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Is there a way to backup Ubuntu using the GUI?

I tried using rsync. It asks me "source and destination".

I want to say back up everything on internal (/dev/sda*) hard drive and save it in external hard drive (/dev/sdb*). I type exactly that, but there is no button saying "Do it now".

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    Please keep a polite and respectful discourse, we're not interested in hearing these rants. – kos Nov 10 '15 at 3:17
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Since, you are using rsync, there is an excellent GUI to that called Grsync. You can use that. REMEMBER THIS WILL ONLY COPY ALL YOUR DATA TO THE EXTERNAL DRIVE. Now to backup:

  1. Click on the "Open button" beside source:

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  1. Select your /dev/sda/ (remember the "/" after sda, it is not entered by default).

  2. Select your /dev/sdb/ as destination in the next box below the one shown in image, in a similar manner.

  3. Click on the gear icon beside "i" as shown in the image above. It will start copying immediatly.

  • rsync: change_dir "/dev/sda" failed: Not a directory (20) rsync: ERROR: cannot stat destination "/dev/sdb/": Not a directory (20) rsync error: errors selecting input/output files, dirs (code 3) at main.c(652) [Receiver=3.1.1] Rsync process exit status: 3 – ijin Nov 10 '15 at 13:17
  • rsync: change_dir "/dev/sda" failed: Not a directory (20)rsync: ERROR: cannot stat destination "/dev/sdb/": Not a directory (20) rsync error: errors selecting input/output files, dirs (code 3) at main.c(652) [Receiver=3.1.1]. Rsync process exit status: 3 – ijin Nov 10 '15 at 13:26
  • Don't type the directory as sda, navigate to the folder using the open button highlighted. – Raphael Nov 10 '15 at 13:27

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