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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Linux Image backup solutions

I want image backup solution for my three hp integrity rx2620 servers linux 4.0 based OS. Presently I am using storix network administrator v6.0. But i want individual independent backup solution.
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Is it possible to keep files on a disk partition without an OS?

I want to switch from Linux Mint to Musix. I want to backup my files and copy them after installation, but I was unable to do this because my only external medium for storage is an 8 Gb USB stick. ...
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How to check if directory is mounted on disc X and mount it if it isn't

I'm trying to write script to back my data up. I don't know much about it, so I might take a wrong approach, but what I'm trying to do is use rsync -avh several times for each directory I want to back ...
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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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Restore errors: “bad header/extent: invalid magic - magic 1701”

I'm testing these instructions to restore a backup image to an Intel Edison from a previous .img image. The backup line was: dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 of=sd/ubilinux_image.img I removed a file (to see if ...
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ZFS Snapshots and low space on zpool

I am trying to backup every hour my zvols. I am using zfs for virtual servers on Proxmox VE. I made myself script, which runs snapshot every hour and then send it to offsite backup, then bookmarks ...
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how do i make a script to generate a gpg backup saver?

Im making a little backup script that includes the function to encrypt the backup. The script runs automaticly with a cronjob. So the password for gpg is in a File. Its just a textfile. How can i ...
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Automatic and secure file transfer over two servers

the problem is how to automatically transfer backups from server A to server B in the best possible way in terms of security? Here is what comes to my mind: authorize server A pub key to access ...
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How to backup /user/home with some requirements?

I'm currently studying scripting and I need to create an script to back up the /user/home using .bz2 compression. My teacher wants the person running the script to select the user to backup and the ...
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ARJ under GNU/Linux

I'm using ARJ compressor under GNU/Linux system to backup mostly FS with a size of 600 GBs aprox., and very large number of files. I'm not using compression, only store with split of 50GB volumes. So,...
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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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Random files selector in filesystem

Context : In order to test some backup process which are supposed to work all nights, i want to select a random files on a large amount of datas. (Around 7 millions of files. This is a NFS server with ...
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Extract and backup Springseed notes

So i have installed springseed on a linux system and I was wondering if it is possible to extract the notes i am making in the program so I can backup the notes and not have to do it in dropbox.
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how do you back up files with a time stamp

How do you create a script to backup all log files (assume multiple files) into a directory called Backup/Logs ? The backup file must be date and time stamped. The backup must be compressed. The ...
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how to do version-specific backup/restore of Debian packages?

summary Note version-specific in the question title! This question is not, how to On one Debian host, capture a list of all installed packages. On another Debian host, install the latest versions ...
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Physical Backup of Maria DB as a snapshot using LVM

I have a SQL database which I want to backup as a snapshot. I want to use LVM to do so, but I am not able to do it. Also my database is not stored in a LVM partition but its located in my /dev/sda2 ...
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What happens if rsync is scheduled to do backup, but remote location is unavailable?

I'm thinking of creating a sync/backup routine with rsync for some crucial files between my Desktop computer and Laptop. The point is not to use a Cloud service. I would set up an automated schedule ...
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rsync keeps disconnecting: broken pipe

I'm using rsync to backup my home directory. This has been working fine for a long time now. Here's the command I'm using: rsync \ -pavz \ --delete \ --exclude 'mnt/' \ --exclude '....
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What's the differernce between differential and incremental backup in terms of rsync command?

I use the following rsync command to backup my local folder ~/dir1 to a remote backup server: rsync -a ~/dir1 username@remote_host:destination_directory As per my understanding it's incremental ...
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rsync delete only excluded files

rsync option --delete-excluded implies --delete as well. From man page: --delete-excluded In addition to deleting the files on the receiving side that are not on the sending side, this tells ...
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Preserve date modified on directories / folders with rsync

I am trying to backup a failing hard drive and rsync would be ideal due to the features it has such as progress indicator and ability to stop and resume. The one issue I am having is that while file ...
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How to take a directory or file backup using command?

I have uploaded my file there will be a daily changes in that file for safer side i want to take backup that directory,when i tried copy that folder to another it is showing whenever i have created ...
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Incremental backup script (shared hosting)

Please consider I'm not sys admin so I have only limited experience with the tools involved, I know there are similar question but I cannot find anything that suit my needs. In a similar question ...
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Backup location in LVM

By default, the metadata backup is stored in the /etc/lvm/backup file and the metadata archives are stored in the /etc/lvm/archives file. What should I do If I want to change directory for backup? For ...
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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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FreeBSD restore(8) confusion

I have successfully backed up the /, /usr and the var slices from an old machine. I have tar files on my windows machine. I need to restore the original slices to a new machine (Virtual Machine). ...
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cp command which partially resolves symlinks

Is there an easy way to copy a directory recursively where symlinks to external files/directories are resolved (target file is copied), but internal symlinks (pointing to files inside the copied tree) ...
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rsync with --link-dest options doesn't create hard links [closed]

I created a backup script that should create incremental backups every day and a full backup once a week from a remote host to my external backup hard drive. (short example at the bottom) The script ...
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Archive the oldest file, where files are named according to their timestamp

Context I have backup scripts running which create tar.gz files and transfer them to a dropbox folder on my headless linux VM. Problem I do not know how to create a script which will detect the ...
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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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Is it necessary to transfer `tar` files through `rsync` in archive mode?

