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I have two HDs in my machine. All of Ubuntu is installed on the main drive. The 2nd HD is empty and is for backup purposes. I want to configure a one-way sync/backup of /home/* to the 2nd HD.

I know I can use rsync and create a cron job but I am wondering if there is any way to do the sync/copy when files are changed in /home/*?

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I use lsyncd for this exact thing. It will watch a directory and sync changes over whenever files change, without needing cron.

This page over at LiquidWeb may help you get up and running. This page over at Rackspace may help too, but seems to require more manual labor.

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