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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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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Best media for long-term backup without access : USB key vs DVD vs SD card vs HDD vs SSD vs …? [closed]

Consider that one want to keep a backup of some data by placing a media in a secret place (under earth, in a rock, in a wall...). What would be the best media with the best long term data stability ...
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Is there an equivalent to OSX time machine in Windows 8?

I have heard that Windows 8 is providing a tool like time machine of Mac. What is it called in Windows and how does it work?
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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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Best Way to Archive Digital Photos and Avoid Duplicate File Names

This problem pertains to archiving of digital pictures taken from multiple cameras. Answers here covered the general topic of the-mechanics-of-backups: How do you archive digital photos and ...
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Covenience/Cost/Life expectancy of storage media [closed]

I may decide to pick up the battle of advocating for the use of external hard drives instead of Blu-ray discs for data backup. External hard drive: I can get a commercial (consumer) 1TB hard drive ...
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Ubuntu: Should I backup the entire home directory?

Does it make sense to backup the entire /home directory? Or should I selectively backup the config files I want to retain? If I reinstall the OS, is it safe to use the previous /home directory if ...
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Can I make my PC backup and then sleep on demand with WHS?

I really hate the way that WHS backs up at a particular time in the morning. First of all I don't EVER want my computer turning on when I am not there. EVER. I have a Core-i7 laptop which literally ...
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Can't attach VHD

I think I may be experiencing that horrible moment when the backup fails. Somewhere hiding on this VHD is an SQL database I need to extract. This is from a Windows backup, not a virtual machine. I'm ...
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Backup to a specific folder with Windows Backup

When setting up Windows Backup I get the following screen: As you can see, there is no option to backup to a specific folder on any of these drives. Is there a way to force the backups to go in a ...
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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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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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Critique My Backup and Storage Plan

My current storage (RAID-1 off of a hardware RAID card) and backup (a spare drive) solutions for my home network are inadequate. I have too much data scattered on various one-off drives. It is time ...
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Can I restore files from a Time Machine backup onto a different computer?

I have a Time Machine backup (of personal files only) made from my MacBook Pro provided by my previous employer. Now I have a new job and a new (employer-provided) MacBook Pro. Can I somehow restore ...
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How do I use rsync to backup my Mac to a NAS?

I need to backup a bunch of directories to my NAS (it basically shows up as a network share in Finder). I don't want to make it bootable, just need to backup a few directories. I'd also like to have ...
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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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Can I recover from a complete OS X hard drive crash using CrashPlan Central?

The CrashPlan web site states: Once your files are backed up, CrashPlan continuously checks that your files are 100% healthy and ready to restore when you need them. If it finds any ...
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What is the quickest reliable way to backup a NAS drive to a USB drive?

How would you backup 600+ GB of data on a NAS (Network-Attached Storage) drive to a USB external drive? The NAS drive does not contain mission critical data nonetheless I wish to make weekly copies ...
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Does backup software lock you in?

I just bought a new Iomega external drive, and I'm trying to figure out which software to use to manage backups. I am not looking for software recommendations. These are already available in other SU ...
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What is a simple home backup software which works with a variety of OSes?

Vista came with a backup solution that should work for me, but of course it doesn't. It doesn't play nice with Samba unfortunately. What are my alternatives? It should be simple, back up on a ...
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Is there a way to remove a deleted file from my backup set without first restoring it?

I've got a directory in my /home/<user>/ folder that holds log dumps. A couple of days ago I decided to do some housecleaning and deleted the logs. Just now, I realized that Crashplan was ...
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What files, file types, and folders to exclude from user folder backup?

When backing up a user and shared users folder using the backup software of your choice on the operating system of your choice what files, file types, and folders do you exclude from the backup?
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Can I resume an interrupted disk image done with dd?

I am going to reinstall my system and I want to backup it first. There is an 80 GB HDD with Ubuntu and 750 GB HDD on which I want to put image. So, I run a live CD and use dd to transfer my sda to ...
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Reading the contents of a .bkf file using a non-Microsoft OS

I have a .bkf backup file, created by the Backup utility that Microsoft provides with Windows XP. Is there a way to read the contents of the file using a non-Microsoft OS, preferably Mac OS X or ...
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Renting linux server just to make backups of my personnal data?

