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Old 03-11-2009, 12:13 PM   #1
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Backing up to a USB pen drive

Hi folks,

I recently bought an 8G USB pen drive which I reformatted to ext3. I would like to use it to back up my system regularly and then back up to DVDs quarterly or semi-annually. I'd basically want to back up /home (without my downloads directory, etc.) and /etc.

My problem is that I'm having a hard time trying to find a program that will fit my needs. I'd prefer a KDE-based GUI, something like K3b's. I really don't want to do the command line thing. Most of the ones that I've seen either are command line or are for enterprise purposes which would really be overkill for me. luckyBackup looked perfect, but it's only for KDE4.x.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Old 03-11-2009, 12:21 PM   #2
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I am not sure of a good gui that can do what your asking. Why is it that you dont like command line though ?
Old 03-11-2009, 12:59 PM   #3
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I know you said you don't want command line, but for your purposes 'rsync' is ideal.

It's not to difficult to learn, something like this will do a backup:

rsync -avHSx --delete-after /home/username /mnt/usbdrive
where '/home/username' should be replaced with your home directory and '/mnt/usbdrive' with the mount point of the USB drive.

The --delete-after means it will delete any files on the USB drive that don't exist in your home directory (useful for repeated use if you don't want to keep files backed up previously that you have deleted in your home directory).

While you are at it you might also want to look into encrypting your USB stick first, so your backed up data is safe, have a look here for a quick guide:
Old 03-13-2009, 04:02 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses. Sorry for the couple day delay in replying. Real Life caught up.

I'm not "afraid" of the command line or anything, but for my purposes it would definitely be easier, especially since I want to omit several directories under /home. I'm sure I can do all that with rsync too, but it would be much easier with a GUI.
Old 03-14-2009, 12:27 AM   #5
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There's grsync which is a GUI for rsync. The Slackbuild is available on

However, as mentioned in the README, not all rsync features are available.


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