Mint Mate 18.3 Timeshift SOLVED

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Mint Mate 18.3 Timeshift SOLVED

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I have only recently installed 18.3 Sylvia Mate so I’m only now thinking about using Timeshift. I thought I could use a 4GB USB which I have just formatted for the backup but I get a message ‘Selected device does not have Linux partition.’
Could someone explain to this old codger what I need to do and how to do it!
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Re: Mint Mate 18.3 Timeshift

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wolseley2 wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:14 am
I have only recently installed 18.3 Sylvia Mate so I’m only now thinking about using Timeshift. I thought I could use a 4GB USB which I have just formatted for the backup but I get a message ‘Selected device does not have Linux partition.’
Could someone explain to this old codger what I need to do and how to do it!
The device needs to be formatted ext4 or BTRFS. You'll find that a 4GB flash drive will fill up far too quickly. It's not something I would recommend.
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Re: Mint Mate 18.3 Timeshift

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Ah! Thanks. Would a 16GB fit the bill and do I actually have to partition it?
Not sure I know how to do that.
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Re: Mint Mate 18.3 Timeshift

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wolseley2 wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:21 am
Ah! Thanks. Would a 16GB fit the bill and do I actually have to partition it?
Not sure I know how to do that.
It might do for a short while. You can use the disks tool in the Mint menu to format it.

If you're concerned about protecting your system and treasured stuff then I would highly recommend a portable USB HDD. They can be found for under $US50.
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Re: Mint Mate 18.3 Timeshift

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OK catweazel, thanks for that.
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Re: Mint Mate 18.3 Timeshift

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wolseley2 wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:44 am
OK catweazel, thanks for that.
You're most welcome. Cheers.
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Re: Mint Mate 18.3 Timeshift SOLVED

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Timeshift is a memory hog so even 16 GB will rapidly be filled. I have 8 snapshots that occupy 77 GB of an external SSD.
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Re: Mint Mate 18.3 Timeshift SOLVED

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cliffcoggin wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:53 pm
Timeshift is a memory hog so even 16 GB will rapidly be filled. I have 8 snapshots that occupy 77 GB of an external SSD.
That's surprising - I currently have 14 snapshots that only occupy 18GB total:

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steve@steve-Z97X ~ $ sudo bash -c "du -shc /media/root/LM18_timeshift/timeshift/snapshots/*"
9.2G	/media/root/LM18_timeshift/timeshift/snapshots/2019-03-01_19-00-01
1.4G	/media/root/LM18_timeshift/timeshift/snapshots/2019-03-16_02-35-33
1.1G	/media/root/LM18_timeshift/timeshift/snapshots/2019-03-16_02-54-20
336M	/media/root/LM18_timeshift/timeshift/snapshots/2019-03-17_02-00-01
1.4G	/media/root/LM18_timeshift/timeshift/snapshots/2019-03-24_02-00-01
1.1G	/media/root/LM18_timeshift/timeshift/snapshots/2019-03-31_02-00-01
315M	/media/root/LM18_timeshift/timeshift/snapshots/2019-04-01_02-00-01
361M	/media/root/LM18_timeshift/timeshift/snapshots/2019-04-01_19-00-01
296M	/media/root/LM18_timeshift/timeshift/snapshots/2019-04-02_02-00-01
395M	/media/root/LM18_timeshift/timeshift/snapshots/2019-04-03_02-00-01
797M	/media/root/LM18_timeshift/timeshift/snapshots/2019-04-03_02-42-32
198M	/media/root/LM18_timeshift/timeshift/snapshots/2019-04-03_02-50-37
412M	/media/root/LM18_timeshift/timeshift/snapshots/2019-04-04_02-00-02
652M	/media/root/LM18_timeshift/timeshift/snapshots/2019-04-05_01-20-47
18G	total
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