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 to take incremental backup in tape drive

I am having 1 tape drive and I want to take incremental backup of 5 folder to the tape drive on every Friday. But the location of the five folders are on one server and the LTO mounted on a different ...
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Killing X-related processes when CrashPlan is running

I am currently running Ubuntu Server 12.04, but this applies to all flavours of Linux really. This server does a bunch of things and is controlled remotely via ssh. Some time ago I have installed ...
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Got fatal error during xfer (Child exited prematurely)

I have a backup server which takes backup of other servers and in few days back the backup server started experiencing error and the not able to take back. I think the error log bellow could describe ...
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Is it possible to generate a separate file list when creating a tarball?

When using tar for backups I'd like to create a separate list of the files that is included in the archive for storing alongside the backup tarball. Solutions that's not so good: tar --verbose ... ...
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How to restore a system?

I have a disk image from Acronis True Image 2011. My original disk, of 40gbs, 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 some ...
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linux tar listed-incremental untrustworthy

I'm looking for some way to troubleshoot incremental backups with tar on linux. I've got huge datasets (about 3TB) that need backing up to tape. For this I use the linux tar command and mt / mtx on ...
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is star faster than GNU and BSD tar? [closed]

I made serveral runs (create a tarball) on OS X Mavericks with BSD tar, GNU tar and star. star is always the winner. System is iMac (Mid 2010) only running Terminal. root@time var> du -sh log/ ...
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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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s3cmd: how to use exclude-from with a file list of excluded directories

I cannot seem to get the --exclude-from= option to work with my exclude GLOB file when synchronizing with my s3 bucket. Here is a trivial example to demonstrate: I create the following file tree ...
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SSH automatic remote back ups

I have two machines, A and B. Machine A can ssh into B. A has a lot of free space. B's data is in a sort of risky situation. How do I back up all of B's data to A automatically. It does not have to ...
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Recovering accidentally deleted files

I accidentally deleted a file from my laptop. I'm using Fedora. Is it possible to recover the file?
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cronjob for automatic DB backup to date prefixed file

I am using the latest Linux Mint. I was wondering if it's possible to create a special cronjob for a database backup. In my /etc/cronjob file I have the following code: # Minute Hour Day of ...
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Manually copying MBR from one drive to the other GPT drive and configuring GRUB results in booting failure

I run CentOS 6.4. I have SSD 300GB for system files and RAID10 8TB for storage + backup. SSD system drive is partitioned as follows: fdisk -l /dev/sdb Disk /dev/sdb: 300.1 GB, 300069052416 bytes 255 ...
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How to clone/copy all file/directory attributes onto different file/directory?

I want to copy the attributes (ownership, group, ACL, extended attributes, etc.) of one directory to another but not the directory contents itself. This does not work: cp -v --attributes-only A B ...
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How to backup (make a copy of) LiveCD changes?

Many LiveCD distributions (for example Lubuntu 12.10 I use) allow making changes, for example updating timezone, logging in to Google Chrome, updating and installing additional packages such as ...
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Clear unused space with zeros (ext3,ext4)

How to clear unused space with zeros ? (ext3,ext4) I'm looking for something smarter than cat /dev/zero > /mnt/X/big_zero ; sync; rm /mnt/X/big_zero Like FSArchiver is looking for "used space" ...
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Unzipping appearing to fail

I run: ~$ gzip -d Mom.img.gz ^C ~$ I created Mom.img.gz by piping a dd to gzip. Should I be seeing output? I tried it with the GUI too, and the progress bar didn't move.
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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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“hard-linking” parts of a big file in which only a small part has changed

I use rsync to make backups: rsync -a --link-dest=PATHTO/$PREVIOUSBACKUP $SOURCE $CURRENTBACKUP This way I save space due to using hard links. The problem appears when I need to backup a huge file ...
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Best mechanism for logging in and uploading backup files

I have a server that I want to regularly backup. I create backups with encrypted tar using OpenSSL, and now I want to connect to my home server and upload my backed up files there. I need a ...
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Clear unused space with zeros (btrfs)

