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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What utility can move my Windows boot partition over to another hard drive? [closed]

Can anyone recommend a cheap/free utility that can do this without very much effort? My preference is that it would be really easy. Boot into Windows Pick drive to move Pick target drive It copies ...
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Why is piping 'dd' through gzip so much faster than a direct copy?

I wanted to backup a path from a computer in my network to another computer in the same network over a 100 Mbit/s line. For this I did dd if=/local/path ...
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Software to backup data and files on a Windows computer [closed]

I have data and files on my system, running Windows, and want to make sure that I don't lose all the data or information when it gets toasted, either by a power surge or corrupted medium. I've heard ...
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How to store and preserve lots of data?

I have many DVDs with movies and games, they are getting old and dusty, some of them are damaged. And I have more than 300 GB of general files in my PC. I want to store and preserve all of my data and ...
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How to change iPhone backup location on Windows?

iTunes creates quite a big backup directory on my C: drive whenever I back up my iPhone. Is there a way to tell iTunes to back up the iPhone data to another location?
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Does built in Windows 7 backup perform differential (incremental) backups?

I have win 7 scheduled to backup every Sunday, it's only looking at one of my drives at the moment and is backing up to an external HDD. It's a 1TB drive so should take quite a while to fill but the ...
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6answers
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How do I use 7-zip to backup files, but exclude some directories

I would like to use 7-zip to backup a directory, but I would like it to exclude all directories named ".svn" (anywhere in the source tree). Does anybody know if this is possible and in that case how?
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Backing up Google Chrome

Having recently switched to Google Chrome, I was wondering what files and directories I should be including in my backups to make sure that bookmarks and history are included. Along the same lines, ...
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Copy directory contents using 'cp' command

How do you copy all the contents of one directory into another? For example: $ cd /home/newuser $ cp -a /backup/olduser/* . The problem with the above is that the globing pattern '*' matches the ...
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Long-term backup storage media

Rumors say CDs and DVDs won't remember your data longer than ten years. Are there backup media that do better?
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How do I export the history of Skype?

Is it possible to export Skype v4 chat history into some readable plain-text format? (.txt, .xml, .html) Alternatively, is it possible to backup/restore skype chat history? (I wouldn't mind backup to ...
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What is a good backup strategy for home? [closed]

We have about 4 computers. What is a good strategy for making sure our data is always backed up ?
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What medium should be used for long term, high volume, data storage (archival)?

This question was inspired by How to store and preserve lots of data? There have been another similar questions, but none with this type of criteria. This is two questions in one. How do you store ...
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How much time until an unused hard drive loses its data?

Do you guys know how much time needs to pass until the data stored on a hard drive starts to degrade? To keep the data intact for long periods of time, I heard you need to periodically rewrite it on ...
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Verifying Time Machine backups

I'm preparing my system for a Snow Leopard upgrade, and I prepare for the worst case scenario: full reinstall and restore. I would like to verify that my Time Machine backups are valid, and will ...
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Time Machine vs Source Control?

Finally got convinced to start using some kind of version control for my code instead of zipping down a copy of the project at the end of each day. Downloaded Tortoise SVN and used it to create a ...
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How to test your backups against medium degeneration?

Because most storage media degenerate over time (CD, DVD, harddisk, tape), it is very important to test your backups. Is there a way to monitor the condition of your backups? I am looking for both ...
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Google Docs: How to backup periodically?

How do I periodically backup my entire online documents in Google Docs? I am looking for a tool that can download the documents to my PC. I do not need any kind of two-way synchronization, just plain ...
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Good block size for disk cloning with diskdump (dd)

I use dd in its simplest form to clone a hard drive dd if=INPUT of=OUTPUT However, I read in the manpage that dd knows a blocksize parameter. I was wondering whether there is an optimal value for ...
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Backup Picasa 'people' tags data

OK, so I've spent a fair amount of time putting names to faces in Picasa 3.5 but in a few days (hopefully) my copy of Windows 7 should arrive and I'll need to reinstall Windows. So, does anyone ...
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How does one go about backing up older CD-ROM games from the 90's?

I have a bunch of those point and click adventure games from the 90's (my youth) like Pajama Sam, Putt-Putt and Spy Fox. These CDs are becoming old and scratched. Being that these were such a ...
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How to backup Windows 7 and revert upgrade to Windows 8

I am currently on Windows 7, and want to upgrade to Windows 8. In case something goes wrong, or an important application stops working on Windows 8, how can I create a backup that can be used to ...
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How to back up gmail to my computer?

I am using gmail as a part of Google Apps for Domains. I'd like to back up all my email. I've tried setting up IMAP in Thunderbird and it works reasonably well (except it times out way too much, ...
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Windows 7 Backup Disk Full

What happens when a Windows 7 backup disk is full? I've been trying to find documentation on the issue without success. Does Windows 7 automatically delete the oldest backup files to free up space ...
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How do I backup a git repo?

I am planning to switch from SVN to git. With svn I just copy my repo folder when I want to back it up. However git doesn't have one so what do I do? Should I create a clone on a separate drive and ...
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Are Time Machine backups incremental? And is Time Machine any better on Snow Leopard?

