Backup Files Quickly and Easily
This is one simple method of backing up and restoring your files.
- The application you need to install is Déjà Dup. For instructions on how to install the deja-dup package, see the installation manual.
- Déjà Dup is pre-installed on Trisquel 4.5 and above.
Opening the ProgramAfter it is installed, Déjà Dup is located in the Main Menu at System Tools → Preferences → Déjà Dup Backup Tool.
ConfigurationBefore making any backups, you should configure the Preferences, which are accessed in the toolbar via Edit → Preferences.
There are multiple settings:
- The backup location (on Amazon's pay-per-use S3 service, on a remote server, on removable media like external hard drives or thumb drives, on a connected server, or on a local folder)
- Which folders to be backed up (by default, it will back up the files in your /home folder except for the Trash directory)
- Whether or not to encrypt your backup files. Enabling encryption is recommended to keep your data safe.
- Whether or not to automatically backup on a schedule (daily, weekly, biweekly, or monthly)
- How long backups should be kept (anywhere from at least once a week to indefinitely)
When you are ready to make your backup, simply click on the right-hand Backup button and enter your encryption password if prompted. The first time you run Déjà Dup, you will be asked to choose a backup location and which files to include or exclude. Wait until the process is completed.
RestoringWhen you are ready to restore from a backup, simply click on the left-hand Restore button and enter your encryption password if prompted. The first time you run Déjà Dup, you will be asked to choose a backup location. Then choose which backup date to restore from and where to put the restored files. You can either restore them to their original locations or put them in a folder of your choice.
After clicking Forward, you can review your restore options, then click Restore to start the restore.
- While backup to Amazon's S3 service is possible it is NOT RECOMENDED! You should never trust a third party such as Amazon with storage of your data for many reasons.
- Amazon's servers can crash and they can lose your data the same way a hard drive can crash for you.
- You should only store your data on a server you completely control. This can easily be achieved by backing up to devices such as external hard drives.
- If the government requests copies of your data a third-party can easily do so. If you control the data you can tell them to return with a search warrant.