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jeremy 12-17-2012 07:12 PM

Backup Application of the Year
What's your preferred tool for backups?


beder 12-17-2012 08:05 PM

no love for cron jobs + scp?

NeoMetal 12-17-2012 08:10 PM


malekmustaq 12-17-2012 09:28 PM

Preferred back up tools, respectively:

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


josephj 12-18-2012 02:18 AM

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.

sycamorex 12-18-2012 02:46 AM

rsync ftw

Joe72 12-18-2012 04:37 AM

duplicity is my first choice

PhoenixAndThor 12-18-2012 04:43 AM

I love cloning drives!

Keith Hedger 12-18-2012 05:51 AM

Dump/Restore benn using it forever and never had a problem restoring a complete backed up system or a single file.

kooru 12-18-2012 05:53 AM


tallship 12-18-2012 05:58 AM

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,


anticapitalista 12-18-2012 06:47 AM

luckybackup is simple and powerful at the same time.

astanton 12-18-2012 08:02 AM

Dump still works good.

metalaarif 12-18-2012 08:28 AM

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.

verndog 12-18-2012 09:20 AM

In a word, Clonezilla.

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