[SOLVED] backup

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[SOLVED] backup

Post by Howard_P » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:09 pm

Hi- I'd like to backup my computer running linux 17.3 onto an old external hard drive that is left over from my windows days. There is information on it that I'd like to save. Can someone tell me, in very simple language, how to create the proper partition that will allow this backup without losing the old windows information? Thank you very much. -Howard
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Re: backup

Post by sdibaja » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:12 pm

I suggest LuckyBackup. it is simple and can handle that task. Just follow the menus.
everything you need to know is here http://luckybackup.sourceforge.net/
You do not need to create a separate partition unless you want to. If that is the case use Gparted for the partitioning task.
everything is over here: https://gparted.org/
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Re: backup

Post by rickNS » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:27 pm

Not quite enough info, are you dual boot ? " without losing the old windows information? " That's one thing, and your probably talking about a clone...
But maybe you only want to back up your linux mint 17.3 "home folder" ?
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Re: backup

Post by AZgl1500 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:17 pm

LuckyBackup is good for your personal info, but it needs to store the data on a separate drive than the one in the PC.

an extUSB HDD would be much preferable.

if you choose a separate partition on the same HD as the one you are using, the backup is useless, as it will be gone when the HD turns upside down and won't boot.

You should look into Timeshift for saving the Operating System, and that too, has to go on a separate HD.

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Re: backup

Post by sdibaja » Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:17 pm

the original poster said "backup my computer running linux 17.3 onto an old external hard drive" ... the exact use case LuckyBackup is great for, or use some other known robust app with a simple GUI. Simple to retrieve is a huge plus. I like redundancy, as in more than one external device and off-site.
To me reinstalling a system is trivial. download and install. It might be a little time consuming, but usually not much.
On the other hand Personal data is precious, and often not replaceable. I vote to get a good Backup routine in place first, and learn how to maintain it, and only then consider a more elaborate system restore thing going if you like.

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Re: backup

Post by Howard_P » Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:02 pm

Thanks folks, LuckyBackup seems to have done the job. -Howard

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Re: backup

Post by sdibaja » Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:12 pm

Howard_P wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:02 pm
Thanks folks, LuckyBackup seems to have done the job. -Howard
congrats

I run mine on a schedule, every evening... also on demand. It only copies the changed files, so that is really quick.

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Re: backup

Post by AZgl1500 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:32 pm

Howard_P wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:02 pm
Thanks folks, LuckyBackup seems to have done the job. -Howard
Glad it did the trick :D

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