Backup Ubuntu

My old (well, almost two years old at least) external hard disk stopped responding, and it looks like its the time to find another backup solution. Since I have a small, personal server running Ubuntu, regular full system mirrors on an external USB 2.0 hard disk should be enough, but I also need to learn more about the various backup procedures. Here are couple of links to pages that I should probably read with care: “Backing Up Ubuntu“, “Howto: Backup and restore your system“. Any further resources are also most welcome.

Author: frans

Professor of Information Studies and Interactive Media, esp. Digital Culture and Game Studies in the Tampere University, Finland. Occasional photographer and gardener.

3 thoughts on “Backup Ubuntu”

  1. Making a tar package of the whole system is not the most efficient way to go in the long run — you’ll basically have a non-updateable backup of the situation at one time, and need to start from the beginning when starting a new backup.

    A simple, efficient, and free program for taking continuous, incremental backups and having multiple backup sets without them all requiring disc space for the whole backup is rsnapshot. See

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