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Backing up - what do you lot do?
« on: April 07, 2017, 05:22:25 am »

I have music, photos, videos and work etc etc backed to the cloud - which is my most important stuff - so as that's taken care of, I don't do anything else

I've installed dozens of things since installing Peppermint 7...just noticed that steam games wont start anymore.   Reckon it must be something I've done that has caused the problem.   Guess I need to learn how to put things back to an earlier time.   Rather than try to fix the problem, I will reinstall the OS...then spend hours getting it back to how I like it!!  So I'm learning the hard way that what I do is inadequate...

I've googled this and systemback seems to be the recommended thing to use - is that the best "system restore" for linux?


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Re: Backing up - what do you lot do?
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2017, 05:34:32 am »
Hi rickc,

Here is an excellent tutorial for Timeshift. What's "Best" is generally what works for you given your current setup.

https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,3908.0.html

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Re: Backing up - what do you lot do?
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2017, 05:46:29 am »
Yeah Timeshift or Systemback .. they both do the same thing.

Personally I've taken to Systemback .. Only reason being that Systemback as well as doing "restore points" ALSO allows you to do a FULL system backup to an external HDD, and if using USB 3.0 it's VARY fast.

Timeshift may aslo do this now, but it didn't the last time I checked (which was a while ago).

I must add that Systemback is set to do "restore points" out of the box (ie. it doesn't backup your docs.etc,) .. for a FULL system backup you have to manually configure it.
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Re: Backing up - what do you lot do?
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2017, 09:12:17 pm »
Does anyone have a reliable download link for Systemback? I can't get the package I downloaded from Sourceforge to install. Thanks!

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Re: Backing up - what do you lot do?
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2017, 10:23:23 pm »
There's a PPA for systemback that carries a version for 16.04 here:
https://launchpad.net/~nemh/+archive/ubuntu/systemback

So to install it, open a terminal and run these commands in sequence:
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nemh/systemback
and hit "Enter" when prompted .. then:
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sudo apt-get update
then:
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sudo apt-get install systemback
That's it .. it should be in your main menu somewhere.

I must add:-

a) I have not personally tested this
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b) As the PPA states, development of Systemback is currently "suspended".

So maybe Timeshift would be a better solution ?
(Timeshift is in the default repos)
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Re: Backing up - what do you lot do?
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2017, 10:40:43 pm »
Clonezilla, all the time. I found Systemback erratic & unreliable.

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Re: Backing up - what do you lot do?
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2018, 05:20:04 pm »
I use back in time, It has has restore points too. I back up /home and / it also back's up your  hidden files in your home directory.
You can use a external hdd or a usb stick, I use a 128g stick for restore points.

Once a month I do a full system backup with gnome disks make a image file. I back up to my home server takes about 8hrs to do a 111 gig image.

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Re: Backing up - what do you lot do?
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2018, 05:44:36 pm »
I haven't tried it yet, but ...

BakAndImgCD has been getting good reviews: https://goo.gl/s4ZswV   ;)

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Re: Backing up - what do you lot do?
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2018, 08:09:16 pm »
I find the best way to do daily system backups is to manually copy and paste to a CD, I use a common CD bur..........
.......aahhh ....  I am kidding.......Just felt the need to write something like that LOL but I could not keep a straight  face  ;)

I use TimeShift  8)

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Re: Backing up - what do you lot do?
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2018, 08:08:12 am »
It's borgbackup for me. CLI (with a webgui available, but I've not used that), so scriptable, cronable. encryption, deduplication, remote backups easy. Set and forget (but check your backups!). Can mount archives, and retrieve files easily. An enterprise level solution.

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Re: Backing up - what do you lot do?
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2018, 11:13:29 pm »
I installed Timeshift and so far am very pleased. I realize this is a personal preference kind of thing, but Iím curious if most of you have your Timeshift or other backup programs scheduled to backup daily, weekly or monthly etc. I have mine setup to backup weekly, and was just wondering what others of you do?
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Re: Backing up - what do you lot do?
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2018, 11:45:03 am »
Personally all data I can't afford to loose is stored on multiple NAS's (dual disk in RAID-1, and snapshotted because they are using Btrfs) and every now and again I take a full image of my SSD to an external HDD.

Sure I could automate things a bit more, but I'm happy to reinstall loosing (some newer) things like browser bookmarks, etc. should it be necessary (though occasionally I'll manually backup my .mozilla directory anyway) .. as long as I don't loose data, or things like the Peppermint VPS openvpn server authentication certificates I'm good.
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