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Backup program on Ubuntu?

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I am looking for a good backup program. I would like to be able to restore an entire partition or all partitions if the there is a disk failure and sometimes to be able restore a single file.

The backup program that comes with Ubuntu appears to be for restoring single files only although you could reinstall and then restore over the new system to get back to where you were.

Does anyone have a suggestion.

posted Jan 24, 2014 by Kumar Mitrasen

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3 Answers

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I have been using amanda from long . Extremely capable of all that, including bare metal recovery to new disks if it has to.

But, and here I will get lambasted like an idiot by every packager on the planet, but the amanda security model cannot be setup by either dpkg or rpm, and the hacks that are done to it to allow it to install with dpkg or rpm are so invasive that I cannot even begin to give advice if you try to install the distributions versions of it, not to mention the distro versions are all 5+ years old. Even after all this time, it is in fairly active development to stay abreast of the newer hardware.

Get the tarball from, read the docs until you do understand the whole thing, then follow their instructions to build it and install it. It will start here in about 1:15, and will be done about 2:40 in the morning, requiring nothing more from me than reading the email it sends me when its done.

answer Jan 24, 2014 by Sonu Jindal
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I prefer to store my data at home, so I use rsync. I do two backups to separate drives and that gives me what I consider to be a reliable, flexible, and easily restorable system. Here is one link that describes how to.

answer Jan 24, 2014 by Abhay Kulkarni
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I use Luckybackup, super user version. It's easy to use and I backup to two hard drives, just in case.

answer Jan 24, 2014 by Tarun Singhal
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