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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Copy a rolling “last 2 months” of files

I have a friend who is a photographer and she has a lot of large files as a result. Our current solution is where some files are delivered to my house. I don't have the storage capability to store all ...
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What does 'mount point' mean in a Linux installer?

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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How to omit directory from backup

I am trying to edit a backup script so it will work for me. My issue is that if I set the directory path I wish to backup, then it would also backup the directory containing the backups :) The ...
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How to clone btrfs filesystem into different medium preserving snapshots' sharing data

I have decided to give btrfs raid capabilities a try. I set up a btrfs with sudo mkfs.btrfs -m raid10 -d raid10 /dev/sda9 /dev/sdb9 /dev/sdc9 /dev/sdd9 Now I want to clone my existing btrfs ...
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Backing up/restoring a full VPS, can't boot from live media

(My question here is specifically about Ubuntu, but I'm posting it on Unix & Linux because I think the answer will apply to Linux in general. I'm more than happy to reformat the question or move ...
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What is an adequate backup strategy for Debian system with a simple database? [closed]

I would like to know a suitable backup strategy for a small business running a simple database. The whole system operates from a single local computer with one internal hard disk. I have already ...
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Can a linux filesystem be backed up by copying the file structure tree only?

This might be considered to be more of an academic question but here goes. Returning to Linux after some years away, I installed Ubuntu 15.04 Desktop on a small PC. Looking around the file system ...
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make_tape_recovery: is possible to do the same on linux?

On hpux,i use a fantastic tool from ignite-ux make_tape_recovery -x inc_entire=vg00 -A -v -m pax -E With this i make and image on tape,and even if VG00 is corrupted and or unavaliable,or something ...
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configuring rsync for incremental backup and recovery

The setup is a NAS box on a lan mounted as NFS and the source is a laptop running an old kubuntu 10.4. Rsync has to be run as a local file copy, NAS box doesn't support an rsync daemon. How do I ...
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Deleting partitions without losing data

Case 1: Let's say I mount /dev/sda3 /var and this entry is not in /etc/fstab. After unmounting /var, if /dev/sda3 is an unused partition (no entries in the fstab), if I delete it I will not lose any ...
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Difference between fsarchiver and dump

What is the difference between dump and fsarchiver? Are there features in dump which are not covered by fsarchiver? Can both backup to tape storage for example?
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Schedule backup with notification?

To avoid editing files at the same time of backup scheduled by cron, I figure out a way: Before backup, send a desktop notification such as notify-send -t 0 "Ready for backup", to let me prepare ...
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editing files at the same time when cron automatically runs backup

I heard that it is a good idea to schedule backup in crontab file. I also head that it is bad to edit files while they are backed up. It may happen that cron stats to backup a directory while I am ...
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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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Automatic sync/backup that adds files to hard disk and keeps when removed

I know there are a few sync tools available in linux (I use openSuse OS btw), but I think they all do a pure "sync" and I am looking more for a backup function which is not synced (I could be ...
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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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Formatting btrfs for robust metadata

If I make three partitions on a HDD, it appears that the default (which is -m raid1) will only store two copies of each metadata block. Is there a way to store multiple copies, e.g. one on each ...
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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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Backup of home folder store network and printer settings?

Does restoring my home folder, restore network and printer settings on elementary os?
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How to move mysql database and mysql server to another machine

I am having Ubuntu 14.04 desktop in which i develop software. Due to some reasons my hard disk has developed many bad sectors. I want to move my mysql server software and all the databases to a new ...
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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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Backup And Restore Shell Script

I have been trying to create a script that backups up a certain directory and then restores the directory. The backup works as it should but when I try run the restore function I get the following ...
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How to keep a history of backups?

My intention is to create a "snapshot" of a certain hard drive on a server every day. How can I automatically make sure that the snapshot of today, three days ago, five days ago, 10 days ago (and so ...
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What is advantage of backing up a filesystem by version control software?

Version control software seems to be used for backing up project mostly in plain text files. For backing up a file system, with large amount of files or large size, regular file copying/transferring ...
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vim: how to trace back all changes done to file during the day

Does anybody know how to setup vim (the text editor) in such a way to make it possible to trace back all the changes done to a file within a day? I need it for the cases when I have accidentially ...
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backup without closing programs that are opening files for editing, and detect unsaved open files?

