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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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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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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How do I Open Samsung's .sme files?

I have a Samsung mobile phone, and I was using the software that came along with it (Samsung Kies) to backup all my SMS's on my desktop. This software creates a .sme file, to store the backup. I ...
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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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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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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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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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Should I use “Raid 5 + spare” or “Raid 6”?

What is "Raid 5 + Spare" (excerpt from User Manual, Sect 4.17.2, P.54): RAID5+Spare: RAID 5+Spare is a RAID 5 array in which one disk is used as spare to rebuild the system as soon as a disk fails ...
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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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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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Backup before installing Windows Vista SP2?

Is it necessary to back up data before installing Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) from online updates?
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What's the best way to be able to reimage windows computers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Imaging new hard drive in Windows 7 laptop? I've got a low-end machine for testing our software. It needs to be tested under various versions of Windows, so I was ...
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Tool that automatically keeps old versions of a file? Shadow Copy in Win7?

When I'm working with a Graphics App, I press CTRL+S a lot to Quicksave. Sometimes, I just went too far and made a bad decision, sometimes to the point Undo wouldn't help either. I would love to ...
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Transfer Windows to another hard disk

I've got a 80Gb hard disk and I want to transfer the system to another 500Gb hd (without to reinstall windows). What the easy and free way to transfer the system to another hd?
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cp -r -l in MacOS (recursive copy preserving hard links)

I'm trying to copy a directory tree recursively preserving hardlinks to the file. Using gnu cp, this would work with the -l flag. cp would then recreate the directory structure, but wouldn't need to ...
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Safest snapshot of a failing harddrive?

I have a headless machine that stopped booting, so I pulled it out for diagnostics and got a message that one of the harddrives was about to fail, so I pulled them all out and I need to get everything ...
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What would be the down side(s) to backup archival via SD cards?

While doing some photography reading, i came across some support for archiving photos, videos on SD Cards. The process looked like: Fill up SD Card with DSLR Share/publish any choice items via the ...
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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 ...
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Looking for a software capable of cloning a System drive? [closed]

I'm looking for a software (free if possible) that could do the same as Norton Ghost 2003 Floppy but: without the big inconveniance of working from a floppy drive with the possibility of cloning a ...
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Why do I need to backup iTunes?

I got a message in iTunes saying: "Thank you for purchasing from the iTunes Store. Protect your purchases by backing them up" erm. Isn't that what my Apple id is for? I thought the whole ...
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Back-up of a Brand New Computer

Is it a common practice to back-up a brand new computer? This computer has never even been taken out of the box and turned on. I always assumed, perhaps wrongly, that back-up is for archiving ...
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Copying over only the things that are different [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is the best application to Sync two folders? I'm having a hard time synchronizing my folders. Currently I'm doing manual RAID-1. It sucks because OCCASSIONALLY I ...
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Backup Metro apps to install Later or on other PC's

I want to backup my current Windows 8 Metro apps so that I can install them to other PC's or Install them later if I format and re-install Windows 8 again. I want to install these Metro Modern UI ...
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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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zip selected directories recursively in linux

I would like to zip only selected directories(and its child directories as well) I have many directories in the current folder like app, content, db, library etc. But I would like the zip only app ...
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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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Backup file attributes / restore them later

Currently I am trying to imagine a way of backing up all the file attributes and permissions of a certain directory, i.e. /volatile, for later restore. The procedere I have in mind would be: backing ...
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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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Windows 7 Backup or SyncToy

Before installing Windows 7, I had been using SyncToy to sync all my vital files to a backup external hard drive. Windows 7 has a built in backup utility though and I was wondering if maybe I should ...
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Scheduled backup of certain directories in Windows 7

I'm using Windows 7 and I need to schedule a daily backup that does the following: The schedule needs to run daily at 7pm The backup needs to generate a compressed archive of selected backup ...
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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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Is it possible to get a backup of firefox addons?

I know we can backup bookmarks in firefox and restore it... Is there a similar process for addons installed in it?
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Is a full backup the quickest or the longest on restoring [closed]

Studying for Security+ with Darril Gibson's book he says that "A full backup is the easiest and quickest to restore" Now I've been looking for another test exams and I found the MasterExam of the ...
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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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Is System Restore a full Restore and suitable for a test installation?

I have a fresh and activated Windows 7 installation that I would like to use as a Test installation. So I would like to create a Snapshot and be able to completely revert to that snapshot. As it's ...
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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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Copying windows home server backup offsite

What ways are there to copy a windows home server backup to an offsite location? I'm talking specifically (and only) about the automated backup of my entire machine, and not the shared network ...
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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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How I can hide the folder structure from a password protected RAR file?

I want to save my files in a DVD or in several... I want to do it with this feature: I want to protect and hide my files through a password. Normaly I used to compress my files and put it a password ...
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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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How can I extract the drive letter for a new mapped drive in a .bat?

I'm creating a simple command-line backup script to use robocopy to mirror "important" stuff to my NAS box. I would prefer not to rely on a hard-coded mapped drive letter for that NAS box. In the ...
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Looking for free backup software that will allow backups across multiple machines [closed]

Can anyone recommend any free software that I can use to backup multiple machines on my home network? I do not want it backed up off-site as I will do that by swapping external USB drives. Pretty ...
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FTP BAT file - Windows Scheduled Task

Is it possible to create a scheduled task in windows, that connects to an FTP site, and downloads all the files and folders within the root directory (or specified folders in the root directory) - for ...