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What are you using for backup these days?

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There are a large number of backup options available as FOSS and/or freeware. I tried Veeam for a bit because I had used it professionally in the Windows world long ago. It was difficult to get it working in Linux though and, not being FOSS, updates to match changes in Linux were slow in coming. There are things like CloneZilla which offer bare metal full system recovery. There are data only offerings, some with deduplication. Online articles are seldom critical reviews which recommend anything in particular, mostly just catalogues of features. Before I head off into trial and error work, I thought I would ask:

What are you using for backup these days, besides Timeshift, and why?

What do you like about it?

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Timeshift for the system, Back-In-Time for my data. Once in a while (not very often) I make image backups of my partitions using Clonezilla.
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Only rsync with my own script, because is fast, you can adjust "what/where/when", mainly you have full control and no extra software needed. Timeshift is for the system area and is having the same philosophy.
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+1 for rsync.
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Timeshift for the system and Back-In-Time for my data.
I'm a new user on GNU/linux. In the future I would like to use rsync
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Hi,

Back-In-Time for the internal drive & system, which is slow but does it all and luckyBackup for my external drives because it's much quicker. What I like about both is that they don't use compression by default so I can restore a single file just by copying it. :wink:

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LuckyBackup for my data files (it's a GUI for rsync). I like it because you can mirror the destination to the source (it deletes items in the backup that have been deleted at source). Also it doesn't use compression.

Timeshift for system backups.
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Interesting. Thank you to everyone for the replies.

I have looked at Lucky Backup (the GUI for RSync) and tried it. It would suffice for my needs except that I cannot find a way in the GUI to select hidden folders in my user profile. If I just wanted to backup the standard "visible" data folders, Lucky Backup would be good - it is simple and straightforward and can be scheduled (and mostly forgotten if checked in on occasionally). But I would also like to backup select hidden application profile folders, such as .Thunderbird, .Mozilla, .Vivaldi, etc.

It is easy enough to do this manually on a periodic basis, but I like the idea of a set it and mostly forget it backup.

Maybe I will look into RSync itself and its scripting options.

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Luckybackup.
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D Canard wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:14 am


I have looked at Lucky Backup (the GUI for RSync) and tried it. It would suffice for my needs except that I cannot find a way in the GUI to select hidden folders in my user profile. If I just wanted to backup the standard "visible" data folders, Lucky Backup would be good - it is simple and straightforward and can be scheduled (and mostly forgotten if checked in on occasionally). But I would also like to backup select hidden application profile folders, such as .Thunderbird, .Mozilla, .Vivaldi, etc.
Rsync is the basis for many of the backup programmes on Linux. If you are happy with it then try Grsync.
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Re: What are you using for backup these days?

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cliffcoggin wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:14 pm
Rsync is the basis for many of the backup programmes on Linux. If you are happy with it then try Grsync.
Thanks. It has the same problem as a lot of the other GUI-interfaced solutions. I cannot find a way to select hidden folders in my profile.
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