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Old 04-07-2007, 06:20 PM   #1
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backup solution

hi all

i have just completed my first complete gentoo install including X yay !

the reason i am building this system is so that i can backup my windows system ( i have a wife,windows or bust for her ) , i have huge space in the gentoo system and want to set up an automated backup .

i can wakeonlan the windows pc , works fine , and also mount the c: drive ! , so now i just need a way of creating that backup and if possible shutting down the windows pc when complete !

Thanks a lot in advance
Old 04-07-2007, 08:09 PM   #2
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There are basically three different types of backup: Full Backup, Incremental Backup and Differential Backup. You can read more about those here:

An easy way to backup is using rsync. Here is a neat tutorial:

I would recommend you to read about those three different procedures of backing up a system and then choose one that works best for you. When you've done that, google, for example: "Linux Differential Backup". Some links should be some tutorials to guide you through it.

I personally don't use any automatic way of backing up my system. All I use are two linux tools (tar and gzip) to do a Full Backup / Restore (Note: not backup/restore of the whole system, only my personal files). Take a look in here to see how I do it:

It really depends how you want to backup your files, how often they change and how big they are.


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Old 04-08-2007, 01:35 PM   #3
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Cheers man , thanks for the swift reply , got some reading to do !
Old 04-08-2007, 01:43 PM   #4
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Hi. Just to add another (possibly unnecessary) option, I find Bacula very useful and documented for networked backups between platforms, to _my_taste. Even has a GUI too, having in mind that you should be starting with it, if interested.


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