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Thread: Advice on which files should be backed up

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008

    Advice on which files should be backed up

    All HDD will eventually give up the ghost (Confusius 400 BC).

    To prevent much teeth gnashing and hair pulling, I believe it is a wise move to have backed up all files which might be needed and which can't be easily replaced or replicated by a new clean installation and installing available apps again.

    But; which folders/files should be back up - forgetting the rubbish and data files created since the beginning? (What to do with them is probably more an issue of emotion rather than necessity).

    I would appreciate any advice on this subject. Storage space is not a problem, nor is time to backup.
    Last edited by ibates; June 15th, 2013 at 06:45 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Sydney, Australia

    Re: Advice on which files should be backed up

    few important directories to back up in a Linux file system are /etc, /home , /var . Always good to have them backed up.

    You can also take a snapshot of the installed packages every now and then.
    dpkg --get-selections > installedPackages.dat
    and also "The Tao of Backup".
    “Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things”
    — Robert A. Heinlein

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2006

    Re: Advice on which files should be backed up

    I would suggest that user created data ie your family photographs, your own and purchased music and I am sure you can think of many more examples should I think be your first concern as a system can always be recreated via a new install. This may help I have used Deja Dup but please remember It is a good idea to verify backups and if possible store them on an external device.

    Last edited by tubbygweilo; April 30th, 2013 at 09:32 AM. Reason: change a link

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2008

    Re: Advice on which files should be backed up

    Thank you for your advice. It is welcomed and will be heeded.

    This question is now SOLVED.


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