I would like to understand how Time Machine backups work and has this been made any better in Snow Leopard?
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How to avoid losing all my files when my Dropbox syncs to a compromised Dropbox account?

So I am trying to find a way to prevent a possible Dropbox doomsday scenario. Say someone gets my dropbox login credentials. They log into the Dropbox web interface as me. They delete all my files. ...
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Looking for a lightweight backup tool for Linux

I'm running Arch Linux and looking for a simple, lightweight backup tool so I don't have to worry about losing my critical data.
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Incremental backup and sync software

I need a free software for Windows (with gui or command line) that does incremental backup copying all files and storing changed or deleted files in a directory named like last change date (or a ...
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Is there any P2P private file storage? [closed]

I would like to upload my private encrypted files to the cloud. However I don't want to rely on a company to do this, such as Dropbox. If I share it on a P2P network (such as using torrents) nobody ...
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Backup Firefox bookmarks and other personal files bash script

I am migrating from Windows to Ubuntu for my personal desktop and I want to know an easy way to backup personal data such as Firefox bookmarks, personal documents, etc... In Windows I am copying ...
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How to make a virtualbox image of running windows system

Is it possible to do this so that the image is transferred over network connection to some other computer? Or is it even possible to resize the partition on the fly to get rid of unnecessary amount of ...
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3answers
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How to do rsync-like encrypted backup?

I want to save a backup of my data on a remote server, but never want the backup server to see the data unencrypted. Editing a single file and backing up should not result in everything being ...
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Command-line access for Apple Time Machine?

We use Apple's Time Machine to back up our Apple 10.5.8 workstations at the office. If I want to restore a file, I need to open up the Time Machine GUI and browse files there. The GUI is ugly ...
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How to back up non-standard directories in my user profile with Windows Backup?

I'm using Windows Backup to back up my Win7 Pro laptop. I'd like to use it to back up my complete user profile, but I only see standard profile directories (e.g. C:\Users\JohnstonJ\Documents) in the ...
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1answer
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Why is Crashplan so slow to upload my computer's files?

I just installed Crashplan on my MBP running OS X Lion. Crashplan is extremely slow in uploading all my files. Sitting overnight, it only has backed up about 4GB out of 450GB. Crashplan itself shows ...
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Could you suggest feature-rich disk-based personal backup program for linux (and I've seen a few)?

I'm using linux on desktop since about 1996. Every time I changed my desktop or notebook, I've taken my linux with me via "dump | ssh | restore". Along the way, I went through half a dozen HDD ...
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Windows 8.1 Insufficient storage available to create shadow copy

[Note: After I entered the problem statement, I found this question, which is apparently the same problem. Maybe one of us will get a good answer...] I have used the "Windows 7 File Recovery" tool ...
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How to delete all glacier data?

I was using a tool on Mac OS X called Arq to backup my data, but i found it so hard to upload all my stuff since I don't and can't have an internet connection that is fast enough for it. So I decided ...
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Backing up huge amounts of critical data on a local network

My father is a wedding photographer who produces around 50GB of data a week that needs backing up. He wants to guarantee the data he's backing up for at least a year. Currently he has three off the ...
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5answers
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How can I get a backup of my Gmail and Yahoo mails to my PC?

Is there a way to backup all mails of my Gmail and Yahoo mails to my local computer... I don't use Outlook... How can I get a backup my Gmail and Yahoo mails to my PC? Any ways...
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How to backup old Mac (System 7) floppies?

I have two 720 KB Mac (System 7) 3.5" floppies from high school. Since floppies demagnetize themselves with time I would like to "clone" them to another medium before it's too late. These were my ...
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How can I re-program/flash a backup of the bios?

I have some computers that have a particular bios setting that keeps everything running smoothly. The setting is not the default setting for the motherboard. So, when the CMOS battery dies, the ...
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Same file, different file size

I made a backup from my FTP server, with lftp and Transmit (Mac app). Everything is fine, but there is a different in file size for 1-2 files, but they are identical. First file: ...
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What is the best way to back up a computer's files? [closed]

I have not done any backing up, does anyone know what would be the best way to do so? I would like free. UPDATE: incremental backups are best. Offsite is good too.
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Can I use rsync for backing up at Amazon S3

I have bought some space from evbackup which provides me FTP, rsync and SSH. But I have also read that Amazon S3 can also be used to backups. So I am really confused that do Amazon give FTP access ...
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What do I have to back up before I re-install?

It seems that almost every time I re-install windows on my PC I end up forgetting to back up something. Now I consider myself an experienced pc-user, and I've done this tons of times, but it never ...
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What online backup solutions work with Linux?

I'm looking for an online backup solution for my Ubuntu server. Unfourtunatly it looks like both mozy and backblaze do not have a linux client? The paid version of dropbox does have a linux client, ...
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Windows7 Full System Backup - Bare metal Restore (maybe diff specs)

I have a HP desktop for development work that I picked up at local supermarket, its Quad core, 2gb RAM, onboard NVidia graphics etc.. pretty much run of the mill. I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit ...
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Chrome crashed without providing “Restore” button

I've been using Chrome, then it crashed. If I restart the computer and reopen Chrome, there will be a Restore button. But what actually happened was that I restarted in Safe mode, and when I reopen ...