Simply Backup help

Peter Schwenke peter at
Fri Apr 3 00:36:12 BST 2009

Callan Davies wrote:
> I've found it works really well, but I can't say I've ever tried a restore.

I really would try that ;-) That is probably the biggest problem with
backups - people find they can't restore.  This could be for a variety
of reasons (media, setup ...).  You should be able to restore to some
other area than the original.  You will also have been through it before
when you come to the heart flutter situation of really needing to do it ;-)

Just to add another option into the mix.  I've used Amanda
( for  years.  It is trickier to set up and all
command line stuff.  I use an external USB  disk.  Prior to that I used

The backup does selected partitions from all machines on the network.
I've pulled out individual files from backup and unfortunately had to
recover an entire partition.

One nice thing is that the backup format is basically a tarball with
some info on the front.  You can skip passed that initial info to have a
normal tarball.   With some backup solutions (mainly priority) you end
up with some format where you need the original software.


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