As the old saying goes Read The Full Question
so I went back and looked at your original question and decided to have a look at what might be available as far as backup programs for Linux. I have probably done this in the past and as I did not find anything to my liking I simply did my own thing. Here are my findings and opinions on the current state of things...
- Most Linux backup software is industrial strength - good for backing up web, database and other servers - overkill for the home PC user
- The easier to use software is commercial (read $$$)
- Much of the software is somewhat geeky - OK for system admins but a steep learning curve for he novice user
However, I did find a program which might be what you are looking for. It is called FlyBack and is located herehttp://www.flyback-project.org/
. Click on the Installation Instructions (Linux) link and download the flyback-lucid_0.6.5-1_all.deb file. This is intended for Ubuntu 10.04 but it seems to install and work OK on 11.04.
Here are a few things to be aware of...
You need some sort of storage device to backup to. I used an 8 GB flash drive for my testing. That will get you started but it is slow and will fill up before too long if you collect a lot of data on your PC. A USB connected external hard drive would be great with this program. Or a second internal hard drive. These are cheap these days and easy to install. Really!
The user interface on the program is simple but takes a little getting used to. For example, once you have a backup going you will need to left click on the bottom of the window to cause the progress to display. The newest backup is shown at the top of the list of backups. I can get used to these.
The program is SLOW when using a flash drive. Be patient when you click something such as Explore (to look at what is in a backup archive - takes a few seconds to come up).
The backup directories stored on the flash drive are hidden. That is the name starts with a period. Remember that when you have no room left on the flash drive an yet there are no files on it.
If you wish to give this program a try...
- download the Lucid file shown above
- right click on the file and "open with package installer" or software center
- choose to install and you will be prompted for you password - that is about it.
Insert your flash drive.
Fire up the program.
Double click on the + to create a new backup (strange but that is what is says to do)
By default it points to your home directory - that is OK
Select the flash drive on the lower half of the window as the place to backup to
Click New and on the next screen Backup
If the status (actually elapsed time) does not display at the bottom, click the bottom left of the window)
It will do its thing and when done a backup will be listed under history
If you give this a try and it seems to work please let me know. I will provide you with a short test plan to allow you to exercise the program to retrieve an older copy of a file and recover a deleted file.