Looking for an easy backup tool

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simplex
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Looking for an easy backup tool

Postby simplex » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:01 am

I'm looking for a very simple tool that just makes a compressed tarball (.tgz) of my /home once a week and stores it under, say, /var/tmp/backup.

It should also run if I hadn't switched my machine on on that particular backup day.

I know I could do this with cron-jobs and shell scripts but why invent the wheel twice?

BTW: What's the best medium for long-time storage of backups? If the answer is "put it on a filehoster", then the tool should also encrypt the tarball, because I trust nearly no one. :wink:

Thank you,
S.

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Re: Looking for an easy backup tool

Postby wayne128 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:12 am

Try fsarchiver

read this thread, simple enough to backup file system
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=124636&p=686745#p682592

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Re: Looking for an easy backup tool

Postby usbtux » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:15 am

Clonzilla ( use on the wonderful Parted Magic) easy backup and clone, if you use a little common sense and work your way through it ( do it once and its easy then) Very versatile.
Redo backup nice easy backup with dedicated gui

The other way would be as you say with a script or try Grsync using --exclude for folders not to backup.
then anacron to automate.

Backup media. weekly to a different disk on the same machine , monthly/quarterly - external hdd only used for backups.

also look at FreeFileSync available fro linux, windows - worked ok on windows haven't tried on linux.
http://goo.gl/DXKgM LinuxMint tutorials.
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http://goo.gl/WFu0u Installing Mint - the screen cast videos.
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Re: Looking for an easy backup tool

Postby kwisher » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:21 am

simplex wrote:I'm looking for a very simple tool that just makes a compressed tarball (.tgz) of my /home once a week and stores it under, say, /var/tmp/backup.

It should also run if I hadn't switched my machine on on that particular backup day.

I know I could do this with cron-jobs and shell scripts but why invent the wheel twice?

BTW: What's the best medium for long-time storage of backups? If the answer is "put it on a filehoster", then the tool should also encrypt the tarball, because I trust nearly no one. :wink:

Thank you,
S.

I like BackInTime. You should backup to an external source instead of the local drive.
The instructions suggested Windows XP or better, so I installed Linux :)

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Re: Looking for an easy backup tool

Postby eanfrid » Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:47 pm

Have a look to "deja-dup". It is nicely integrated with Ubuntu/Mint, easy to use, can encrypt your backup and is convenient for simple backup tasks like those you described.
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