[SOLVED] Can you suggest a REAL simple way to backup?
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Could always compress the folder see if that goes although I don't think you will have access to the individual files unless the cloud service has the capability to look\take\add in .tar.gz or other .zip like formats? If so could store more for free.
Edit\add: google drive is grate I also email myself important files that sit in folders for years they give lots of storage there too could have lots of email accounts as well...
Thanks jamison. I used to do the email saving too. That could definitely be another safeguard. And learning about compressing files is next up in my Linux learning curriculum.
Sure, there's no reason you have to back up everything. In the rsync command, just change the "/*" to "/home/greggbell" or whatever directory you want to back up (and get rid of the unnecessary excludes in the process).
You could also have your second computer back up to the first, and then the first backs up to the external drive. I didn't mention it in my post, but that 3.3TB I'm backing up includes the regular backups from 3 other computers, one Linux, one Windows, and one OSX. So the external hard drive actually holds the backups from four machines, plus two iPhones and an iPad, all of which is being regularly synced to the external drive using that one script I posted earlier (plus similar scripts or settings on the other machines to back them up to the server).
The overall layout is:
portable devices back up to machine A
machines A-C back up to the server (machine D)
machine D backs up to the external drive using the script I posted earlier
So everybody has a backup. Some have two, and the portable devices actually have three.
My needs are nowhere near as large as yours, but you make this backup thing seem do-able. (I took a screenshot of your post and put it on my desktop--hopefully I won't lose it because I'm not backed up yet!--so I can refer to it when I get down to this in earnest.) I'm still getting comfortable with the computer commands and all, but I may be back in a little while asking you to proof my rsync command. Thanks a lot.
That's actually a little confusing, jamison. Dropbox has a 1GB max upload limit for folders and Drive has only 10MB!! https://support.google.com/drive/answer/37603 The gregory folder is 230MB. Maybe I need to switch to Dropbox. Thanks for the command. Will definitely experiment with it.
I thought I should put that in there in case you missed it, even tho the part in bold was the lol and looks like drive only lets archive up\downloads like dropbox (not actual use of them over the net.)
Last edited by jamison20000e; 03-21-2014 at 01:59 AM.