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    I got an old notebook external, 250GB. I thought it might be convenient to use it as maybe some sort of backup for my PC here. I've had it for many years...probably 6. It's been shelved for 4+.

    Would this be a good use for it and how would I go about doing this? Thanks.

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    Re: How to use an external drive only for backups?

    USB? Install a backup program, eg, Back-in-Time and plug it in.

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    Re: How to use an external drive only for backups?

    If indeed for a system back up on XFCE and using such a tool as suggested by ml9104, it should be a mount in your fstab config.
    It won't auto=mount which will cause problems with any back up tool used.
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    Re: How to use an external drive only for backups?

    A USB drive would normally auto-mount and Back-in-Time has no problems with that (unless it's unplugged).
    Let's see what the OP returns with.

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    Re: How to use an external drive only for backups?

    yep for manual back-up no problem, >>>automated or scheduled back-ups will need the mount in fstab>>>at least in my case usage.
    Code:
    cat /etc/fstab
    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a device; this may
    # be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices that works even if
    # disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
    #
    # <file system>             <mount point>  <type>  <options>  <dump>  <pass>
    UUID=7B02-353A                            /boot/efi      vfat    defaults,noatime 0 2
    UUID=1b6cb1b8-4a0e-41aa-b6e3-23e8abd75cf8 /              ext4    defaults,noatime 0 1
    /swapfile                                 swap           swap    defaults   0 0
    /dev/disk/by-uuid/be93f3dc-cd54-4321-9a9f-558c1317fc44 /mnt/be93f3dc-cd54-4321-9a9f-558c1317fc44 auto nosuid,nodev,nofail,x-gvfs-show 0 0
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    Re: How to use an external drive only for backups?

    I prefer systemd automounts myself.

    Code:
    192.168.1.2:/backups /backups nfs defaults,noauto,x-systemd.automount,x-systemd.idle-timeout=30 0 0

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    Re: How to use an external drive only for backups?

    Thanks for the replies. I was planning on just plugging her in and letting it be. Just to get some use out of it. So Back-In-Time is what I should use?

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    Re: How to use an external drive only for backups?

    Quote Originally Posted by greensage13 View Post
    So Back-In-Time is what I should use?
    As one choice, also another easy to use app is TimeShift or Borgbackup or even just rsync.
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    Re: How to use an external drive only for backups?

    If you do choose eventually to just plug it in and let it automount it is essential to label the partition on the external drive to make sure it always mounts to the same /media/label folder.

    Without that, and depending on what else might be attached, the disk could easily move from /dev/sdb to dev/sdc etc etc, meaning the backup application can not find the correct disk.

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    Re: How to use an external drive only for backups?

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    If you do choose eventually to just plug it in and let it automount it is essential to label the partition on the external drive to make sure it always mounts to the same /media/label folder.

    Without that, and depending on what else might be attached, the disk could easily move from /dev/sdb to dev/sdc etc etc, meaning the backup application can not find the correct disk.
    Never had this problem in my life.

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