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Old 05-01-2012, 12:15 AM   #1
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Question Question about backintime-gnome

I have some important documents in pdf, as well as some pictures in jpg and s.g format. I backed them up using backintime. Now if I just copy that backup to some thumbdrive and do a fresh install. Will I be able to get my files back???
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My guess would be no. All the documentation I've read about backintime is that it takes a snapshot of your system. So basically it's just a file with pointers of data on your disk. As you make changes to your disk the snapshot grows because the pointers turn into data which was changed using a diff. So if you take away the disk then all of the pointers to files which you have not changed will no longer be there so the backintime snapshot will just be a useless file.

That is if they're using the term snapshot correctly. That's the difference between an actual backup and a snapshot. One is a full copy of data (backup) and the other is a file of pointers to data with only differences stored (snapshot).

I'm currently viewing the source to verify though.

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Old 01-20-2013, 08:51 AM   #3
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Wink wrong...

The question of the OP is to be answered "yes, you can".
BackInTime uses hardlinks to "de-duplicate" unchanged data between the "snapshots" (be the term right or wrong...).
Any snapshot folder in itself is a complete copy of the backupped directory structure.
But make sure to stay on linux filesystems (not a default-formatted USB thumdrive or such) and make sure you use the right parameters to the copy command...


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