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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Completely Backing Up Linux Installation

I come from Windows, and I've been getting into Linux a little bit lately. Trying to make that my default OS for now. I've wanted to try out a couple different flavors of Linux. I spent probably a ...
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How to split file and save parts to multiple locations?

How do I split a large file into multiple smaller chunks and write each part of it into separate locations? split command seems to only output all the files into one location. The context I need to ...
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Make links work in backup?

One file system of mine has many symlinks which link to directories in the file system. Is it possible to create a backup of the file system where the backups of the links work (i.e. still point to ...
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Should I increase inode count for a rsync backup volume?

Considering rsync used for incremental OS backup creates hardlink farms for all non-differing files, if I use it to backup a large, slowly-changing system regularly to a dedicated volume, I'm worried ...
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How to use a bootable USB stick and Linux to recover data from a broken hard drive

I would like to run a Linux installation on my Mac from a pen drive in order to create an emergency backup of my most important files. I do not know whether my hard drive is physically broken or just ...
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Shutdown script seems to be executed twice

I have a small backup bash script that I wrote for my computer at work. I have copied the script into /etc/rc0.d/ and called it K01backup so it is executed before anything else upon shutdown. It backs ...
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Making an exact copy of a Windows instalation

My goal is pretty simple: I need to make an exact copy of a windows partition. Then I can wipe it down, play with it and when I'm done, I can re-copy the partition back and have everything back in ...
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Which config files in /etc folder must be unique for each computer?

I am doing a restoration test of backup files on a computer. Without putting much thought into it, I did an rsync to replace all files in /etc folder with the ones in the backup. Then, I realize I ...
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Backing up a partition

I am pretty new to linux. I mostly started learning after I purchased a couple of Raspberry Pis. I like to make backups of my images as I have often made the mistake of corrupting my data :). ...
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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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Verifying a .tar.gz backup

Edit 3: For people who will read this question: --verify mysteriously fails with "Warning: Cannot seek: Illegal seek", hence I recommend you look for alternative ways to verify your archives. My ...
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backup script to exclude some parent dir and include some child dir

What I'm trying to do backup? users home dir which include Desktop,Documents,Pictures, thunderbird which i need to backup of every user all users are in /home partition with there respective user ...
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determine user-modified files

I plan to reinstall my operating system since I messed up some stuff. Access to files and folders is painfully slow sometimes, even if they contain just a few files. But of course, I don't want to do ...
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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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Backing up partition using dd and changing files

I'm a Linux newbie. From what I've read, you can back up an entire partition like this: dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/media/external/backup Can anyone tell me if I need to worry about files being changed ...
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remove unallocated space from a partition image

I have just created an image of an sd card using dd and the image is compressing down less than expected. I suspect this is because the card had not been zeroed out before I started to make the image. ...
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How to clone linux installation onto an external harddisk?

I see a lot of dd related questions, but could not find answers to the following. If question/answers already exist, please point to them, then flag to close, delete or merge. Can a working linux ...
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Overwrite file and apply file system rights of overwritten files?

I backed up some linux configuration files to a windows machine, so the file system rights were lost. Now I would like to restore my backed up configuration by overwriting the configuration currently ...
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Backup a Windows PC to a Linux Machine

What is a good backup strategy to backup a Windows 7 box to a Ubuntu box that are on the same network? The solution I am thinking would be to mount a Windows folder to Ubutnu then use rsync. But I'm ...
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Restoring backup files

I have a directory in which are listed some .py files and some .py.bak files. I want to delete the .py files and restore the backup file renaming them *.py. Is there a shell script that can do this? ...
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How to run e2image to backup a remote CentOS server?

Our server is hosted out of the country, I just have SSH access. I want to take an image backup of my server. I found the e2image utility to take an online backup of that server, but when I run ...
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Interacting with Tape Library on CentOS 7 via mtx

I have a Quantum SuperLoader 3 plugged in via SAS to a CentOS 7 system. It shows in dmesg and lsscsi and is handled by the ch driver. $ lsscsi [0:2:0:0] disk LSI MR9271-8i 3.24 ...
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Backup of a NAS

I have a NAS that is used to store data from our LAN. For many years I've relied on tar or cpio to back up selected directories to tape. When I backup complete partitions or disks on the various ...
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Rsync: Verify size of incremental backup of a file

I need to test the incremental backup of a file using rsync i.e. whether rsync transfers entire file or just the changes made to it, when an incremental backup is fired. Just for a test, I've created ...
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Let root read all files on NFS directory, even though server has root_squash enabled

I have a NFS directory that is used by multiple users, and hosted on a NFS server that I do not control. I would like to back up the contents of the NFS directory from my client machine. My first ...
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Using rsync for incremental backup, what happens when original full backup is due for deletion?

