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  1. #1
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    Oct 2012

    [solved] How to restore a backup on a different system?

    Hey folks,

    i'm a Linux noob. So, i get stuff installed and updated, but don't know what to do when problems arise.

    My gf's thinkpad just broke, apparently a motherboard failure; it's already shipped for warranty repair. However, of course there is *important* data which needs to be restored before the weekend on the external hard drive.

    So, she used the build-in Ubuntu (12.04) backup program, i don't know which that might be (deja dup? something different?). On the external drive we do find a lot of files named like
    duplicity-full.20121012T123017Z.vol1.difftar.gz and one corresponding .manifest file as well.

    And now the big question: How to get to this data?

    On my second laptop, i got Linux Mint (12) installed. After searching the net, i found and typed this into the terminal:
    for t in duplicity-full.XXXInsertNumberHereXXX.*.difftar.gz; do tar xf $t; done
    It took a while, but i ended up with a "multivol_snapshot" folder and a "snapshot" folder. However, apparently not all files were restored, some of the important stuff is still missing.

    What am I doing wrong? Any suggestions?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Last edited by applepiefork; October 31st, 2012 at 08:39 AM.

  2. #2
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    Oct 2012

    Re: How to restore a backup on a different system?

    Okay then, got everything restored. It was just a matter of using the correct backup application.
    As Linux Mint gives me 2 different ways of performing a backup, of course i first tried the wrong one - simply called "Datensicherung" (in german, maybe "Data backup"?), which after 10 hours (!!) finished with a "multivol_snapshot" and "snapshot" folder as well, as well with missing files (as stated above).
    Then there was the "Backup" - setting (!, confusingly not to be found under applications), where i was able to choose "restore" and restore the entire backup.

    Is there an easy to handle (!) backup solution where it's possible to restore a single file/folder instead of the entire backup?
    (the Deja-Dup - solution of recovering a single file doesn't help here, where i needed to restore a single file/folder to a *different* system)


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    Cullinan , Gauteng
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: How to restore a backup on a different system?

    Not sure how you gonna do that now with that current backup files to a different system.

    But for future reference look into rsync / grsync for backups. It makes straight copies
    of your files and makes it very easy to get just 1 file to any other system restored.

    Your problem is exactly the reason why I don't like "backup programs". It's always an issue when you need just a few files restored to another system that doesn't run that exact same backup system.
    I5 3ghz , 16gig RAM, Nvidia Geforce GT610 1gig

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