Backing up is the process of making copies (a backup) of data which may be used to restore the original after a data loss event.

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What should I backup?

I have backups from a couple of old desktop/laptop installation - most of which do not exist anymore. Which of the following folders or files can I savely remove because I will never need them ...
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Fresh Debian install. What files do I restore from a backup?

I just installed Debian 8.2 Jessie fresh on a new machine. I ran tar -zxvpf myBackup.tar.gz to extract folders from a backup from my old machine, which also ran Debian 8.2 Jessie. The folders I ...
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Mitigating Cryptolocker grip on shared SAMBA server

I have a client who was recently hit with a very new variant of Cryptolocker. Unfortunately the user who got hit had a high level of access to the system. Apparently there is no educating some ...
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How to backup all the files that I'm copying before being overwritten?

I have a folder like this: ./folder-a/index.html ./folder-b/index.html ./folder-c/subdir/index.html ./new-content/folder-a/index.html ./new-content/folder-b/index.html ...
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How to back up a MBR

Has anyone tried updating to Windows 10 on a dual boot machine? I'm concerned that Windows 10 might mess with the MBR. Is there a way to preserve the MBR and easily restore it if Windows in fact ...
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Old file deletion script

I used this script: #!/bin/sh for file in "$( find /var/backup/web2 -type f -mtime +1 -maxdepth 1 -exec rm -f {} \; )" do rm -f $file done exit 0 to delete files older than 24h from fixed ...
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Backup using rsync

Last time I backed up my data by copying and pasting my home directory into my external hard drive. Since then, I have added and deleted files from my home directory. I want to update that directory ...
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How to take incremental backup in tape drive

I am having 1 tape drive and I want to take incremental backup of 5 folder to the tape drive on every Friday. But the location of the five folders are on one server and the LTO mounted on a different ...
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Unzipping appearing to fail

I run: ~$ gzip -d Mom.img.gz ^C ~$ I created Mom.img.gz by piping a dd to gzip. Should I be seeing output? I tried it with the GUI too, and the progress bar didn't move.
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LVM Snapshot without copy-on-write

I've been experimenting with LVM and how I can use it for managing data on my NFS server. With everything that I've read about snapshots, I am still unsure about how they perform in real life. Why ...
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Help with using rsync or cpio to do an incremental backup [duplicate]

I'm trying to do an incremental backup of all files on my NAS box that where modified in the last 24 hours (or so, can be more flexible). I'm using PuTTY to connect through SSH to a ReadyNAS 102 ...
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How to check whether my cron job for backup using tar was succesfull [closed]

I have a cron job to tar backup websites and databases and upload the backup to a NAS. Instead of checking the tar files on the NAS. Is there any way to check if the tar backup process completed ...
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How can I backup all my software in files to reinstall on another Linux system?

Is there a way to backup all my programs, software, maybe even libraries and their data on a Linux system like it is for apps and their data on rooted Android with TitaniumBackup? I'd like to backup ...
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How to backup and restore to different hardware in Linux? [duplicate]

I am running Fedora 22 on a Dell Laptop. I plan on migrating to a desktop soon which will also run Fedora 22. What is the best way to go about backing up and restoring my laptop configuration to the ...
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Linux dump(8) outputs nothing

I am dumping my live partition. All works ok in terminal. Until the 100%. I dump from live mint partition to an USB key. $ dump -0f /dev/sdc1 /dev/sda2 Once done, I look at my USB key. Nothing on ...
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Linux tools for deleting backups when they get too old?

I was looking at SQL Server 2000 today, and it has an argument in the EXECUTE command called -DelBkUps for deleting backups that are of a certain age. Does Linux have any tools for deleting backups ...
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How do backups that use LVM work?

Some LVM tutorials seem to claim that one take a snapshot of a logical volume (LV), then backup the snapshot using another tool, then remove the snapshot. When the unspeakable happens, the user can ...
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Deleting partitions without losing data

Case 1: Let's say I mount /dev/sda3 /var and this entry is not in /etc/fstab. After unmounting /var, if /dev/sda3 is an unused partition (no entries in the fstab), if I delete it I will not lose any ...
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How to move mysql database and mysql server to another machine

I am having Ubuntu 14.04 desktop in which i develop software. Due to some reasons my hard disk has developed many bad sectors. I want to move my mysql server software and all the databases to a new ...
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Rsync doesn't skip existing files

I use rsync to backup all the files from a specific folder in a USB drive connected to my Mac (Osx 10.9) to a folder of my home network NAS. The problem is that rsync replace all files and it does not ...
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Intro to shell scripts with basic application: how do I set my computer to make an archive of a particular folder every day?

I've got a situation where I need to give some people access to my dropbox folder. Already so far they have deleted huge folders full of important data. Their computer skills could use a bit of ...
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Extract configuraiton files from raspbian image

I backed up my raspbian using Win32DiskImager. Later, I noticed that my Raspberry Pi did not boot because the SD card was damaged. I tried to restore the backup but still the Raspberry Pi did not ...
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How to backup all my data?

I need to backup all my data from a server (in 10 minutes), preferably keeping the symlinks. Any suggestions?
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Unable to backup data on DVD

I'm working on Ubuntu 13.04. I want to make backup of my data on DVD but unable to do so. To test this I'm backing up file name 'tomboy' from my current directory to DVD. ...
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Backintime Linux desktop backup to a Synology DiskStation

Backintime doesn't support plain SFTP backends so it does not seem to be easy to setup a remote backup to a Synology Diskstation (in my case a DS214 with DSM 4.3). Backintime supports SSH/rsync based ...
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back-up command `cpio` isnt working?

