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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How do I refresh the magnetic state on a disks with backups?

I have a couple of large disks with backup/archive material on them. They're ext4. Regarding the ones of those that will be stored for a couple of years without reading the whole disc again I've been ...
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Incremental backup with hard links for multiple folders

Can anyone refer me to a simple backup script or program, that will backup in the following way: Incremental Rotation of X backups Backup to a mounted drive (no need for remote connections) Multiple ...
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Backing NTFS in linux

Is partimage ready for NTFS volumes? It said that support for NTFS is experimental, is that safe for production ?
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Any unix utility/tool to auto backup files before saving?

I would like to know if there is any existing unix utility or tool that would make a backup of a file with a date/timestamp appended to the filename. Basically I am looking to automatically make ...
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How can I create an encrypted, file-system–agnostic, mountable volume?

At work, we have an iMac (running OS X) that shares a partitioned hard drive over the network. I'd like to back up to my partition from my Linux machine. I've attempted connecting via cifs, then ...
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Removing access privileges to backup while maintaining current setup

I have a giant directory, and I am dealing with a backup. I would like to store this backup in as safe of a way as possible. One of the ways of doing that is removing rwx privileges through chmod. ...
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`mv` has failed because of insufficient disk space, what now?

I have tried to move a folder A from partition a to partition b as folder B with mv. Now the target file system was not big enough for all the data (I know I should have checked this first). Anyway, ...
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Delete backup files according to rules

I manage my backup files with homemade scripts: keep the 7 latest backups (full + incremental) keep the 5 latest full end-of-week full backups keep the 6 latest full end-of-month full backups ...
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Concept of 'mount point' while installing LINUX

While installing Linux, it asks for a 'mount point' selection. I gave it /, but I don't know the exact meaning and aim of this. Also, now I want to create one more mount point, /home in my machine ...
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Encrypt files using gpg (and them symetric encrypting the key) - is it a normal thing to do in the *nix world?

I read a lot of articles about using gpg to encrypt email, but I would like to use it to encrypt some files - mainly a bunch of *.isos. I'm going to describe what I thought I would do, so you can ...
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Compress a folder with tar?

I'm trying to compress a folder (/var/www/) to ~/www_backups/$time.tar where $time is the current date. This is what I have: cd /var/www && sudo tar -czf ~/www_backups $time" I am ...
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Is it possible to mount a gzip compressed dd image on the fly?

I like create an image backup for the first time I'm backing up a system. After this first time I use rsync to do incremental backups. My usual image backup is as follows: Mount and zero out the ...
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Cancel and resume a duplicity backup

Is there a way to cancel duplicity (running over rsync and symmetric gpg encryption) without messing up the running backup and resume it later (for example after rebooting the laptop) without ...
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Openldap backup restore

I am trying to setup backup and restore and make sure it works. Please note that database size on ldap.old is lot more then the ldap. The /var/lib/ldap.old is my existing database. I have renamed ...
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Detecting that a device is mounted to a particular folder?

As part of revamping my backup scheme, I'm now adding rotating external hard drives, keeping one safely off-site at all times while the other is receiving backup data. Naturally, to ensure that my ...
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Remote backup of local server applying Rsnapshot

I have a server which uses Rsnapshot to take snapshots of folders in miscellaneous computers within a Lan. I would like to have another server located remotely that is to serve as a backup to this ...
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Getting back rsync's deleted files [duplicate]

I accidentally rsync-ed to a server using the delete attribute when I shouldn't have. Is there any chance of getting the data on the server that rsync removed.. back?
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Easy incremental backups to an external hard drive

For a while I used Dirvish to do incremental backups of my machines, but it is slightly cumbersome to configure, and if you do not carry a copy of your configuration it can be hard to reproduce ...
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How can I have automatic snapshots with s3ql?

How can I make automatic snapshots with s3ql? I want to have a similar behaviour as in duplicity: Pushing the backup to the server creates a new incremental snapshot with the current timestamp. Then I ...
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How can I backup a directory to NTFS while preserving Unix file attributes?

I want to make a backup of my home directory to an NTFS partition (an unfortunate limitation). However, when I last tried using just cp, the attributes (owner, etc) went away. How can I make a backup ...
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How to backup a current php installation?

I'm using an old RHEL4 on a server where i need to update (from source) the php version. Moving from 5.2.5 to 5.4.14. How can i backup the old php in order to restore it if there is any problem with ...
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Back up snapshots without being admin

I would like to make a back up/snapshot of a folder where I have built various programs (~4.1 GB in size). The idea is to be able to quickly restore everything in this path to it's original state in ...
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Rsync seems to back up files that haven't been opened or changed

I have started using rsync to back some data on my mac to an external HD. It works really well, but I have noticed something odd. Every time I run the command, I get a list of files that haven't been ...
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Null byte files in duplicity backup

When duplicty encounters 0-byte-files it gives an IO-error: Error [Errno 5] Input/output error ... getting delta for ... The files are usually some wired stuff like ...
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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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Rsyncing files with special characters to USB FAT32

I want to copy a large number of files to a USB drive that is formatted FAT32 (and cannot be formatted anything else, unfortunately). Many of these files have names with characters such as : and ? ...
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Backup to a synology NAS with bup

