uriah heep stan10x10 at
Tue Aug 7 18:02:59 UTC 2007


On 8/7/07, Michael Bach (gmx) <bach.michael at> wrote:
> Hi Neil,
> I use an external usb-harddisk for backups. My setup: laptop with a 100
> GByte /home partition (about 40G free). This partition is backed up
> regularly. All media stuff (and other less import things) are kept on
> another external usb-disk.
> For the actual backups I used to make one to one copies. I wasn't
> completely happy with this approach and went over to use "rsync" because
> it can (i) delete files on the backup if they are removed from the
> source tree and (ii) can make copies of files in the backup if they have
> changed on the source tree. However, I just recently read in the German
> issue of the "Linux-Magazin" that "rsync" is somehow limited if it comes
> to synchronisation of two computer, eg. laptop and desktop sharing same
> backup. One article recommended the "unison" tool.
> If I am not mistaken, "unison" comes with a graphical frontend and for
> rsync there is a program called "grsync".
> External disks have the advantage that they can be taken and locked away
> easily and you can put bigger disks inside. Amongst external usb or sata
> drives, check out network drives.
> Mike
> Greg Booth wrote:
> > On 8/6/07, Neil Winchurst <neil at> wrote:
> >> Anyone any recommendations for backing up my important files please.
> >> At the moment I use DVDs but there must be better ways. Or perhaps
> not??
> >>
> >> Neil Winchurst
> >
> > Talking whole directories or just individual files ? There's free
> > online backup sites available that give you usually about 2 gig to
> > store stuff, but I'm not sure I'd want to back up my whole ~ directory
> > over the wire, take forever and I just don't want my personal stuff
> > going across the internet.
> >
> > Greg
> >

If you use an external hard drive you can avoid resync problems by
partitioning the drive and backing different devices to different
partitions.  I of course would have to do that with my dual boot system if I
did not have 2 old drives.

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