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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Comparison of backup tools

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Best way to backup all settings, list of installed packages, tweaks, etc?

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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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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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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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 back up a 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 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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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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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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Is there such a thing as a restore point in Ubuntu?

Windows has this. Basically what I want is to record the state of the system either manually or periodically and then restore to that point if required. For example, before upgrading the distribution, ...
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How do I remove hidden backup files?

I have files ending in ~ in my home directory, and I want to delete them. How do I do that? How do I prevent this backup functionality?
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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 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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How to do a one way synchronization between folders?

I want to do one way synchronization. I am having Folder A on my computer which is constantly updated with content. Another Folder B is used for backup purpose which is on external HDD. Now what 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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Backup whole OS

I am running Ubuntu 11.04. But now due to some or other reasons I have to format my entire disk and reinstall the Ubuntu, But I have Installed many softwares on Natty. And when I'll reinstall the ...
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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 I do a system restore?

Problem I Faced I installed something that crashed my Wifi drivers that I compiled earlier. Un-installing the same package doesn't helped. Finally, I re-compiled my wifi drivers and things are good. ...
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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 keep “dot files” under version control?

Etckeeper is a great tool for keeping track of changes to your configuration files in /etc A few key things about it really stand out. It can be used with a wide variety of VCSs: git, mercurial, ...
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How can I keep a folder synchronized to an external USB hard drive?

I have a growing music collection which I manually keep in sync with an external USB drive. Sometimes I edit their ID3 tags, add or delete a file in either the hard drive or the USB drive, and I would ...
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rsync not working between NTFS/FAT and EXT

I have music that I play in my car, from an FAT32 USB stick. The folder which I use to put songs on is stored on my EXT4 hard drive. I add/remove/retag songs regularly and occassionally want to ...
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What software can be used to create a restorable drive image?

Not sure what Linux software I would use for this, basically just like Acronis True Image for Windows, but for Linux. The rule is that we are keeping Windows out of the equation, I want to be able to ...
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How can I can clone or ghost my system drive to restore it to a bigger HD?

How can I can clone or ghost my Ubuntu System drive to restore it to a bigger HD? Something like Norton Ghost does with NTFS or FAT on Windows.
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Can I backup my entire Ubuntu installation to ISO DVD?

This is the third time I have installed Ubuntu on my pc along with Windows 7, but every time I install, I have to upgrade all packages. (Almost 300 - 400 Mb). Is it possible to make a bootable DVD of ...
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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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How do I back up the list of applications I have installed?

I have very slow internet connection. It sometimes manages to reach as high as 20 KBps!! Installing large packages like K3B or wine or some games takes takes too much time. If ever somehow I want to ...
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Why does Déjà Dup say there is no space left?

I'm trying to backup my home directory (excluding a few folders). The backup is saved on a ~300 GB partition (called backups) of an internal drive, but not the same drive as the home directory. When I ...
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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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Clone 320GB Hardrive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make a disk image and restore from it later? Backup : Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Can i clone 320gb hardrive with Ubuntu installed onto a 8gb PenDrive. I have ...
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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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What happens if rsnapshot / rdiff-backup gets interrupted in the middle of a transfer?

Question says it all: What happens if rsnapshot or rdiff-backup gets interrupted in the middle of a transfer? I know that rsnapshot tries to make a complete snapshot of your system in rotating ...
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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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Is it possible to backup individual files with Deja Dup?

In the Deja Dup preferences, it is possible to select certain folders to backup and certain folders to exclude. I would like to be able to backup individual files in my Home folder (Such as .vimrc ...
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Going back to a previous Ubuntu state

15 years ago GoBack came out which let Windows users revert changes and restore a computer to a previous state. It did this by imposing a journaling system underneath the OS - at the block level, not ...
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How to backup a system with whole disk-encryption?

What's the way to backup a system encrypted with whole disk-encryption? I mean, The total system is encrypted, not only the home folder.
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Setting up LVM Snapshot as a backup/restore point in ubuntu [closed]

since I could not find how to post this as a blog/post/tutorial in AskUbuntu.. I decided on posting it here, were it is best exposed anyhow ... Setting up LVM Snapshot as a backup/restore point in ...
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How do I restore default settings and configuration, but keep local data, installed apps, and PPAs?

I'm fairly new to Ubuntu and while messing around with different things and trying out some shells, I've managed to mess my system up. Specifically I really messed up my GNOME session and can't get it ...
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How do I save Updates/Installed Packages?

So I've been messing with thing that probably shouldn't be messed with trying to learn my way around Linux, and I seem to have messed something up. I'm getting a lot of error messages, reduced speed, ...
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best way to backup a whole dual-boot system [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make a disk image and restore from it later? I finally have my PC exactly the way i want it, i have spent many hours installing and reinstalling Ubuntu and ...
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Back up the whole ubuntu system or system image creation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make a disk image and restore from it later? In windows back is very easy with Norton ghost. Run it and forget it, What is the same type of software for backing ...
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Copy Ubuntu distro with all settings from one computer to a different one

I'd like to copy my exact setup from my computer at work to my computer at home. I'm trying to figure out how to go about doing that. So far I've figured this much out. On the source computer run ...
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Home directory messed up

Recently, I installed Ubuntu 12.04. For some reason, i backed-up my home directory contents to another directory(say bkp dir). Precisely, I moved Documents, Pictures, Downloads, etc.. to bkp ...
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What is Evolution reliability? When can I expect solution of its “freezing”?

The Evolution 3.2.3 program in my fully updated Ubuntu 12.04 occasionally "freezes" and I need to restart the PC. Sometimes it happens when I quickly move to further ('work', but 7 day) weeks or ...
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How to back up files without live disk?

I recently upgraded to 13.10. The installation seemed to run fine, after the system rebooted I got the error "The system is running in low-graphics mode” After a few hours of googling no solution I ...
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Ubuntu One install screen does not finish

This is an issue that Ive had around for a long time, and havent been able to solve. Please help me out guys, I really need Ubuntu One to run on my computer. I run Ubuntu 2D, On Ubuntu 11.10. When I ...
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Backup : Ubuntu 12.04 Precise [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Clone 320GB Hardrive I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 again 5 times now. How to take backup. Yesterday , i installed some driver that crashed my system and i was unable ...
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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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Backing up third party apps before reinstalling Ubuntu

I'm planning to reinstall my OS by not formatting my root partition (I only use a single partition) as this will preserve the contents of my home directory, but the problem is that when I've done it ...
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How can I backup my Repositories?

I want to backup all the repositories I added to the Ubuntu Software Center, but apparently sources.list contains only the ones which belong to Canonical. So where do I find the other ones?