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    Backing up for beginners

    Hey Everyone


    Could you guys suggest the best way/app to back up my Ubuntu system? I was also wondering if there was any way of backing up applications as well.

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    Re: Backing up for beginners

    to backup settings for your applications, you go into the relevant /home/username folder, show hidden files by pressing Ctrl + H, copy-paste all the stuff you want/need. they will be in the main folder, .config, and .kde

    best to ignore .cache and .local

    there are backup applications available, but as i have never used them, i cannot really say.

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    Re: Backing up for beginners

    discussion of alternatives/strategy backups
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BackupYourSystem

    It almost is too many choices and methods.
    Some like full images using clonezilla or similar applications.
    Others prefer incremental backups.
    And many combine them.

    I use rsync and backup /home and some other settings and a list of installed apps. I assume I will just do a new clean install and restore data, so I do not need a full image backup.


    Full image backups
    http://clonezilla.org/
    Free Imaging software - CloneZilla & PartImage - Tutorial
    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/f..._software.html
    http://www.geekconnection.org/remastersys/
    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/remastersys
    Tar backup script:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/server...llscripts.html


    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/rsync#Grsync


    Originally Posted by MountainX View Post #20 also other backup apps
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ghlight=backup
    Sample rsync file, use a text editor and paste into a file & name it mybackup.sh


    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/rsync
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CronHowto
    Oldfred's list of stuff to backup May 2011:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1748541


    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Backing up for beginners

    i love grsync, very fast and easy to use try a dry run first just so you don't erase anything vital. any help needed contact me

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    Re: Backing up for beginners

    Easier option mount a external hard disk and transfer your data to it or drop box

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    Re: Backing up for beginners

    If you just transfer it every time you back up everything gets copied again. With grsync it is incremental, you only copy new or changed files. I do 230GB so means I back up in a few mins if it was all copied each time it would take forever.

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    Re: Backing up for beginners

    Or just good old rsync:

    Code:
    rsync -az /home/cortman/mystuff /media/my_backup_drive
    for example.

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    Re: Backing up for beginners

    You can also go to System Settings, and choose Backup.
    Last edited by bashhimup; April 1st, 2013 at 08:47 PM.

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    Re: Backing up for beginners

    I like back in time. It makes incremental backups, so after the first time it is quite fast and it remains easy to browse through the past as it shows you all of your files as they were at a given date. Very friendly.

    Besides browser favorites I don't backup any applications. Not sure if it would be easy or good to install from backup since apt keeps track of your installs and versions too. Linux programs are usually spread through the file system and many share libraries. You can backup their settings but the entire app is probably not very workable.

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