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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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 can I have a Trash/Recycle Bin for my Samba shares?

I have a couple of Samba shares on my NAS running Debian Squeeze which I access through Windows 7. Deleting any of the files from Windows will completely delete the files from the NAS server. Is ...
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How to backup a running system?

I have a running Linux system, and I'd like to have a full backup of it using dd, which, in my limited knowledge is the only tool every system has. The distro doesn't matter mainly because I should ...
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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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SSH remote backup script

I am trying to backup a remote server to my machine. I am trying something like ssh user@ip "dd if=/dev/sda" | dd of=~/backup.img But that obviously doesn't work. Other variants that don't work. ...
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Script from cron doesn't create archive

I'm using: # cat /etc/redhat-release CentOS release 6.4 (Final) Have an script in user's crontab: $ crontab -l 0 7 * * * /home/teamcity/scripts/TC_backup.sh If I run this script under this very ...
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How to Free Up Space in a Dynamically Growing qcow2 VM image?

This has happened to one of my VM's that's running CentOS under Proxmox. I copied about 40 GB of data into a VM. I then deleted that 40 GB data a day later. Now taking a backup of the same VM takes ...
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Reasons for rsync NOT transfering all files?

Does anyone know common reasons for such a large deficit difference in the number of files transfered when backing up my LARGE home directory using rsync on a ubuntu 10.04 LTS setup.. machine is ...
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How to back up and restore(linux mint) all softwares and files from C drive when windows 7 boots but stops at black screen

I have Windows7(32 bit) and Linux mint 16(64 bit) dual boot computer. Windows 7 boots but stops at the black screen. But I can boot normally from mint and can access windows7 files through mint . Now ...
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How to back up VPS

"It is highly recommended in the event a system is compromised that a backup of the VPS be taken and an operating system be performed." I have no idea what they meant by second part either. How is ...
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Live USB linux distro to backup my Windows machine

I just bought a new laptop. It has an SSD. I'm very paranoid about SSDs, and I keep backing up everything. First of all: I am using TrueCrypt to crypt my system partition, which is the entire SSD. My ...
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How do I interpret an entry about cron in Gnome System Log Viewer

Apologies if this turns out to be a trivial question. I am trying to set up a regular backup of my files prior to installing Fedora 19 instead of my current Fedora 12. In November 2013 I started a ...
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How are filesystem snapshots different from simply making a copy of the files?

by doing this, # btrfs subvolume snapshot /mnt/1 /mnt/1/snapshot # tree /mnt/1 /mnt/1 ├── a ├── snapshot │ ├── a │ └── subv └── subv └── b 3 directories, 3 files We can create snapshot ...
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Add ssh user with minimum rights for backup [duplicate]

I have a small server running Debian and I want to add an account with SSH access for backups. The user of this account should have no console access. He can only transfer (backup) data via SCP ...
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Meaning of Crossing filesystem boundaries, --one-file-system, etc

I'm planning to use rsnapshot to backup my whole Linux system, though I'm confused by -x option (same of one_fs in rsnapshot.conf). The man page says: -x one filesystem, don't cross partitions ...
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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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dd primary partition slow transfer rate

Can someone explain me why if backup ,using dd, a primary partition to a primary partition on other disk the transfer rate (MB/s) is significantly slower compared to the the rate I have if the ...
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What is the best way to check if file has changed in Bash and keep 15 last copies of it?

What would be the best way to write a bash script and run it from cron (every hour) that: Would see if a file in a directory has changed If changed, make a copy with incrementing version number and ...
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upgrading an O.S. affects which file systems? [duplicate]

I will be upgrading my O.S. from Ubuntu 13.04 to Ubuntu 13.10. As its recommended to take back-up before doing that, I'm interested to know which file systems are affected by upgrading so that I need ...
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Incremental backup of postgresql database

We run a database server running PostgreSQL with database size of around 130GB growing at a rate of 500MB per day. We use HP Data Protector software to take backups of the database. The issue here is ...
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Is there a right way to use one VPS backup file to build a clone VPS with it?

I tried many times to restore a tar ball from a different server to a fresh installed VPS with the same Linux Debian version (exactly the same) but every time when I restore the tar ball on a ...
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How to include directory tree for back-up using cpio?

I am backing up files including directories from 1 partition to other using cpio. cpio works perfect for backing but I am unable to backup directory tree. I am in a partition mounted on the directory ...
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Entries I can safely exclude doing backups

I'm planning a backup strategy based on rsnapshot. I want to do a full system backup excluding files and directories that would be useless for the restore to have a working system again. I already ...
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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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What's the best way to create a backup on a linux system? [closed]

probably this a is very silly question but I want to know what is the best way to create a backup of my computer (I'd also like to save configuration files like .vimrc, etc.), I have been reading ...
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Re-installing apps after a fresh install?

