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Gertrude McFanny
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What is the best backup utility for a desktop machine?

Post by Gertrude McFanny » Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:17 pm

What is the best backup utility for a desktop machine?

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Re: What is the best backup utility for a desktop machine?

Post by JoeFootball » Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:20 pm

Opinions will differ, but it depends on how/what you want to backup. For example, for me, I like to backup every partition of my entire hard drive to an image on an external drive.

This way if it crashes, or more likely have a catastrophic mishap by my own hand, I can restore the entire drive to its previous disposition.

I use Clonezilla Live for this, where I shutdown (i.e., not hibernate, sleep, suspend, etc.) all instances of OS, then boot to Clonezilla Live on CD/USB, and let it do its thing.

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Re: What is the best backup utility for a desktop machine?

Post by austin.texas » Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:33 pm

My personal choices are Grsync to back up my data partition (or a separate /home partition)
I use fsarchiver to back up the root partition.

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Re: What is the best backup utility for a desktop machine?

Post by Cosmo. » Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:06 pm

As a classical Backup program I recommend Back in Time.

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Re: What is the best backup utility for a desktop machine?

Post by DeMus » Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:16 pm

ReDo Backup and Recover. Install it to a CD and boot from it. Can make backups of partitions but also complete drives in matter of minutes. I use for making backups of my OS on a NAS over the network. Works great.

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Re: What is the best backup utility for a desktop machine?

Post by Jim Hauser » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:48 pm

DeMus wrote:ReDo Backup and Recover. Install it to a CD and boot from it. Can make backups of partitions but also complete drives in matter of minutes. I use for making backups of my OS on a NAS over the network. Works great.
I also us ReDo for my striped LVM members. It works well on recovery also.

In the past I have used QT4 and QT5 FSArchiver with very good and fast results. Whatever you decide, test the recovery to make sure it works for you.

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Re: What is the best backup utility for a desktop machine?

Post by phd21 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:36 pm

Hi "Gertrude McFanny",

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum !

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

+1 for "Clonezilla Live" for creating an image backup of your drives and or their partitions. Create a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive stick, then boot up to it to make compressed drive image backups. I have used it for years. I do image backups at least once a month, and before any major updates.

Syncing applications for daily or frequent backups of things that change, like documents, data, multimedia files, passwords, etc... I recommend "FreeFileSync" and "LuckyBackup". Syncing applications are nice because (after the first run) they copy only the changes and or updated files to your destination, like an USB external drive, where you can easily access them.

"Aptik" is great for backing up your Linux Mint settings, customizations, PPA's, etc... This makes re-installing Linux Mint with all your installed applications easy, if you ever need to do a fresh re-install.

Hope this helps ...
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Re: What is the best backup utility for a desktop machine?

Post by sammiev » Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:21 pm

+1 for "Clonezilla Live" for full system backups and LuckyBackup https://sourceforge.net/projects/luckybackup/ for just doing data backup.

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Re: What is the best backup utility for a desktop machine?

Post by TooMuchTime » Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:25 pm

Check out CrashPlan. You can backup to other computers and external drives for free.

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