I would like to be able to backup ALL my computers data on a Linux server. For now, I have a home server, but soon I will be traveling, without home (so no home server). I was thinking of renting a ...
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Is there any good RESTORE software for Windows? [closed]

In the spirit of Joel Spolsky's "Let’s stop talking about backups" article, is there any software that's good at restoring a Windows computer? By "good", I mean it can handle a situation where a ...
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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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Time Machine clone for Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Time Machine for Windows I'm using Time Machine for backups on my Mac, and right now I'm using Synology's backup software (Data Replicator 3) for backing up my ...
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Migrate selected applications from a Time Machine backup

I upgraded to OSX Lion. I have a previous Time Machine backup and I would like to get back just the information from Mail iTunes iPhoto I wonder if there is any workaround in the migration ...
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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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Using DD-WRT and a network storage in my router's USB port for backup - feasible?

I'm planning in creating a backup storage, via rsync and SSH for all machines at home, using my new router that has an USB port (It's a TP-Link Tl-WR1043ND). I'm not planning to create a full-blown ...
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Distributed, decentralized data sharing and backup

Consider the following scenario: you have a team of a few people scattered around the globe that needs to work on the same data. Each member of the team has a copy of the data he needs. When someone ...
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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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Best way to synchronise photos to three machines. Laptop, Desktop, NAS

I'm using Picasa as my photo management software, and I have a collection of photos that gets downloaded from my cameras either onto my Desktop or onto my Laptop. I'd like to automatically have ...
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Backup photos from Google Plus?

I'm interested in using Google Plus to backup my photos online, but I'm nervous about trusting my backup to only one location. I'd like a way to automatically download my Google+ photos from the web ...
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Restore Subversion from file backups

I recently had to send in my computer for repairs, and my hard drive ended up getting replaced. Luckily I had a backup of the files, but no system image. I'd like to get my SVN repositories back, but ...
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In what files in the home dir does xfce store the user config data?

In what files/dirs in the home dir does xfce store the user config data? Or if you like. What files do I need to restore from backup in order to restore my xfce desktop with all the different ...
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How to automate regular google takeout backups to cloud storage

I would like create a regular google takeout backups (let's say every 3 months) and store them encrypted in some other cloud storage like DropBox or S3. It does not have to be cloud-to-cloud ...
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Progress bar/% in duplicity?

I'm starting to experiment with Duplicity for my backups and found that it lacks an option to show a progress bar or percentage, it just shows the files to be backup. Is there a way to get a progress ...
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LTO-5 systems compatible with Mac OS X Server

I am looking to implement an LTO-5 tape backup system on a currently shipping Mac OS X Server (10.6.7) tower (PCI Express Card compatible). This backup system would be used only to offload data for ...
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Windows 7 Backup & Restore - Are files deleted from the source also removed from the archive?

I use windows 7 backup tool for backing up my files. Now I want know what happens if I delete a file in its original place? will it stay in backup? (not full backup, updated backup). There in windows ...
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How can I save my Windows system restore points to a DVD?

Is there any way to copy the restore points to another location? A virus could delete the restore points so I want to put them in a separate directory and save them for later use. My OS is Windows ...
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Creating hard drive backup images efficiently

We are in the process of pruning our directories to recuperate some disk space. The 'algorithm' for the pruning/backup process consists of a list of directories and, for each one of them, a set of ...
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Drupal Sites Backup and Restore to Amazon S3

There are modules written for database backup and files backup, but what I want is a complete backup to Amazon S3 or other cloud platforms, for both the data, and the sites. Currently as it stands, I ...
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What hardware and OS should I use for my home router/server setup for good filesharing capabilities?

I would like to set up a new server at home that should be able to perform the following tasks: Act as firewall/router/NAT for my home network Share lots of files, mostley music Misc. other stuff, ...
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Is a home NAS reliable to keep your data on (no other backups)?

The question came up while I was thinking to move some data (e.g.) pictures, old but important other data solely to the NAS (private use, no business level). My NAS is a simple 2 disk RAID system. I ...
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One-way syncing/backup with Unison

I'm using the syncing tool Unison with my Mac OSX and Ubuntu 9.10 machines to backup my music from Mac to Ubuntu. The thing is, I want to have my Mac be the source and Ubuntu be the target so that the ...
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Windows 7 shows a drive as full in summary but files shown on drive are very small

I have a drive partitioned so it is seen by Windows as 2 drives: C:\ and D:\ Windows 7 shows D:\ as full up in the graphical summary in 'My Computer' summary of all the drives, e.g. the bar graph ...
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What is the most portable and cross-platform format to store my email backups?

I currently use gmail, but this question is valid for any client: What is the best way to backup and store my email so that in the future I will be able to access it on a variety of platforms and ...