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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Best way to sync files - copy only EXISTING files and only if NEWER than target

I'm doing this sync locally on Ubuntu 12.04. The files are generally small text files (code). I want to copy (preserving mtime stamp) from source directory to target but I only want to copy if the ...
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mount become corrupted over time

I have an external USB ntfs file system mounted to a linux server (4TB drive). Another server remotely RSYNCs a backup to this drive through the linux server. After a couple of days of this backup ...
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Backup of local folder to multiple removable disks

I have a server running Debian 7.3, with two RAID1 disks as system/data disks. I also have a removable SATA bay, where I have a backup disk. I have a few different backup disks, so I can swap disk ...
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Why doesn't `restore` display my UTF-8 encoded filenames correctly in interactive mode?

When using the interactive mode of the restore utility to restore backups made with dump UTF-8-encoded filenames doesn't display correctly, see example below. The ??s should be ös ... $ sudo restore ...
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How to find Emacs backup files?

Emacs backup files start with .# but I can find those in my directory. I've try: find . -name '^\.#.*' or find . -name '.*#.*' and they are not show up, and I have them. For instance if I create ...
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Backup server users creation

I have a RHEL server which acts as the web server for all the users (around 1000 users). Now, I have a backup script which backs up the data (all data inside /home folder) into an external HDD. This ...
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ZFS Snapshot to file as Backup with rotation

I have a local FreeNAS system and want to use ZFS snapshots for backups. FreeNAS has the built-in Replication Tasks which use zfs send snapshot_name to send a snapshot to a remote system. But this ...
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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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What to use to backup files, preserving ACLs?

When using the tar utility to store files in backups one loses the extended ACLs. Is there some commonly used and not hackish solution (like: create a script that will recrate the ACLs from scratch) ...
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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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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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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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About Clonezilla and how store the backup

I've never used Clonezilla before. When storing a backup, Clonezilla needs a free partition or free space? I mean, I have a disk for backups with only one partition. Do I have to create a partition ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Why can't I copy my DVD with dd?

I tried dd, dd_rescue and ddrescue, all failed. I thought these tools bypass the filesystem and make a bitwise copy. dd is fooled, it finishes but just produces a small file and states it's finished. ...
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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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Setup Linux backup with Bacula and Webmin

Hi guys I'm having troubles finding a good documentation to setup an easy and possibly web oriented backup solution for one of our CentOS 5.4 file server. The things I need to accomplish are the ...
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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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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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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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How to rip a scratched DVD-Video? (a “cdparanoia for DVDs”)

I usually use the very nice and simple dvdbackup program to rip and backup my DVD-Video. However some of my DVDs have a few scratches and my DVD drive has some trouble reading a few sectors. So, is ...
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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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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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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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System Backup in Fedora 14

Does anyone know how I can backup an entire system, such that if the disk drive failed, I could quickly restore the backup onto another disk? I'm running Fedora 14.
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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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light weight disk based backup solution

Currently I am using Dirvish to backup a handful remote machines, both Linux and Windows to local disks. But Dirvish hasn't seen any updates for many years and it has a couple of small annoyances ...
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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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Backup or snaphot tool for ext4

I'm looking for a backup tool for ext4, which can take a copy from a running FS like /var with no collisions in system after recover such FS. I know BSD dump has an '-L' option, which tells him to ...
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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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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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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 ...