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How to run a full system backup

asked 2016-08-06 04:10:47 -0500

sigurdsk gravatar image

Hi! I have configured and installed my favourite applications and now i want to take a backup with a nice file structure on a backup disk wich contains 2 previous backups from 2 other computers. What program or command should i use for this operation and so i can easily run a recovery if anything should happen to my workstation?

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You and I must be the only two Norwegians on this site. :) Hei.

Aeyoun gravatar imageAeyoun ( 2016-08-06 19:41:56 -0500 )edit
florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-08-06 21:44:38 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-08-06 05:27:42 -0500

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updated 2016-08-06 05:28:24 -0500

Clonezilla could be what you want to backup the entire hard disk with operating system and files.

If you just want to backup directories, then:

I think it's in the official Fedora repo.

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answered 2016-08-07 16:42:05 -0500

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I like rsync. It is part of the core utilities on most (if not all) Unix systems. It does an efficient "differential" transfer if a file is changed which is especially nice for large database files where only a little bit changes. Repeating the command updates the target area without transferring anything which has not changed.

rsync -a SRC DST

Either or both of source and destination may be on other machines (uses ssh to securely transfer).

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answered 2016-08-06 19:43:36 -0500

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updated 2016-08-06 19:45:06 -0500

Take a look at GNOME Backup (previously known as Déjà Dup). It should take care of your backup need on desktop. You don’t have to use GNOME to use Backup, it will work with any desktop environment. It’s not suited to backup a server, and if you have multiple users on your system then each of them will have to configure Backup individually on their own accounts.

Anyway, GNOME Backup will keep track of all the files in your home folder. If you make changes to your file, you can use Backup to restore previous revisions of your files. It’s comparable to Time Machine on OS X. By default, it will only run once per day and only keep track of one revision per day.

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Gnome Backup is good to backup your /home or /etc folder. The get a list of all packages that you manually installed on your system, and that you can use to restore your system if you have to set it up again, run sudo dnf history userinstalled > ~/myinstalledpackages.list.txt

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-08-06 21:40:18 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-08-11 22:50:39 -0500

Anna gravatar image

I guess you want to backup everything on your hard drive. A disk backup is needed. I use AOMEI Backupper to backup my OS for months, and it works fine. I set the backup mode as incremental backup, and back the system up every Friday. The differential backup and full backup are available. It is free for my Windows 7. Maybe you can have a try.

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florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-08-12 09:33:08 -0500 )edit

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