backup tool

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chazb
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backup tool

Post by chazb » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:05 pm

Running LM 17, thinking of upgrading to LM 18.3. So the Backup Tool for 17 looks pretty simple except for the destination part,,,,like can put on a usb thumb drive or to a file file I create on the Desktop and call it "backup", or both? Or where should I send it, so I can put the backed up personal files ( bookmarks, text files, and pictures etc. ) onto the new OS?

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Re: backup tool

Post by Cosmo. » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:17 pm

The desktop is not a valid backup target. If you format the drive during installation, your desktop with all content is history. Only an external drive is a valid backup target.

Besides that I recommend to simply copy your complete home to the backup drive; don't miss the hidden folders. Too many users have lost their data because of unrecoverable problems with mintBackup.

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Re: backup tool

Post by chazb » Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:56 pm

Do I need to do anything to the usb drive to make it Linux? Then just copy it to 18.3's home folder, after installation?

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Re: backup tool

Post by Cosmo. » Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:49 am

The usb drive should be formatted with ext4 (preferred) or ntfs. With a fat32 format ou would not be able to store there files with 4 GB + size.

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