I'm unable to back up files using cpio. root@ravbholua-Aspire-5315:/home/ravbholua/CCPP/HelloWorld/das/das1/book/backup# ls arg_check.h compute.h quit.h ...
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rsync remote to local automatic backup

Because all my work is stored on a remote server I would like to auto backup my server monthly and weekly. My server is running Centos 5.5 and while searching the web I'm found a tool named rsync. I ...
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USB Drive Software Disk Mirroring - Is this the right approach?

I have a 1TB NTFS USB Data Drive (no boot, etc...) that I would like to keep a mirror of as a backup in case of hardware failure. It is always connected to my raspberry pi running the raspbian ...
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Full system backup with dd include symlinks

I'm really new in unix and Linux and just tried to learn something. My question is how can I make full system image/backup with dd include symlinks? Is dd good or I should use another approach? Can ...
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Server Upgrade from CENT OS 4 to 6

I will be updating my server since CENTOS 4.x is not supported long time ago. I really don't have any idea how to proceed and I have been searching how, but I can not understand since It is ...
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Arch linux; changing fstab for bootable backups

I am trying to setup a fully bootable Arch backup by following https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/full_system_backup_with_rsync I am having a little trouble understanding the example "Update the ...
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Backup remote data as root

I want to backup all data from a server before I do an Upgrade (Debian). Due to the fact, that there are many user accounts on the server, I thought I just copy all data with scp (scp -r * ...
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What is the switch or option of rsync command inorder to skip the backup of corrupt files? [closed]

What is the switch or option of rsync command inorder to skip the backup of corrupt files so that it does not overwrite good files?
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Backup a 50Megbyte ubuntu linux subdirectory tree to a LG Ultra Slim Portable DVD Writer

I would like to backup my 50 megabyte home directory /home/frankc on my Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS desktop Lenovo computer using a LG Ultra Slim Portable DVD Writer. The directions for the LG Ultra Slim ...
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Not able to see the backed up file in the backed up media

I used 2 commands cpio and tar to perform the same operation of backing up data to an external drive which is my 8Gb pen drive (sandisk brand). At the time of executing the commands, it outputs ...
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How do I only copy files from one drive to another if the files I want aren't currently there?

I'm sorry if the title sounds a bit weird. Basically, I have a directory with a lot of images in it. I have a flash drive where I also have many of the same pictures. But let's say that I updated my ...
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Script for backup each DB on server but omit system databases

I have read a lot of post around this topic but I didn't found the one to fit my needs. So, basically I want to make two backups: one at mid day (12 PM) and the other at midnight (12 AM) for each ...
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Trying to understand lvm snapshot

I saw the mention of 'c-o-w' in a lvm tuto and that made me confused because it kept me thinking the snapshot vol behaves like overlayfs or other cow fs where changes are written to it after you ...
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To backup to XFS disc by imaging and file-system level

I am interested in image the internal HDD and backup just the filesystem file as backups. My external HDD is 2TB while 100 GB is only used in my internal HDD. Both methods are welcome here. Code ...
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Linux dump, which folders/files are excluded from first backup?

When using dump, level 0, to save the whole concerned partition : $ dump -0f /path/to/target/drive / I'm said some folders are excluded (I guess, at least, tmp folder). I have not found more detail ...
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rsync partial LVM volume to Remote Directory

Can I rsync a full hdd partition (which is inaccessible) to a remote directory? Inaccessible means it cannot be mounted, it was part of LV volume merged with other HDD which is faulty and removed ...
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Hard Disk Clone Image Size

I've created an image backup for HDDA (partition) from HostA and saved on HostB ssh -c blowfish user@ip-or-hostname "dd if=/dev/sda1 | gzip -1 -" | dd of=sda1.gz conv=sync,noerror The HDD size is ...
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run remote command to save debian package list

I'd like to backup the package list(dpkg) of some remote computers to a backup server: all of them running Debian. I already configured the rsa key to login remotely as root on the other computers ...
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rsnapshot backup not working?

I installed rsnapshot and configured it to make backup every hour. But the issue is all backups that are made not working. Let me explain to you, I made 3 backups hourly.0, hourly.1 and hourly.2. ...
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How to omit directory from backup

I am trying to edit a backup script so it will work for me. My issue is that if I set the directory path I wish to backup, then it would also backup the directory containing the backups :) The ...
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Moving Application Configurations to Separate Partition

So by default, most services install their configuration files to /etc/<application>. On my physical systems, I'm using LVM for volume management, and specifically so I can rollback snapshots ...
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Software to do a 3 way backup

I am currently doing a backup of my system on an external hard disk using rdiff-backup. This kind of backup is good when the disk dies. However, I was also wondering if I can extend this method to do ...
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rsync: delete some files in destination not in source but not delete others

Given two directories /.../src and /.../des, they share some subdirectories share1 and share2 des also has a subdirectory named des1 which doesn't exist in src. How can I perform file transfer ...
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what distinguishes Rsync-type backups from other backups?

This link classifies incremental backups into Rsync-type and other type: Rsync-type backups The main characteristic of this type of backups is that they maintain a copy of the directory you ...
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rsync error during incremental backup [closed]

I am learning how to use rysnc (version 3.0.9, protocol version 30) to do backup on a toy example, from a dir /tmp/pdf to a backup dir /tmp/backup, following ...