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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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How can I preserve the WSL linux environment while doing a Windows 10 system “reset?”

This post mentions simply restoring the WSL directory partially restored WSL, but with some functionality issues. This post gives generic information for how to back up and recover a linux ...
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rsync error: symlink has no referent

I am trying to configure rsnapshot (which uses rsync) to backup a Windows server but I am having trouble with rsync being unable to follow a symlink on the server to be backed up. Setup: Windows ...
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Rsync fails for files that start with underscore when destination is zfs

I'm using rsync3.1.0pre1 on Mac OS X 10.8.5, and am trying to rsync one folder to another. The destination is a ZFS volume mounted via SMB. The problem I'm having is that files that start with ...
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Downloading the google drive backups from the Backups folder

In my google drive I have a folder called Backups. In the Backups folder I have 2 backups. How do I go about downloading these 2 files onto a local backup external drive so I can delete the backups ...
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NPM modules make Google drive chrash - how to exclude NPM modules from sync'ing?

Im using google drive as my cloud based "sync/backup" service for all important work related files. This has been working perfect and very sufficient until I started using NPM modules (node_modules) ...
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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 backup EFI boot entries

I have two hard drives with Arch Linux and Windows 10 installed respectively in UEFI mode. Let's say they are disk1 and disk2. Now I want to try Hackintosh on disk2, overwriting existing windows ...
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Does Postgres ever write to tables without file system timestamps getting updated for a long time?

I'm running Postgres 9.6 and backing it up once a while simply by stopping the cluster and using rsync on file level. One day I've recognized that some old, already backed up files for tables still ...
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Create a differential backup with rsync of a directory on my local drive to another directory on the same drive

How can I use rsync (but neither rsnapshot nor rdiff-backup nor any other application) to create a differential backup of a directory located on my local drive to another directory located on that ...
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“Reverse incremental” backup for Windows?

I am looking for a way to make a "reverse incremental" backup under Windows. What I mean by reverse incremental is: source folder (S): files a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h target folder: newest backup (let's ...
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How to backup Windows 10 start menu layout?

I have 3 Windows 10 devices and I wanna backup and import start menu layout on each device as Windows 10 isn't supporting layout syncing. Most of the solutions I've found are for Windows 8 only. One ...
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Windows 10 Image Backup

I have a PC that has a 500 GB internal SSD system letter C Drive, an old internal 120 GB SDD letter P drive, a 1-TB internal letter D drive and an external 1 TB letter G drive. I'd like to backup just ...
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Properly Restore Data Backup from Windows 7 in Linux (Mint)

I recently installed Linux Mint on my computer, dual booting with Windows 7. However, in the process I managed to corrupt my hard drive (trying to convert a "dynamic" Windows disk back to a "basic" ...
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Indexed and seekable tar files

When backing up large amounts of files, I've been taring them so that I only need to move one file around. But listing the content of tar files and extracting specific files out of them is really slow....
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Using multiple KeePass databases with separate configurations

We are using KeePass (2.16, Windows) to store passwords in our company (let's name it KeePass_Corp). Additionally I am using another installation on a USB-stick to store my private passwords (...
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Is there a way to verify the integrity of a rsnapshot backups?

I'm using rsnapshot to make daily backups to a second hdd. But how can I make sure, that no file in my backup is corrupted? If I use the checksum option from rsync, the whole backup will take much ...
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Copying from WHS 2011 backup very slow

I'm setting up a new computer to replace one of my old ones, and part of doing so is extracting my Home folder from a backup I made just before wiping the old one. However, copying from the mounted ...
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Encrypt time machine backups

What is the best way to encrypt backups made by Time Machine?
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Backup to Synology NAS using rsync or NFS and hardlinks

I want to backup data from a Windows (Vista) computer to a Synology NAS (210j). The NAS supports FTP, SMB, NFS and also allows a rsync daemon to be set up. I want to backup different folders to the ...
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Syncthing failed item: “directory is not empty”

I'm using Syncthing on my home network to keep my various machines in sync. One of my directories insists it's "Out of Sync": The detail claims this is because of the "Backups" subdirectory, saying "...
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Backing Up and Restoring - Microsoft Store Apps - Windows 10

I pay for internet by the GB now which has really got me into making separate partitions/backups for everything. Last time I started using the Microsoft store, I set it to download new apps to a ...
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Visual Studio 2015/2017 layout backup

How do I backup window layouts in Visual Studio 2015/2017? Exporting settings does not export all layouts (just current one). I know there is a directory under AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/VisualStudio ...
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WD Red Pro vs Black vs Gold

I need to replace a failing hard drive in a server which uses software RAID1, and am looking to understand the differences between drive "colors" for possible drives. I'm intending on purchasing a 6 ...
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How do I make Crashplan back up my Google Drive folder?

Google Drive doesn't keep version of files and it doesn't keep backups over 30 days. How do I backup my Google Drive folder on Crashplan? It's just files on my computer. It should back up just like ...
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recommended configuration for home file server

Let me start off with a short question on which I will elaborate below: What setup would you use for a home file server that is highly unlikely to lose data, but keeps the cost down as much as ...
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Creating a backup system with btrfs deduplication

I'm thinking about making my own archive/backup solution. This sounds like a bad idea, but I can't see another way to meet my requirements. I have three Windows PCs I'd like to backup. They contain ...
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Customize Synology Hyper-Backup rsync options (and signification of HB parameters)

I want to be able to customize the rsync options Hyper Backup uses, when the backup option Data Backup Task > Remote Data Copy is selected, but Hyper Backup options are limited and somewhat blury. ...
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Let systemd use password protected ssh and gpg keys

I have setup Obnam backup to do an sftp backup of the system on an external server. When I run the command it executes properly. The way it connects to the sftp is with my ssh key. And it encrypts ...
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How can i get itunes to backup my iphone with limited disk. I linked the backup dir to an ext drive with space yet still won't backup?

