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View Poll Results: Backup Application of the Year
AMANDA 10 2.87%
Areca-Backup 3 0.86%
Back In Time 11 3.16%
BackupPC 10 2.87%
Bacula 12 3.45%
Clonezilla 40 11.49%
cpio 2 0.57%
dump 4 1.15%
Duplicity 10 2.87%
FSArchiver 4 1.15%
luckyBackup 17 4.89%
partimage 4 1.15%
rdiff-backup 7 2.01%
rsnapshot 19 5.46%
rsync 149 42.82%
tar 38 10.92%
Time Vault 1 0.29%
G4L 2 0.57%
Deja Dup 5 1.44%
Redo Backup and Recovery 0 0%
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:12 PM   #1
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Backup Application of the Year

What's your preferred tool for backups?

Old 12-17-2012, 08:05 PM   #2
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no love for cron jobs + scp?
Old 12-17-2012, 08:10 PM   #3
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:28 PM   #4
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Preferred back up tools, respectively:

1. rsync
2. rsync
3. dd
4. tar
5. amanda

Old 12-18-2012, 02:18 AM   #5
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I tried areca a year ago. It did everything I wanted (when I could get it to work), but it automatically deleted a critical backup right after I made it (and I didn't notice it until it was too late.) The gui is very nice and the ability to use it with cron is great too.

If they can get it to be a bit more reliable and add a bit more support in their forum, then I'd probably try to switch to it again. Like many open source packages, it also needs a more complete manual.

All the other backup utilities I tried were either too simplistic or enterprise level and way too hard to figure out.

For now, I've rolled my own using bash and rsync. It's still alpha, but I'm refactoring it so it will be more flexible. It will probably never be ready as a package, but, eventually, I may release parts of it as a roll your own toolkit.
Old 12-18-2012, 02:46 AM   #6
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rsync ftw
Old 12-18-2012, 04:37 AM   #7
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duplicity is my first choice
Old 12-18-2012, 04:43 AM   #8
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I love cloning drives!
Old 12-18-2012, 05:51 AM   #9
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Dump/Restore benn using it forever and never had a problem restoring a complete backed up system or a single file.
Old 12-18-2012, 05:53 AM   #10
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:58 AM   #11
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Oh this is one of the hardest choices for me each year.

tar and rsync - But of course. Yet I chose Bacula again for the umpteenth time because it's what the suits think is handling their disaster recovery plan (even though most restores and the majority of any retrieval occurs from rsync and tar).

But then there's rdiff-backup and rsnapshot and LuckyBackup is really kewl too actually.

Of particular noteworthyness is Duplicity (in the list above), and two that I also like very much are ddar (Can we add ddar to the list?) and one that I've been doing a little playing around with that was authored by Dan Stromberg is Backshift

I hope that helps

Kindest regards,

Old 12-18-2012, 06:47 AM   #12
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luckybackup is simple and powerful at the same time.
Old 12-18-2012, 08:02 AM   #13
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Dump still works good.
Old 12-18-2012, 08:28 AM   #14
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I really like Clonezilla and I know Bacula is one of the best backup application but no matter what

I would vote for TAR. Its the best anyone ask and have.
Old 12-18-2012, 09:20 AM   #15
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In a word, Clonezilla.


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