I started taking backup to a local folder using Deja-Dup some months ago. Now, the size of the folder has grown quite large and I want to move it to an external drive.

Can I just copy the ~/deja-dup folder to the external drive?

And then change the storage location in the Backups GUI as follows: enter image description here

After this, is it now possible to delete the local ~/deja-dup folder and start a new backup from the GUI?


Yes, it is possible. The next time you run a backup, you may get a error message stating that the storage device has changed. Just reselect it and proceed.

It would be prudent to try restores and backups before deleting the original.

  • 1
    Thanks. I did the following: 1) copied ~/deja-dup to the external drive. 2) moved the local folder to a new name: mv ~/deja-dup ~/deja-dup2, 3) changed storage location in the GUI (as shown above in my question), 4) changed folder name in the GUI to deja-dup, 5) chose "Back Up Now" in the GUI, 5) after backup completed, and I checked it looked ok: rm -rf ~/deja-dup2 – Håkon Hægland May 13 '17 at 9:53

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.