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    Best backup software - Once again!!

    What is your favorite backup software if you want to sync/transfer all your data from your home folder to external drive?

    I have have tried Grsync, Unison, and Simplebackup.

    Grsync- superfast but i don't know how to exclude and include the folders.

    Unison - i like it but its extremely slow.

    sbackup - didn't like it.

    One of the problem with backup is if you change the name of files the software has to transfer it (redundancy).

    What's your opinion and suggestions?
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    Re: Best backup software - Once again!!

    My backups are just make an iso of the drive, and store it on an external hard drive.
    I probably need to get a 1TB external drive soon...
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    Re: Best backup software - Once again!!

    You can exclude files using grsync by adding something like "--exclude-from=".grsync/exclude"" in the Additional options field under the Advanced Options tab. Then just make a file in ~/.grsync called "exclude" and put path and or file names to exclude in the file, 1 per line.

    To answer the question, I used to like Sbackup, but I found it to be slightly buggy and not a very active project. I recently came across a really nice backup program called Déjà Dup. I only have 2 minor complaints about it. 1) since it doesn't run as root it can't handle situations where you don't have permissions to access a file, though I hear this may be planned for a future release. And 2) it doesn't seem to compress the on-disk data. For a single user system it works really good. If you're looking for something for a multi-user system it probably won't work as well.
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    Re: Best backup software - Once again!!

    Just rsync.
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    Re: Best backup software - Once again!!

    I built a FreeNAS system on couple of drives, FreeNAS boots from a 2GB drive & all files are stored on a 1TB drive. They are in drive drawers that I install in my tower when I want to back up, after which I shut down No.2. box & remove the drives to protect them from any kind of power spikes.

    The other software that I've recently used to clone a 320GB (to a 1.5TB drive that went back into the iMac as an upgrade) that had fat32, HPS+, Ext3 & JFS filesystems on it was Clonezilla, it did a perfect job.

    Clonezilla has many options, is really easy to use from its LiveCD & is what I would use if I was cloning images of partitions for backup. Which I will do one day, when I get around to buying a 2TB external drive.

    I will clone the 6 or so systems we have here onto it, & then continue to use FreeNAS for backing up the data. Then I'll have a really quick reinstall solution if one of the systems becomes unrepairable or the drive fails.

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    Re: Best backup software - Once again!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Warpnow View Post
    Just rsync.
    This is what I use. No GUI to use grsync. Unless it's web-based. (My other admin tools are web-based)
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    Re: Best backup software - Once again!!

    I just use copy paste. Why go through all the hassle of a program to simply copy files?

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    Re: Best backup software - Once again!!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNessus View Post
    I just use copy paste. Why go through all the hassle of a program to simply copy files?
    That's what I do with FreeNAS, I just use Worker, the two pane dirutil, so I can see my source & destination directories (in this case workstation & FreeNAS) & any details that may interest me regarding date/time, permissions & such. Select the files/directories that I want to move or whatever...

    I personally prefer the visual method it makes it a lot less likely that I'll make a mistake, or miss something.

    If I was dealing with a lot of data, I would probably be using rsync or something of that ilk; as it is I don't have to spend much time keeping up to date backups in our home.

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    Re: Best backup software - Once again!!

    Quote Originally Posted by FuturePilot View Post
    You can exclude files using grsync by adding something like "--exclude-from=".grsync/exclude"" in the Additional options field under the Advanced Options tab. Then just make a file in ~/.grsync called "exclude" and put path and or file names to exclude in the file, 1 per line.

    To answer the question, I used to like Sbackup, but I found it to be slightly buggy and not a very active project. I recently came across a really nice backup program called Déjà Dup. I only have 2 minor complaints about it. 1) since it doesn't run as root it can't handle situations where you don't have permissions to access a file, though I hear this may be planned for a future release. And 2) it doesn't seem to compress the on-disk data. For a single user system it works really good. If you're looking for something for a multi-user system it probably won't work as well.
    Thanks the above command worked for me. How about if i want to add an include from command?

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