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benslinux
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Timeshift

Post by benslinux » Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:25 pm

New to this forum, but huge fan of Linux and longtime user of Linux Mint and Ubuntu. I have my Linux Mint PC (17.1) working exactly as I want it, so I'd like to create a backup of my entire system. I see Timeshift listed as a good choice for that. But how does it work - does it create an image? a file? And where should that backup be saved - a USB drive? Obviously, not on the PC itself in case I experience a crash. Thanks.

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Re: Timeshift

Post by xenopeek » Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:40 pm

I think its homepage http://www.teejeetech.in/p/timeshift.html answers those questions. As noted there, it only backs up system files not user files. To backup your own files you need another program.
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Re: Timeshift

Post by deepakdeshp » Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:44 pm

You can use clonezilla to clone your system.you can make a bootable usb
http://clonezilla.org
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Re: Timeshift

Post by JoeFootball » Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:49 pm

When I want to make a complete backup image of my entire hard drive, I use Clonezilla Live, where I completely shutdown (i.e., no suspend, no hibernate, no sleep, etc.) all instances of OS, and boot to Clonezilla Live on CD or USB. This allows me to have completely unmounted access to the entire hard drive.

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SOLVED - Re: Timeshift

Post by benslinux » Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:43 pm

Thanks guys - I think it is clonezilla that I'm after.

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Re: Timeshift

Post by LamphunLumyai » Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:41 am

Last year I had the exact same questions. I tried out a number of different products to come up with a disaster recovery plan.

What I settled on was using Clonezilla to back up my partitions. The interface looks a little daunting at first, but once you have gotten though the process of backing a partition (or an entire drive) it's pretty straight forward. Same with recovery. If you have any questions about a simply backup and recovery just ask.

But I also use Timeshift. If you are an ex-MS Windows using, you can envision Timeshift to be like Windows Restore Point but more reliable. It's saved my bacon more than once as I've done 'ignorance newbie stuff' when I first started using Mint over a year ago. Over the last year the User Interface has become a little more robust, but for the average newbie you can simply accept the defaults. The only tweek I made was to save my snapshots to my home partitions (I have separate partitions for / and /home and my /home partition is significantly larger. I also disabled automatic snapshots. I believe the last Timeshift update (16.10.6) set those as default.

There are others in this forum who also use Back-in-Time for backup purposes. I find the combination of Clonezilla and Timeshift adequate for my disaster recovery needs as a simple end-user. But if you feel a need to be able to back up and restore individual files then you may want to add Back-in-Time to your repertoire. Best of luck!

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Re: Timeshift

Post by chrisuk » Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:17 am

xenopeek wrote:I think its homepage http://www.teejeetech.in/p/timeshift.html answers those questions. As noted there, it only backs up system files not user files. To backup your own files you need another program.
It backs up Home too, you just include it in the advanced options tab. To the OP, I've used it to backup and clone my Linux systems for years... more importantly, I've restored successfully many times without error (I like to experiment (break ;) ) things)
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