I am trying to make a remote backup to my Synology NAS (DSM 4.1) using bup. I compiled bup on my NAS from source, did there: BUP_DIR=/volume1/public/Backups/bup bup init Initialized empty Git ...
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backup / on ntfs filesystem encrypted

I was about to backup my archlinux, following this guide to my FritzBox, (which enforces a NTFS system that I mounted via samba) as I remembered, that NTFS is not capable to keep permissions and other ...
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rsync and backup and changing timezone

I back up my pictures from my camera using rsync, using: rsync -vzrtl --progress --stats --timeout=0 host destination Now I was in a different timezone when I did my first backup then I moved to a ...
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Multiple source directories in duply

Is it possible to specify multiple source directories in a duply configuration file? If not is there any simple workaround?
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Browsing bup backup with gitk or gitg

I am just playing around with bup for my backups and tested it like this: BUP_DIR=/mnt/TestTarget/bup bup init Which gave me the message: Initialized empty Git repository in /mnt/TestTarget/bup/ ...
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Multiple Mysql databases backup tool?

My OS is Ubuntu 10.10. I have several small sites (all on various shared hosts) and I'm thinking that it'd be probably good idea to regularly backup mysql databases from these remote shared hosts. I ...
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how to create a script to backup MySQL databases on separate files?

I need to create a script so to automate the backup process for my database server. Today there are 19 databases on the server and to prevent some schema is created and not contemplated by the script, ...
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BackupPC can't finish backup

I'm trying to backup /etc/ directory on CentOS 5.2 using BackupPC. It takes several hours and then aborted by signal ALRM. There is a partial backup created with all data from /etc But BackupPC thinks ...
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Interactive backup tool

I am looking for a backup (or diff) tool where I can select interactively which file I want to copy towards my external hard-disk. Let me explain with further details: I have two computers and an ...
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Is copying the root folder an adequate form of backup?

I am working in a small organization with about 8 or so Linux independent servers. While we currently do remote backups among the machines, I was told to make an "emergency backup" of the machines to ...
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backup list of installed packages

I want to reinstall my linux system (specifically linux mint). I have kept important data elsewhere, so I can safely remove everything. However, I want to do the following: save the list of ...
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Synchronizing same files with different filenames using rsync [duplicate]

I have a directory ~/music that contains all my music files and a directory /media/backup/music that I wish to synchronize with the first one using rsync. Initially, I did a rsync -a ~/music ...
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setfacl incorrectly changes group permissions

To backup the "/home" directory tree of a server, I've created a 'backup' account and used setfacl to make the whole directory readable by it. My cron job runs this command as root each night: ...
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Is it safe to only partially restore a disk image with dd?

I have saved my whole hard-disk with dd to an image file. The hard-disk contained some primary partitions formatted with ntfs, swap and ext4. I did it this way: dd if=/dev/sda | ssh user@fastmachine ...
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Use dd to backup disk image within an OpenVZ container

I want to use dd to backup the disk of an OpenVZ VPS in addition to traditional cold tar backups. Because I may need to migrate to a different VPS provider. From end user point of view, OpenVZ ...
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Hardlinks in Dropbox not updated

I want to create a backup of a single .tex file. I created the hard link to the file (which is not in Dropbox directory, lets say it is A) inside Dropbox directory. I did this so because I do not want ...
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What is the function of user group root? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does it mean to be in group 0? I wanted to avoid using SSH root login to backup my remote server. Thus I set up a non-root user account on the server and place it ...
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Can I exclude /run from my backup scheme?

I have written a rsync-based system backup for my Linux system. The aim is to be able to redeploy the system entirely from the saves, so I don't only backup homedirs. I have excluded a few top-level ...
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Is there a FUSE which permits transparently accessing incremental backups?

While creating incremental backups is relatively simple (and can be automated, e.g. via rdiff-backup), in order to access a specific state of a file one first has to manually restore the backup, which ...
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Splitting large directory tree into specified-size chunks?

I have a directory tree that I would like to back up to optical disks. Unfortunately, it exceeds the size of any one disk (it's about 60GB). I am looking for a script that would split this tree into ...
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Create a tar archive split into blocks of a maximum size

I need to backup a fairly large directory, but I am limited by the size of individual files. I'd like to essentially create a tar.(gz|bz2) archive which is split into 200MB maximum archives. ...
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rsync command to backup home tree to another disk

I want to make sure I am using the correct rsync command on Linux. I do not want to run an rsync and end up losing data as I am new to Linux and I have no backup now. On Linux Mint, I want to backup ...
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Copying and expanding partitions

I currently have the following setup: 2TB HDD /dev/sda: /dev/sda1: (NTFS) Windows 7 Boot Partition: 100GB 1TB HDD /dev/sdb: /dev/sdb1: (EXT4) Linux General/Backup Partition - 1TB 256GB SSD ...
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How to backup KVM images? Is it possible to backup whole VM?

I need to backup all (9 VMs) my KVM VMs. I would like to backup them in the night for example once a week. For example VMware server and VMware server 2 used to have possibility to create live backups ...