Is it possible to do backup without closing programs that are opening files for editing? I would like to do backup without closing programs that are opening files that I am reading or writing. I ...
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rsync question about a directory

I went ahead and used rsync to back up a root directory called /files my exact commands werersync -avzh /files willc66@server.com:/backup, inside my /files directory I had 2 sub directories home and ...
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ideal btrfs storage scheme to incorporate external USB HDD as backup media

Is there a way to leverage btrfs's advanced features (COW, snapshots, etc.) to continuously backup/mirror my main storage volume to an external USB HDD?
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force rsync to overwrite files at destination even if they're newer

I have an rsync backup script I run, which also restores files back where they came from when I ask. But if the files at the destination are newer than those in the backup when I try to restore, it ...
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Moving Application Configurations to Separate Partition

So by default, most services install their configuration files to /etc/<application>. On my physical systems, I'm using LVM for volume management, and specifically so I can rollback snapshots ...
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Taking complete backup of System and then restoring?

I am using kubuntu 10.04 and now I want to install Mac on my PC. I have my data scattered in over 200 Gb and I want take a backup such that with one command all my data is saved into a single file. ...
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An incremental or another full backup? [closed]

After using rsync to backup a file system, if there has been dramatic change in the file system since the last backup, is it still good to do an incremental backup? Is there a rule of thumb about how ...
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Standards for dealing with older/previous “.bak” backup of config file before new edit

Assume I have a config file "foo.conf." This file is rarely edited. At some point in the BeforeTime(tm) it was edited and "foo.conf.bak" was created to save the previous state. Now, I want to make ...
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Storing documents and backups on several different drives

Currently I have Ubuntu installed on a 120GB SSD. However I also have 3 more hard drives installed on the computer, 2 x 640GB in aRAID array and a 60GB SSD. What I am trying to achieve is to use 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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rsync: delete some files in destination not in source but not delete others

Given two directories /.../src and /.../des, they share some subdirectories share1 and share2 des also has a subdirectory named des1 which doesn't exist in src. How can I perform file transfer ...
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Software to do a 3 way backup

I am currently doing a backup of my system on an external hard disk using rdiff-backup. This kind of backup is good when the disk dies. However, I was also wondering if I can extend this method to do ...
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Rsync filter: copying one pattern only

I am trying to create a directory that will house all and only my PDFs compiled from LaTeX. I like keeping each project in a separate folder, all housed in a big folder called LaTeX. So I tried ...
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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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Backing up data to two drives

I am currently working on backing up an inactive users data from a server. The data is roughly 7tb. For the backup task, I have two four TB drives. So what is a reasonable way to move the data into ...
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Back up and restore file permissions

Is there a way to back up and restore file ownership and permissions (the things that can be changed with chown and chmod)? You can do this in Windows using icacls. What about access control lists?
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Is there a way to backup and restore ACL file and folder permissions on linux the way that there is using icacls in Windows? [duplicate]

In Windows you can do this (backup and restore ACL permissions) can you do this in Linux? And to clarify, I mean ACLs in Linux, I do not mean the default permissions modified with chmod / chown.
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What is the proper bash method of prompting the user for administrative password before backing up the usb data to the computer?

mate-terminal --window-with-profile=PROFILENAME="Hold the terminal open" -e "sudo rsync -azvu --log-file=/var/log/simplebackup.log --append-verify --exclude '.gvfs' /media/user/usb/ ...
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Can I get the backup option of cp and mv to work with directories?

--backup[=CONTROL] make a backup of each existing destination file The man page does say that it works on file. It doesn't seem to have any effect on directories. Is there anyway to make this ...
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How to make a backup of the data in my Laptop? [duplicate]

I would like to make a backup of all the data in my Fedora Laptop (Pictures, Music, Videos, Documents, etc.) in an external hard drive. Basically I need to know two things: A good software to do ...
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what distinguishes Rsync-type backups from other backups?

This link classifies incremental backups into Rsync-type and other type: Rsync-type backups The main characteristic of this type of backups is that they maintain a copy of the directory you ...
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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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Restore from incremental backup?

I read some books which use dump and restore. They said that during restore, first restore the latest full backup, and then restore each incremental backup created after the full backup. But I am ...
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rsync error during incremental backup [closed]

I am learning how to use rysnc (version 3.0.9, protocol version 30) to do backup on a toy example, from a dir /tmp/pdf to a backup dir /tmp/backup, following ...
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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 ...