I have a bunch of tar files in my machine which I want to transfer to an external hard drive (EHD); they where created preserving permissions (using the -p flag). I plan to use rsync to copy them to ...
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How to backup the data of my Linux system if I want to retrieve it in other operating systems?

I am a basic Linux user and would like to backup my data (my home directory to be precise) in an external hard drive (EHD), but would like to be able to retrieve this data in other operating systems (...
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Cannot close the file /etc/mtab when restoring /etc with rar

Prior to reinstalling VPS and upgrading from Debian 6 to Debian 8, I have archived /etc/ folder. Now, I am trying to extract and overwrite everything, but somewhere in the process I get this message ...
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Backup using find and ssh to off-site server

I'm sure this has been been answered in bits and pieces on many sites, but somehow I can't seem to get this (as a whole) to work reliably. Scenario: I have a server that I would like to do ...
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Linux backup a folder by each

I have a folder /home/software, with some sub folders /home/software/game /home/software/photo /home/software/ebook ... I want to create tar backup including the date for each sub-folder so I will ...
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How to keep all log files?

I just lost important log file. Time Machine etc is not in use in that Mac. I would like to setup in my Mac (El Capitan) some unix thingie, which keeps all log files. Logs rotate, right? So if i ...
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Remove all but the latest backup file monthwise

I've got a directory, containing lots of weekly generated files with names like db_20130101_foo.tgz db_20130108_foo.tgz db_20130115_foo.tgz ... and so on. Over the years, the disks will get ...
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How I can ignore transient failures in scripts run by cron?

I have various backup-style scripts which run from cron on a headless server (Ubuntu 14.04), typically on a daily schedule. Cron is configured with a mail server so I get feedback from jobs. Normally ...
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Auto Mount and Backup on any usb sticks connected

Hello Unix and Linux Lovers! I have spent now about 2 days looking for a solution of my problem but couldn't find a fitting one; I like to back up files to any usb stick which is connected on a ...
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What is the “-rescue” function of Clonezilla and when should I use it?

When running Clonezilla on a NTFS-drive with bad sectors the cloning is interrupted and I get a suggestion from Clonezilla to use the -rescue option to save as much as possible from the damaged drive. ...
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How can I access timemachine back ups from Linux Mint?

I can connect to my AirPort WiFi via my Linux machine but am trying to access time capsule backups I made when I had a MacBook Air. I have researched and found info on airport-utils, but have had no ...
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How to backup readable but not writable files using rsync?

I am using rsync to backup some folders in my home directory to a remote server using the following commands: cd rsync -Favz --inplace --delete --delete-excluded folder1 folder2 folder3 remote-server:...
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How to restore a whole OS from TSM image backup?

With a: dsmc b image FSNAMEHERE I can back up all the filesystem in a machine. But how can I restore it? Boot off a liveCD, install TSM client somehow, then restore image backup to local disk? OS ...
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Rebuild original file from diff files to save disk space

Every day 10GB text file is downloaded, the file is ~200 million lines and ~1% of the lines are changed the next day. I want to keep daily files as backup, but I'm trying to save disk space by using ...
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Replicate CentOS server to AWS

Have a CentOS 6 LAMP web server currently running on on-premise hardware. I'd like to replicate or image this server to a VM in AWS for backup purposes. Is this possible? If so, what tools would you ...
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What is the fastest way to send massive amounts of data between two computers?

This is a situation I am frequently in: I have a source server with a 320GB hard-drive inside of it, and 16GB of ram (exact specs available here, but as this is an issue I run into frequently on ...
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Where does cups store its configuration?

I want to do a backup of my cups configuration to transfer it to a new system. But where does cups actually store the printer settings? I've watched /etc/cups/ but the only thing that happened when ...
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Backing up files [duplicate]

I would like to backup all files older than 90 days and greater plus gzip them. I could execute: find /path/to/files -type f -mtime 90 -exec gzip "{}" \; Problem with this command is it includes ...
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Backup workspace without local copies of remote git repositories

I would like to backup my workspace without backing up all the content of git repositories that are online available anyway. So I think of something like, that I could backup only the file .git/...
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DD to a bigger partition

So I made a backup of /dev/sda1 (NTFS) using: sudo dd if=/dev/sda1 conv=sync,noerror bs=64K | gzip -c >/media/My\ Book/backup/Root20131215 In the meantime I increased the size of /dev/sda1 to ...