On OSX yosemite, a machine with limited disk space free. In order to backup my iphone, I've linked the ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup dir to an external drive. iTunes, correctly ...
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Combining two disjoint ddrescue backup images

I have a 3 TB drive which recently started to malfunction. I was using the ddrescue utility on Debian to read data off the disk to a different external hard drive. However, after 2 TB of data had been ...
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Splitting tar archives and uploading them one at a time

I want to backup my systems to split tar archives with a script uploading them one by one. It has to create the split archive and then run a script. The script uploads the part and deletes it. This is ...
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Completely backup bluetooth pairings/profiles

I have a device running Windows 8 embedded using an Intel wireless Bluetooth 4.0 + hs adapter. Every few weeks/months the device needs to be wiped to upgrade the software. In what way can I ...
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Carbon Copy Cloner corrupted Time Machine?

After cloning my internal drive to an external drive using Carbon Copy Cloner and booting from the external drive once (then booting from my internal drive again), Time Machine thinks that every ...
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Windows 7 Backup Utility - Inefficient backup solution for average consumer?

A while back I set a client up with a backup solution that used the native Windows 7 backup utility to copy local files to a Raid 1 mirrored array. And actually, I remapped all his documents and ...
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How to create a bat file to create folder on share and copy specific folders contents of all user profiles

I am trying to create a batch file to create a network folder based on computer name and then copy the desktop, My Documents, Favorites from each profile to that share. So destination should be ...
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Run script when shutting down Ubuntu before the logged in user is logged out

I'm writing a script to backup some local directories on a Unix machine (Ubuntu) to a Samba drive. The script works fine and I've got it running at shutdown and restart using the method described at [...
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Software to list contents of .wbcat files (Windows Backup Catalog Files)

The Windows Backup mechanism creates a lot of .zip files and some .wbcat files which describe the contents of the zip files. I could search (with the help of unzip -l ... | grep -ri pattern) where a ...
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Chrome bookmarks have totally disappeared from my system

I logged on to Chrome today, and my entire bookmarks, 1000's of entries, was gone. That was several years of detailed research and it's gone just like that. Is there any way to get the Chrome ...
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Incremental compressed backup over ssh

So far I'm backing up my stuff using: rsync -avz --delete /Local/Location/of/data/ -e ssh username@hostname:/Remote/Location/of/backup The local side is running Mac OS, and the server side is ...
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Arch Arm: /folder does not support NFS export

I have a backup drive that is formatted hfs+ (for my mac laptops) That I want to have available on my home network so I don't have to plug in directly. I have a pogoplug running arch linux (install is ...
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Automatic incremental backups to a network drive (Windows)

So after learning that Windows 7 Home Premium doesn't support this, I'm looking for another solution. I would like to backup my Windows machine to my Ubuntu server. Are there any good automatic ...
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Robocopy copying files from source to destination in backup mode and with file security permissions intact

I need to use Robocopy to mirror files and folders from one shared location to another, in restartable backup mode with security permissions. My current command is: robocopy //sourceServer/src //...
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How to keep Windows image up-to-date?

Our client PCs have different configurations for different departments. We used to pick up few PCs from each department to create a monthly Windows image by using Windows backup utility, but this way ...
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Backup software suddenly fails to backup SSD, tested on multiple software

Situation: Windows 10, system on Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB. Second disk is HDD, with enough space to clone the SSD. Backups work flawlessly for months. I am using two backup plans - 1) backs up ...
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Incremental backup with 7zip (follow up clarifications seeked)

For anyone Googling to get a working, complex, 7-zip differential backup going from the cmd.exe prompt... Here is my wallets backup script "C Backup Wallets (7zip) (Differential).bat". It will search ...
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How can I restore Mozilla Firefox crashed session from “sessionrestore-backups” .jsonlz4 file?

My Firefox (Quantum v.66 on Windows 10) crashed, and I accidentally clicked "Start New Session" instead of "Restore Session", which lost all of my previous tabs. Good news: In my profile, in "...
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Why doesn't this Systemd service run?

I'm trying to run a user service, to backup my documents, before the desktop system shuts down every night. # Needs to be placed in ~/.config/systemd/user/ [Unit] Description=Backup with restic ...
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Stop rsync from deleting large amounts of data when disk accidentally umounted

I use rsync to mirror my hard drive onto a couple of devices with cron. The command is essentially this: rsync -avr --delete /home/username username@example.com:/home/username The problem I have is ...
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How can I backup a Veracrypt file container?

I have got a Veracrypt file that is approximately 100GB on an external hard drive. I make changes to the contents of this container often, and would like to know a way to quickly back up the updated ...
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What filesystem and backup strategy for a small-scale home server?

I am rebuilding a home server after my previous one failed (My Odroid C1 with 1GB RAM running Ubuntu 14.04 was just struggling with RAM and other things that made it hang; my mdadm-lvm RAID1 storage ...