Making copies of data so that the copies may be used to restore the original after a data loss event, or for historical retention.

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Does Mac OS X's “Time Machine” back up all partitions on a dual-boot machine?

I have a dual-boot MacBook Pro with multiple partitions - of which most are not MacOS partitions. I'd like to have a backup program that backs up the entire drive including all partitions. Can Time ...
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How to burn files to cd while running Knoppix?

I can't open the cd drive because Knoppix is using it. Is there a way round this?
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including files in a symlink directory when backing up with duplicity

I'm backing up using Duplicity, great tool. I'm unable to include files in the backup that are within a directory that is a symlink. Using the following: duplicity <dup args> --include ...
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What is the difference between an Incremental and a Differential Backup?

The backup utility on Windows XP gives you a number of backup options. Amoungst these options are: - Incremental - Differential What is the difference between these two options?
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How do you back up multiple terabytes of data? [closed]

While asking this question about a home NAS, Matt Rogish questioned my backup strategy for all this encoded video, and I had no answer. It seems that burning DVDs would be very time consuming. Also, ...
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Upgrading disks in a RAID1 Synology 2-bay drive

I have a Synology 2-bay 211j NAS with 2x1TB HDD installed as single RAID 1 volume. I'm running out of space, so I'd like to upgrade my NAS with 2x3TB HDDs. Is there any easy way to copy all data from ...
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fstab: When do you use the “dump” and “fsck” options?

I found a great tutorial on how to use fstab: http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/fstab.html Using this tutorial, I was able to successfully get my SIMPLE mounting needs working. But during the ...
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Internal or external drive for backup?

I've got a spare drive, and thinking about using it to keep as an internal bootable backup to replace my current external bootable backup. It would free up an external drive, and a usb port. Is there ...
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Linux: Alternative to rsync? (ie, scp with resume)

I've been using rsync to automatically send files from one box to another, which is great compared to scp, since it supports resuming. However, when resuming a very large file (>10gb) rsync has to ...
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How do I make a backup of Windows 8?

Coming from MacOS X (with Time Machine) back to Windows 8, I'm wondering how I can make good (useful) backups of Windows 8 and my data?
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How do I split a large MySql backup file into multiple files?

I have a 250 MB backup SQL file but the limit on the new hosting is only 100 MB ... Is there a program that let's you split an SQL file into multiple SQL files? It seems like people are answering ...
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Backing up IMAP based email via with Mac

I have a few years of email saved on my email hosting providers IMAP servers. I would like to make a local backup copy of all those emails for archival purposes. I also need to be able to search ...
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Why am I not able to create a backup plan for TFS?

I am trying to create a backup plan using the TFS Power Tools but I keep running into this error message: I have checked that the account has Full Control on the share, I can edit, create and delete ...
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Windows Backup & Restore: What to Keep from AppData?

A couple years ago, my father made a backup of one of our computers using Windows Backup and Restore. It was either Windows Vista or Windows 7, not sure which. He backed up the entire computer, ...
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How to clone a Win7 boot partition onto the SAME hard drive?

I want to have two or even three clones of my operating system partition on the same hard drive. No I don't want the clones on different hard drives. I want three partitions on one hard drive, two of ...
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Restoring Windows System Image Backup to a different hard disk

My SSD died. Fortunately, before the crash, I made a System Image backup (to a USB hard disk) using Windows 7's built-in backup tool. The SSD has been replaced (with exactly the same model and ...
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Mounting truecrypt system partition copied to USB drive

I'm rather baffled by this one. I am using Windows Vista and am running truecrypt version 6.2a system encryption with pre-boot authentication for the C: only. I have a D: which is not encrypted. ...
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How do I know if an image I've created of my machine is accurate and complete?

I created an image of my machine (using Clonezilla) so that I could put a new operating system onto my machine and still have everything backed up. How can I tell if the clone was accurate and ...
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How to properly image a truecrypt system partition?

A couple of times now I have imaged a truecrypt system partition in windows. When the system has crashed on me I've attempted to recover the system only for truecrypt to not boot the recovered system. ...
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Fileserver, home backup solutions

Given that the next version of Windows Home Server isn't going to support Drive Extender (no single storage pool, no software data redundancy) I'm investigating alternative solutions Requirements ...
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Git and sub repositories

Is there anyway to force git to include files and directories in other repositories that are residing somewhere within the current repository? The reason I ask is that I have a layout that is ...
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Uploading large folders to Dropbox from external hard drive

I've got a puzzling dilemma that I've been trying to solve for weeks. I want to backup about 500 GBs from an external hard drive to my Dropbox Pro account. My computer's hard drive is nowhere near ...
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How can I test a restore from a Windows 7 backup?

I've set up backups for my PC using Windows 7's built in scheduled backup feature that backs up to a NAS I purchased. All seems to be going well but I can't sleep well until I'm sure my backups will ...
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How large of a USB stick do I need to create the “data media” using Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools?

