Amul Shah on 17 Jul 2010 06:47:27 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] How do you backup your home PC's / Laptops?

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  • Subject: Re: [PLUG] How do you backup your home PC's / Laptops?
  • Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 09:47:22 -0400
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On a Mac OS X 10.5+ machines, I use TimeMachine which you can trick into using an Ubuntu server as the remote backup. Otherwise an attached external FireWire (USB works but is dog slow) is the way to go. Prior to 10.5, I used CCC (aka Carbon Copy Cloner) which is the equivalent of rsync that makes the backup disk bootable.

How to use TimeMachine with Linux:

My Linux box does not get backed up! Since anything that needs to be backed up is on my Mac, it doesn't make sense to backup the backup.


On Jul 16, 2010, at 8:40 PM, Eric at wrote:

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Actually, I just found CrashPlan and it seems so damn sensible that I've adopted it for my Ubuntu workstation. I'll probably set it up for my wife's and
children's computers next week.  So far it works great on Ubuntu 8.10.

It can even set up another local computer on the LAN as a desination ("Friend").

We'll see if it works for teenagers :-D


On 07/16/2010 08:27 PM, Lee Marzke wrote:
Eric's recent problem with a failed Mac drive have prompted me to ask how people backup their home PC's and Laptops. If you have other household members how
do you ensure the backups are done ?

For me, I have one Lenovo laptop running Ubuntu 10.04 64bit. I use my own wrapper script around duplicity , which does encrypted backups to my NAS.
A cron job runs incremental's nightly and full backup monthly.

Lee's Dpbackup wrapper:

This works well, and if the PC is traveling, the job just times out, or I can
bring up OpenVPN and run the incremental remotely.

I also have experimented with JungleDisk for Windows backup to Amazon S3
with very good results.

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