Re: Back up routines
Thus, can I please have a few recommendations for a backup routine that
is safe for dummies (i.e. me) and is low maintenance that I can just
leave to run according to a cron job once (or twice) a week? It would
be backing up to my former IDE HDD (now in an enclosure) via an USB.
I know it is considered insufficient, as another poster wrote, but I use
rdiff-backup to backup my home directory in a manner similar to what you
describe, and I am pleased so far.
Running it is just a one line one command, and restoring to the last
backup is simple, as a complete copy of the last backup is available in
uncompressed format on the backup disk.
would be best if the application was able to tell what has changed
between backup sessions to back up only that which is new, but perhaps
that is the default anyway.
It only backs up what has been modified, and stores previous versions,
or diffs to previous versions, in compressed format.
The homepage <http://rdiff-backup.nongnu.org/> also mentions some
graphical front ends that may be useful, but I have not tried any of them.
But, of course, what they call an off-site backup solution would be
better. I have just, so far, been too lazy.