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Old 12-17-2006, 03:29 PM   #1
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Backup software

What software would you recommend for the following requirements? It will be used to automate backups about 250 GB in size.
  • Can run automatically (ideally daily at some time like 3 AM when there's nothing else running)
  • Supports external USB 2.0 drives
  • Runs on SuSE Linux 10.1 (32-bit)
  • Easily allows for restores in the event of some catastrophe that requires reformatting the system's internal hard drive
  • Has some sort of GUI rather than everything being done through configuration files or the console.
  • Lets me specify what directories to back up, which could be on multiple partitions and multiple physical drives.
It will back up a 500 GB internal hard drive (about 250 GB of which is in use) as well as some directories like users' home directories and the contents of /srv.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Old 12-17-2006, 07:20 PM   #2
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Have a look at KDar. It's a KDE frontend to dar, the disk archive utility. It does full and differential backups. I know that you can configure it via the gui, but then export a dar command that you can use in a cron job to schedule it to run regularly. I don't think it configures cron for you, and I've never actually done it myself, but I don't think it's that hard.
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Old 12-18-2006, 12:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions. I tried out KDar, defined five backups (/srv, my home directory, /var/lib/pgsql, /var/lib/mysql, and the big 500 GB drive), exported them all as cron jobs to be run as root so permissions don't become a problem, and they all seemed to run fine--and surprisingly quick given how much data was involved. I turned off compression given a lot of what I'm backing up (music and videos) is already compressed.


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