What backup method(s) do you use for your Linux desktop?

Discussion in 'polls' started by Gullible Jones, Aug 11, 2013.

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What backup method(s) do you use on your Linux deskop?

  1. tar or cpio of whole system (offline)

    1 vote(s)
    4.8%
  2. tar or cpio of specific dirs (online or offline)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. LVM snapshots

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. BTRFS snapshots

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. fsarchiver or other partition backup software

    4 vote(s)
    19.0%
  6. rsnapshot or other rsync-based backup software

    4 vote(s)
    19.0%
  7. Bacula or other automated network backup software

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. None (I like to live dangerously)

    7 vote(s)
    33.3%
  9. Other

    11 vote(s)
    52.4%
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  1. Gullible Jones

    Gullible Jones Registered Member

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    As per title. How do you keep your Linux desktop backed up?
     
  2. chrisretusn

    chrisretusn Registered Member

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    I use a combination of things. I have daily automated backups using rsnapshot to a backup server. I use FSArchiver for selected backups, normally before I do something that could potentially go awry. Clonezilla is also in my arsenal.
     
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  3. J_L

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    Only Clonezilla for my Linux Mint Maya netbook, because it's a spare machine.
     
  4. cb474

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    I used to use Clonezilla, but it doesn't handle LVM and encrypted partitions very well. In principle it should work, in practice I couldn't figure it out. So I switched to fsarchiver.
     
  5. AlexC

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    Macrium Reflect and occasional copy/paste of some personal files to the cloud (important files are encrypted before uploading).

    edit: I've changed from Clonezilla to Macrium because of the ability to browse the contents inside the image (however i still haven't tried it to see if it actually works).
     
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  6. mack_guy911

    mack_guy911 Registered Member

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    my approach would be

    1. keep the home partition separate when ever mess format reinstall
    2. use partition magic cd to backup if home partition same as root backup data and reinstall
    3. clonezilla or remastersys


    :)
     
  7. mattdocs12345

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    I keep all of my files on a 32GB SD card. When something goes wrong, I simply reinstall.
     
  8. The Red Moon

    The Red Moon Registered Member

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    Would i be correct in thinking that the latest version of macrium reflect free can image and restore a linux os?
     
  9. Kerodo

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    I was under the impression that Macrium Free was just Windows... unless there is a linux version I'm unaware of...
     
  10. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

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    The Rescue Media should capable of it, at least sector by sector.
     
  11. operamail

    operamail Registered Member

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    Currently none. But I'm using LVM, so if I need to backup, I'd certainly go with lvm snapshot and fsarchiver.
     
  12. new2security

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    Clonezilla live cd.
     
  13. 0strodamus

    0strodamus Registered Member

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    A combination of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 boot CD and Grsync.
     
  14. wat0114

    wat0114 Registered Member

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    Terabyte Image for Windows

    -http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-windows.htm

    and FreeFileSync for backing up Chrome user data and Apparmor profiles.

    -http://sourceforge.net/projects/freefilesync/

    Thanks to MrBrian for pointing out this latter one :)
     
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