sleep, if my computer was asleep at the scheduled time. example: backup script runs every night at 2:00. often i put my ...
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Where does Deja-dup keep its config files?

Deja-dup (now Ubuntu Backup) is just a GUI for duplicity, therefore it should store the config files somewhere. I would like to changed the backup volume size to something like 300MB and the increase ...
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Back up option under system settings

I just used the back up option under system settings to back up my entire system. I did that in my home directory and created a folder with .gpg files under deja-dup. What is this sort of back up and ...
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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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Copy all files from my old hard drive to my new one

I'm changing my old hard drive (500GB full) with a new one (1TB). I use it to backup all my files, so I just need the best way to copy all files from old one to new one, but I don't want to use 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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Easy backup/restore of installed system?

Is there any easy and open source backup/restore solution for installed (after clear install) Ubuntu system, like Acronis Home backup ?
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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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Anyway to make a liveCD from my current installation?

Remastersys is no longer maintained and UCK as well as Live-Magic aren't exactly what I'm looking for as they remaster a livecd. What I'm aiming for is something like PCLOS's makelivecd so I can have ...
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How to take backup and restore? [duplicate]

Each time I install ubuntu 14.04 and I have to update the OS and download a whole bunch of softwares which is very boring to do. So is there any process that I can backup my ubuntu softwares and ...
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Difference in copying files recursively from a drive using rsync

I've used the command below to copy files from Windows drive to an external HDD, using the command: rsync -azv --progress --exclude "/Windows" --exclude "/Program Files" --exclude "Program Files ...
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Cloning with DD command

How can I backup a partition (not the whole disk) to another partition on an external hard-disk using DD? I achieved this with the following command: sudo dd if=/dev/sda6 of=/dev/sdb3 bs=1M ...
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Deja-dup (backup tool) failing to backup

Running Ubuntu 14.04, using deja-dup (default duplicity-Ubuntu) as backup tool. It always worked till a couple of days ago. When backup starts to run now it reports an error: Backup Failed ...
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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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How to make an easy complete full backup, including all configurations?

I want to know how to backup entire applications and configurations of the system and applications, allowing me to exclude some directories. Must be GUI, bad at command-line (can be a script for ...
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Bup - Backup thru ssh

I am new to ubuntu and to bup. I have my local machine and my remote server. I have generated SSH keys and on my server i have added my key and i auto login when i type ssh @ But when i try to run ...
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The safest way to backup GPG and SSH keys

I have, in Ubuntu 14.10, generated a public and private GPG and SSH key set, but I am now needing to do a fresh install and don't want to lose them but don't just want to put them as text files on a ...
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Use rsync to backup .ecryptfs, but also use exclude some folders inside

I want to backup the /home/.ecryptfs folder on my machine using rsync. I don't want to back up the unencrypted files. However, I want to exclude certain folders. For example, music, downloads, or ...
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Unable to access drive to backup data “Unable to access “993 GB Volume””

My laptop failed to boot and none of the repairs here have helped, so I'm on an Ubuntu usb drive so I can back up my stuff and reinstall, but I can't access my files, the partition shows up, but fails ...
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How do I open deja-dup during a current backup?

I've got deja-dup doing regular backups and today it began one in the background. This will take a few hours and I want to pause it. Unfortunately, when I try to do so, the usual backup window that ...
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Will Deja Dup make it's scheduled backup if user isn't logged in?

There are several users on one PC - user1, user2... User2 has a scheduled daily backup. Will Deja Dup make user2's daily incremental backup, while user1 is logged in and using the PC?