I'm on Debian and I want to re-partition my drive and reinstall. Is there an easy way to restore all currently installed packages after a fresh installation? I'm thinking of doing it by making a ...
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back-up: which patitions to back-up before upgrading/reinstalling

I have Ubuntu13.04 on my laptop. I have to upgrade it to the next release or else I would install a fresh release after deleting my current system. I have already installed and configured my current ...
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Backing up a partition: doesn't reflect the status properly

With an intent to check how backing up files/filesystems works, I created 3 part itions sda9, sda10 and sda11. Please see the structure below. (Please ignore sda10 for now as I have already run ...
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Yanked USB Key During Move [duplicate]

I'm using Fedora 17. I was backing up some files to a USB key. I was foolish and used the Move command instead of copy, and before the directory I was moving completed I accidentally yanked the usb ...
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Dropbox/Copy.com & Truecrypt

I have a partition that contains all my personal stuff, which is mounted at boot under /home/myuser/foo. I would like to synchronize it on the cloud via Dropbox or Copy.com, but I don't trust them, so ...
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Make Tar Incremental Backups into One Backup?

Well, I know this question is quite strange. I have done a lot of incremental backups. It makes the total file size is too large, because there are a lot of duplicated files with similar contents, and ...
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crashplan desktop alternative?

Is there a good alternative (free software) for Crashplan for UNIX desktops? There is a plethora of backup systems out there, but there doesn't seem to be one that rivals with Crashplan. The ...
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easy rsync solution with file manager (thunar or nautilus or…)

A common tasks I teach new users in UNIX is how to make backups. Since most are not comfortable with the command line (CLI) and I want to have them make backups (more than forcing them to use the ...
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Best practice to backup a LUKS encrypted device

What's the fastest method to backup and restore a luks encrypted device (e.g. a full encrypted usb-device to a image-file). The usb-device can be decrypted/accessed. I'm looking for a solution to ...
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Sending emails from AutoMySQLBackup from Linux Mint

I have set AutoMySQLBackup on a Linux Mint machine and I want to have the backups sent to an email, but I cannot make it work. I'm new to Linux environment and don't understand it very much. I ...
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how to include or add /dev with tar --one-file-system

I'm running tar on a complete remote filesystem using ssh -n <hostname> 'sudo tar -cpvzf - --one-file-system /' | cat > Bak.tar.gz This gave me a tarball. I tried importing this tarball ...
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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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Snapshot large changing files

At home I have the following backup scheme: All machines daily rsync to the servers $FULL_COPY directory. The server takes snapshots of that directory daily (also weekly/monthly), keeping at most X ...
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Periodically sync local folders using rsync (no symlinks!)

I am using Dropbox to have an online backup of some data. However I want to encrypt my data before uploading it to Dropbox. Therefore I have created a TrueCrypt container and I am using rsync to ...
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What is the difference between a tar of a complete filesystem and an image?

I can create an image of a filesystem, or I can create a tar-file containing all of it. Is an image therefore something like a tar-archive? Or do these two types differ in more ways?
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How to use redobackup without free partition

I had a spare 250GB drive a while ago from an old Windows Vista computer. There wasn't much data on the drive. I wanted to use it for a new OS in my computer, and I was in a rush to use it, so I ...
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ecryptfs mounted via command line, what do I need to backup?

I asked this question on the ecryptfs launchpad, but it expired there without answer. https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ecryptfs-utils/+question/235226 It might be trivial, but I really ...
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rsync all files of remote machine over SSH without root user?

I have this command to backup a remote machine. The problem is that I need root rights to read and copy all files. I have no root user enabled for security reasons and use sudo the Ubuntu way. Would I ...
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Find: who write backups

I have some daemon which writes Mongo and MySQL backups to the directory /opt/BACKUP, but I dont know - what kind of daemon, when it works and where i can find its settings? These files are in the ...
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Is using rsync while source is being updated safe?

Is it safe to use rsync when the source filesystem is mounted and writeable, assuming that it may very well be modified while rsync is running? I presume that under race conditions I may not get the ...
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Any reason not to use LUKS on a backup drive?

I have my hard disk encrypted with LUKS, but I make regular backups to an unencrypted external harddrive. Is there any reason I shouldn't setup LUKS on my backup drive as well? Obviously, the big ...
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Cleanup of temporary file ~/.cache/duplicity/temp failed

Often when I run Duplicity I see an error message like this at the end of the run: Cleanup of temporary file ...
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Debian 7.1: duplicity error when using gdocs backend

I've installed duplicity backup tool plus python-gdata library on my debian 7.1 amd64 system. When I want to use duplicity to store my documents on Google Drive, it shows this error after asking for ...
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What file systems support taking snapshot backups from a live system?

What file systems allows me to take a full snapshot of a full live partition, while active, in a state where all files have the same state as when the backup/snapshot process start ? I want to be ...