Ubuntu :: Best Backup Method - Copy Drive Image Or Use Utility
Jul 8, 2011
I just got a 2TB drive with the intention of backing up multiple Ubuntu machines to it. What would be the best way to do this, keeping ease of restoration in mind? Should I just copy each drive image to the BU drive, or use a utility like Back in Time?
I am working from a laptop where all my work is stored on a 80GB drive. I am now also an owner of an external 250GB USB hard drive, formatted with FAT32. I want to keep it FAT32, so that I can offer some of my files to people that run Mac OS or Windows and I don't want to have them install ext3 for windows and what not.I am in need of a strategy which will allow me to keep a mirror of my laptop drive on my new external drive, i.e. no history / versioning required. However, I do care about file permissions. The files don't have to be stored as-is, they can be stored within a large (80GB?) tar file, that is fine - it would be easier for me to coerce people to open a .tar file than to install an ext3 driver for their OS, I suppose. I don't think I can keep file permissions otherwise, can I?
I have previously used a self-written sh script that used rsync to keep an up-to-date copy of my laptop filesystem on a USB flash drive, but in that case I had the flash drive formatted with ext3, so no problem with file permissions there. This time, it's trickier.
I have a fresh install of Ubuntu 10.04 and have configured it the way I like. Is there a way I can make a restore image to use for backups? I know there's software like Acronis for Windows to make bootable images, can you do something similar in Linux?
I have a new HP ML150 G6 Server. I had some trouble getting CentOS to recognise the RAID array, but with some help from a LQ user, I got it sorted :-)Now I need to make an exact copy of the system. Normally I would use Acronis Echo Workstation, or the newer Acronis Backup and Recovery 10. However, this software doesn't recognise the RAID array eitherAcronis tell me that they can't help as HP won't supply the source code for the driver, and a quick phone call to HP Support confirms this.So, finally you might say, I come to my question: Is there a Linux based tool that can perform the same action as Acronis? Or... does anyone know of alternative software that would do the trick
I am pretty much a noob when it comes to Linux. But I desperately need to do exactly what the title of this thread says.I have this ISO file which is a bootable CD image. But instead of booting off of a CD, I want to boot from a USB flash drive. I understand that I can't simply just burn it with ImgBurn or whatever, and then just drag and drop the files and folder to a USB flash drive. Because hidden files, bootloader, etc. would not be visible and not copied. I know I'm in for some special software in order to copy every single byte from that ISO image to my USB flash drive.
I did try extracting the ISO with PeaZip (7-zip based) under Windows Vista, but that didn't work out very well. It resulted in a few files and folders, totaling in at about 2 KB, while the source ISO file is actually some 50 MB. WinRAR, on the other hand, would simply just create an empty folder where to put the files (no files created/extracted), flash before my eyes and call it a day ("complete").I have learned from other posters on other forums that there is this Unilx program/command called DD. How can I use DD to accomplish this task?
I used Clonezilla an older version not the latest to backup an entire NTFS Windows XP drive to DVD last year. I have a series of three (3) of these DVD's but now cannot restore the backup image back to the same PC. The problem is that when booting with Clonezilla I don't have an option to restore from a CD or DVD drive since the computer comes with two working CD/DVD drives that are detected by the BIOS when the POST is displayed. I used one of these drives to boot with Clonezilla and the other one containing the backup image Disk 1 of Disk 3. Clonezilla only detects the two hard drives and a USB drive which is removable. Is there a bug in the restore process because it allowed me to backup the entire image of the hard drive onto a DVD last year but this time around there are no CD or DVD drive options available to choose other then the CD drive Clonezilla was used to boot up.
I have a 160GB harddrive which I installed a F12, would like to upgrade to a bigger drive, but I hate to have to re-install everything.
Recommend a good disk copy utility? The utility should be able to not only copy files, but boot sector and everything. So I just need to make a copy, change my BIOS to boot from the new drive and run everything as before.
Image Hard drive Ubuntu Operating system 9.10 Complete back up and restore. Changing over Hard Drives need a complete back up not just save files. So the image can be restored on any hard drive that restores the computer to its original state before it was imaged.
How many of you guys use Back In Time as your backup utility? I tried using it, and it doesn't copy all of the folder contents to the backup drive in one pass. For example, it will copy 26 out of 80-ish gigs of data. To further complete the backup, I have to hit the "Take a snapshot" button to do another pass to add more data to the snapshots. I have to do this a couple times to get all the data.Does anyone else have this issue?
[UPDATE] It appears to copy all of the files at once, so long as you only select one backup location at a time. I was backing up an entire multimedia drive, my home directory, and my usb drive. When I had it set to only do the multimedia drive, it copied all of the files, whereas it wouldn't if I had set it up to back up all 3 locations at the same time. I guess the lesson here is to backup one location, then add another, get another snapshot, and repeat.
I have a computer running Ubuntu 9.10 as a server (it is in standard Ubuntu not Ubuntu server edition). I have 4 1TB hard drives, three of which I want to back up to on certain days of the week. I have tried using Lucky-Backup and Rsync but neither seem to be able to handle the amount of data (there is currently about 400GB). Does anyone know of a program that can run scheduled backups of this size?