I just bought a Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Tablet (4294) and I'm trying to use the Factory Recovery Disks application within Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools to create "boot media" and "data media", but I don't ...
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Time Capsule & Encrypted Backups under OS X Lion

How can I have an encrypted Time Machine backup on my Time Capsule? The option is in Time Machine preferences, but greyed out. Anyone know of hacks/workarounds to make this work?
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Queries related to the new Windows 8 File History feature

I've been playing around a bit with Windows 8's new File History feature. It's really disappointing that it can't be enabled for files outside of the specified locations, but I guess that can't be ...
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Backup client for Windows: open source, rsync and VSS

I'm looking for a sync/backup client for Windows with: Open source license (BSD/GPL) rsync deltas to a remote rsync server VSS support Command line interface is preferred to a GUI. The less of ...
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windows 7 backup failure insufficiant disk space

Windows 7 backup fails and gives me the message that there is insufficient disk space. I have over 2oo gigs of free space on one drive and 900 on the other.
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How to make TaskScheduler fail when the task returns result different from 0

I have a backup task that fails with a non zero result, yet Task Scheduler says that it executed the task correctly. Is there any way to tell Task Scheduler that the task failed?
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Does Unison socket mode support ipv6

I have been using Unison for quite some time now for synchronizing data between my machines, and I am very happy with it. Now I need to synchronize two new machines connected via ipv6, but they won't ...
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How to reuse backup on Time Machine on Snow Leopard after a logic board change, after choosing wrong option on popup

After my logic board was replaced, I connected my laptop back to my network, and Time Machine gave me a popup, as shown on this thread: ...
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Copying all contents of one computer to put onto another [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What utility can move my Windows boot partition over to another hard drive? I have a laptop running Windows XP, full of work-specific applications, developed in-house ...
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Sync data between two disks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to sync data on two hard drives? I'm looking for programs to sync two hard disk. For example I want to make backup every month from internal hard disk to external ...
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Wireless NAS options?

I'm looking for a wireless NAS that I can put in my attic? However I can only find a handful of options, each with their own pro's and con's. The D-Link DSM-G600 enclosure sounds good, but you have ...
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Backup extensions, bookmarks and other customizations from Google Chrome

I am reinstalling my OS and I would like to keep the list of installed extensions, bookmarks and other customizations in my Google Chrome browser. How can I re-create the setup on the new system?
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Filetype “.bak” starts with “TAPE”

I realize this isn't strictly a programming question, but I have a file with the extension .bak, and the file starts with "TAPE". What program produced this?
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What are other ways to backup my files if I do not have an external drive?

Well I can't afford an external drive to put my stuff in. And I would really like to start fresh and format my Windows 7 laptop. I was thinking of storing everything in a torrent and upload it ...
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Put date into backup .tar.gz filename

I'd like to run a simple tar command to backup my website directory. It will run through cron, but I want to be able to put the time at which the backup was made as the filename. I don't really mind ...
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How should I set up my home file server?

I'd like to set up a home server for three purposes: Backing up a couple of local computers that are unlikely to ever exceed 500 GB of data each (highest priority). Serving up files on the LAN - ...
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Incremental/Differential Backup on Windows

What's the easiet way to perform an incremental/differential backup to a network share in Windows? Does a Robocopy/Xcopy solution work reasonably well (I need to the parameters!) or is there a good ...
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backup flashdrive

Is there a utility I can use that will take a backup of my flash drive every time I insert it into the computer with out me having to take any action? I would prefer something that runs on Mac and ...
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How do I image my hard drive for backup? Or do I just need to backup the files?

I have never imaged a hard drive, so I don't know how to prepare my system for imaging. Is this the best way to backup? In the past, I've always just kept a copy of my important files on an external ...
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Promise Pegasus report dead after power failure

After a power failure the Promise Pegasus R4 reports all disks drives as dead. But this is almost impossible! Is there any way to "reset" the Promise Pegasus without losing all data? The unit is ...
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How do I make my own online storage server?

I have an external hard drive and I want to make it accessible on the web for a few friends so they can backup more easily. I use Windows 7 Pro. What would be the best, simplest and most secure ...
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Looking for fault-tolerant, multi-CD/DVD burning software [closed]

A few years back, I saw an open-source application that created fault-tolerant, multi-CD backup sets. The thought was that if a few sectors went bad on one CD, the data could be reconstructed from ...
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What is the best way to backup a DVD for XBMC?

I have XBMC running on a Mac mini running OS X, and I'd like to make our DVDs (and eventually our video cassettes) accessible, so that our five-year-old can start her movies by herself. I first tried ...
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change directory to network drive in Cygwin

I have a new wireless router in my home and have a 3 TB drive hooked up to it. I would like to write a backup script in cygwin which will copy over any changed files to the external HD. For starters, ...
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Which is more efficient: rsync over ssh or rsync to a drive mounted locally via ssh tunnel

I am trying to set up some scripts to perform nightly backups to a remote drive. I'm wondering if it is better (when considering both efficiency and data integrity) to: A: rsync over an ssh tunnel, ...
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Browse files backed up with duplicity?

I backed up a long time ago (have been traveling for a few months and moving) with duplicity. My ubuntu installation broke, so I 'fixed' it by having it overwrite my Windows partition, even though I ...
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Saving the state of a VirtualBox virtual machine from command line?

I am using VirtualBox on Windows. Is there a way to make a script that will close the VM and "save the state"? Or even just tell the VM to shutdown? Non-sequitur: I know you can open the VM from ...