How to clear unused space with zeros ? (I am asking for tool for btrfs filesystem) I'm looking for something smarter than cat /dev/zero > /mnt/X/big_zero ; sync; rm /mnt/X/big_zero Like ...
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Symlinks and permissions in backup archives

I installed linux on another computer and I want to move my /home directory to that computer. I want to backup that directory with any file permission, symlinks etc. how should I do it? Are there any ...
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Which media to use for backing up data of my laptop? [closed]

I work at home on my laptop installed with Windows 7 & Ubuntu 13.04. I have stopped working on Windows since much time & would continue to work on Linux only. I have all my important data in ...
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Copy files without changing owner [duplicate]

How to copy all files from /var/www onto a flash disk without changing owners of folders in the /var/www folder? (Or how to insert the whole /var/www folder into an archive and put it onto a flash ...
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Can't run rsync with an EncFS'ed folder

I am trying to sync a folder, but each time I try, I get the following: oshiro@debian:/var/www$ sudo rsync -av --delete --dry-run /var/www/ /home/oshiro/backup/www/ [sudo] password for oshiro: ...
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How to list backup files missing corresponding real files?

I accidentally deleted some files spread across my home directory, but I do not know exactly which ones were removed. How can I get a list of all backup files missing their corresponding file? ...
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How to display next schedule time for a TSM node?

0:root@SERVER:/SERVER/fs_111 # dsmc q schedule IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Command Line Backup-Archive Client Interface Client Version 6, Release 4, Level 0.1 Client date/time: 03/09/2014 ...
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LVM Snapshot without copy-on-write

I've been experimenting with LVM and how I can use it for managing data on my NFS server. With everything that I've read about snapshots, I am still unsure about how they perform in real life. Why ...
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Basic rsync command for bit-identical copies

As far as I undstand, the following command: sudo rsync --delete -azvr /home/oshiro/Desktop/source/ /home/oshiro/Desktop/destination Is this all I need to create a simple synchronisation of files ...
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Snapshot of drive

Does technology exist which allows you to take an instantanious snapshot of a drive? At the moment, I am using dd which takes a few minutes to create an image of a usb drive to my hdd. Is it ...
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Best solution advice for backup to NAS over WAN

What is the best solution for daily backup of linux folder to NAS server over WAN? Here is situation: My customer has expressed a wish that source code for his project must be backed up every day on ...
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Help with using rsync or cpio to do an incremental backup [duplicate]

I'm trying to do an incremental backup of all files on my NAS box that where modified in the last 24 hours (or so, can be more flexible). I'm using PuTTY to connect through SSH to a ReadyNAS 102 ...
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Backup of svn repository and mysql database on daily basis

How do I instruct Ubuntu 13.10 server to: zip svn repository dump mysql database into .sql script tar both files copy backup tar onto sdb disk Are there any premade tools for such kind of ...
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How can i keep the mtime of files and directories in bash when I use rsync or cp? For use in Backup/Incremental Backup

I have a new NAS box and after looking through numerous backup solutions I've found doing it manually through PuTTy to work the best. After logging in to the box through PuTTy as root, I first need ...
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Restoring a big partition to a smaller partition with Clonezilla

Some time ago I created a backup of an EXT4 partition with Clonezilla. Now the HDD crashed and I lost some important data. The size of the image of the partition is 50GB. I tried to restore this ...
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Automatically backup usb drive to computer

I am trying to create a personal sync system for my project. I don't want to use something like dropbox, bittorrent sync, owncloud etc for various reasons. At the moment, I have my computers setup ...
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Use logrotate to store 7 daily, 4 weekly and 12 yearly db backups

I've been trying to use logrotate to store a database backup for: last 7 days (daily) last 4 weeks (weekly) last 12 months (monthly) I've done a logrotate script like this, but only the daily ...
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Wine and mime type association backup and restore

I'm going to replace Ubuntu with Arch Linux on my laptop and I want to reformat it. But I want to save ma wine prefixes as I have installed some windows programs that I need. I have gzipped my .wine* ...
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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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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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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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System image of running Debian system?

Is it possible to backup a running Debian system to some kind of image file that could simply be written back to another hard disk using dd in case of failures of the original (backed up) debian ...
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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 ...