I have started an incremental back up, on an external hard drive, of my Fedora 20 data etc using the scheme from here, which produces a full back up on day 1 followed by incremental backups using hard ...
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Is archiving the entire filesystem from the root an effective backup strategy?

I am looking at my server through WinSCP and thinking I could tar the lot, save locally, then if starting a fresh identical server later down the line, re-upload and overwrite saving me the initial ...
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Would this LUKS LVM rsync restore method work?

I have an Ubuntu installation using LVM and LUKS encryption. LVM and encryption were chosen during the install process). While logged into it, I backup the full live system using rsync to another ...
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Backup and restore only some partitions

I have a system which runs an arcade machine. It has the regular swap and root partitions, but then I have an extra partition which I call data. Data holds many gigabytes of game content. The idea is ...
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Secure Remote Backups Using Duplicity

The recent take-down of codespaces got me thinking about off-site backup processes (which I currently perform manually with password entry). I have been reading tutorials showing how to automate ...
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Unreadable backup directory on a USB drive

The title pretty much sums it up. I was editing a script I wrote some time ago to automatically backup the contents of my Raspberry Pi SD card, and in the course of editing, I missed a "/", and so ...
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How to restore a system?

I have a disk image from Acronis True Image 2011. My original disk, of 40 GBs, had 2 partitions, 1 for FS and 1 for swap, but it started to fail. I've tried to make a backup, which finished with ...
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How to restore folders to their original destination using duplicity?

After performing a backup of a couple of directories like so: # duplicity\ --exclude /home/user/Documents/test1/file\ --include /home/user/Documents/test1\ --include /tmp/test2\ --exclude '**'\ ...
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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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Installed software back-up

I have Linux Mint 15 Mate installed on one PC and I am currently updating it and installing necessary language packs, software, etc. After full set up can I back-up the entire system and restore it on ...
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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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How can I make multiple copies of one folder without merging?

When two or more identically named folders are to be copied into or moved to the same location, the default option either in the GUI file manager, or using in a terminal cp -r --backup=numbered or ...
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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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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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What's the best way to backup files via network on Linux and Solaris machines?

I wonder what the best way to backup files VIA network I have Solaris machines with Oracle 10i with VERITAS cluster, machines are connected to EMC storage /data/oracle directory is mounted on the ...
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Input a list of files & directories to be copied with ditto

I have a short list of files and directories of which I would like to make a flat copy of using ditto in a bash shell. There are approximately 8-10 files and/or directories that need to be copied. I ...
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Rsyncing multiple files with white spaces in the names

I'm trying to back up files onto a server, but I'm having problems with files that have white spaces in the names. I'm using this command in terminal: FILES="testing/space\ in\ filename testing/and\ ...
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backup MSSQL database to a client's local disk over network

I'm trying to backup a MSSQL server from linux. I'm able to connect to the server using tsql (from the freetds project), and I'm even able to backup the database on the server using the backup ...
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Bacula + bat on Ubuntu Maverick

Okay, so I have a goal, and I'm unsure of the best steps to take to get there. Goal: Set up a Linux VM in VirtualBox (Host: Windows Server 2008 R2) Setup Bacula in a Linux environment Get Bacula to ...
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What can I do with btrfs “profiles”?

Reading through the btrfs (sub) command documentation, it can "balance only block groups with the given replication profiles", and "convert selected blocks to a given profile", and apparently it ...
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Automounts: All mounting and will not umount on its own [closed]

I have a few SLES 11.2 servers. They do something really strange with automount. We have nearly 500 possible automounts our users and their codes may need, including automount entries for each ...
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How to use terminal to access iCloud Drive when Finder is not running

I would like to access iCloud drive from Terminal in order to create an emergency backup. Unfortunately, my installation of Mac OS Yosemite is not operational, so I am using recovery mode to create my ...
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duplicity: how to create & restore full system backup

I would like to create a full system backup using the duplicity. Accordingly, I created a backup of the root directory /, excluding /proc, /sys, /tmp, and /mnt. However, when trying to restore the ...
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Is it possible to save a KDE desktop configuration?

Is it possible to save a desktop configuration while using KDE Plasma Desktop? I mean, I have customized my desktop with a set of plasmoids, each with its own custom settings, and I'd like to save ...