Can anyone recommend a good native backup utility for 10.04. I would like compression, the ability to image partitions and/or drives and a simple way to restore in the event of total drive failure. A nice incremental backup facility would be good too. I would be backing up to an external USB hard drive but of a smaller size than the source drive so compression and the ability to choose what and what not to backup is needed.
I'm running ubuntu 9.04 64-bit server and am looking to backup my entire OS drive. I've got a 200GB main drive, and a 1TB storage drive mounted at /storage. I'm already good as far as setting up backups of my data - but redoing all of my settings and software would be a nightmare in the event of a HD failure.
So what I'm looking for is a command line utility to do an image of the main 200gb drive to an external usb drive. The software needs to function similar to the Windows Vista/7 System Image utility or DriveImage XML and be able to make the images without shutting down. The best I've found so far was [URL], but it uses a GUI, and doesn't support large files.
I want to copy data from one source drive to three or more destination drive simultaneously. I tried with dd command. But it copy entire Hard disk. Its take long time to copy entire disk. i need the utility or software to copy one source to multi destination simultaneously and fast manner
I want to backup data and upload to online hosting services.Since I'm uploading stuff online, I only want to upload encrypted data (so that even the hostiing service admins cannot look at the data).Thus, I first want to encyrpt my data locally that I want to backup. Since I will be making changes locally to the data, I want some sort of incremental imaging system where the incremental changes are stored in seperate files so that I only have to upload the incremental encrypted changes.
Duplicity is an option, but it uses GPG, which makes it a bit complicated; and I was wondering if there was any alternative which was simpler as I am only doing the encryption and backup locally.
I have been having a problem with K9 Copy whenever I try to convert a DVD to MPEG files using the method without encoding, but for some reason lately it seems to be splitting each episode I am trying to rip into about 6 or 7 pieces instead of just one.
I never usually have a problem with this, but for some reason it seems to be doing this whenever I try to rip something. I am running on Obuntu 9.10 and have K9Copy version 2.3.0 installed. I have tried installing several other versions, but it does the same thing with each.
I've got a Canon Full HD video camera which records in .mts file format which is in H.264 codec. However I can't write my videos into DVD from the Pixela image utility which is the default bundle software distributed with the camera. I'm trying to find a way to convert my mts files into DVD formats (such as .vob or .mpg). Does anybody know about a software I can use in Ubuntu.
I'm trying to use wget to retrieve some data from our tape backup utility (HP Command View 1/8 G2 Autoloader). The URL requires two parameters for the info I want to retrieve. I have searched for a few hours and have tried numerous combinations to get the data but the parameters aren't being executed. I have escaped the URL as well.
I want to backup data and upload to online hosting services. I first want to encyrpt my data locally that I want to backup. Since I will be making changes locally to the data, I want some sort of incremental imaging system where the incremental changes are stored in seperate files so that I only have to upload the incremental encrypted changes. Duplicity is an option, but it uses GPG, which makes it a bit complicated; and I was wondering if there was any alternative which was simpler as I am only doing the encryption and backup locally.
EDIT:I have only ONE computer on which the data resides, and on which the backup image image is made. That is, I have a directory foo on my computer, the backup of which will be made to back-foo on the same computer. I want back-foo to be in an encypted form Then back-foo will be uploaded (unencrypted) to microsft live storage or to spideroak storage etc. Since back-foo is encrypted, my upload is secure. And since I'm uploading, I want incremental backup support, that is, the backup utility should create new files which contain the incremental changes so that I can upload only the new files which contain the changes.
Sometimes I need to copy a huge directory to another directory (local filesystem), and usually I will use the "cp" or "rsync" commands. These commands are good, but depending on the size of the data being copied, the copy is painfully slow. I realize we are limited because of the hardware we have with it's limitations, ie, I/O speed, and the filesystem (which is usually ext3). Are there any other utilities that maybe not well known, but can handle copying large amounts of data? (mostly in the TB range)
I'm looking for a way to copy and archive 10 years worth of message history from a Yahoo Group. With some changes in the yahoo group format coming in the future my group has concerns. I can copy a page at a time but it is not practical. how to go about it. I'm nearly clueless and am told that it can't be done.
iam trying to send sms using gnokii utility in linux firstly i did sudo apt-get install gnokii after that i got a gnokiirc.gz file in /usr/share/doc/gnokii/sample/gnokiirc.gz file here after that i did gunzip gnokiirc.gz then i transferred my file from the /usr/share/doc/gnokii/sample to home directory by using copy command as copying files to home is not allowed so i used sudo sudo cp gnokii /home after that i changed the port=/dev/ttyUSB2 and model=AT in the gnokiirc file in the home directory and then i wrote gnokii --identify
i followed as in the [URL] and [URL] and except this "Note that you will need read/write permissions on whatever serial port you specify in .gnokiirc."(iam confused what is my serial port is it ttyUSB2)