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Backing up from Windows to Debian

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:21 pm UTC
by somitomi
I have a laptop running Windows 10 and an older desktop running Debian. I'd like to make backups of the laptop's files on the desktop and keep that more or less up-to-date. The computers are connected to the same LAN and the desktop has more than enough disk space to copy literally everything from the laptop, but I'd rather not do that every time.
I have absolutely no knowledge about backing up, so I' like to know what methods exist to do this.

Re: Backing up from Windows to Debian

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:33 pm UTC
by Mutex
Maybe try this: https://acrosync.com/windows.html

I've not tried it, but Rsync was my first thought and apparently that's a Windows implementation of it.

Rsync compares the source and destination folders and only copies over the differences since the last backup.

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ETA:

On further reading that software isn't free and you only get a 15 day trial.

It seems you can use rsync if you have Cygwin installed. This is apparently a video showing how to do that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8d5B1JC-1d4

Re: Backing up from Windows to Debian

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:33 pm UTC
by speising
Yes, i'm using cygwin rsync to back up my pc to the raspi. That works fine. Rsync only copies changed chunks of files. You need to figure out the command line, though (not trivial), and probably write a little batch script.
It's cool to let it make each backup to a new date folder with a complete "virtual" copy via hard links.

Re: Backing up from Windows to Debian

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:38 pm UTC
by Mutex
I think "rsync -a <source> <dest>" is pretty good for making simple backups. Also the -z flag compresses files before sending them, but that's probably unnecessary, it'll probably take longer to compress the files than the time saved by having smaller data to transfer.

Re: Backing up from Windows to Debian

Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:34 am UTC
by somitomi
Thanks. That sounds a little too advanced for my current level of Linux-skills, but hopefully my local Linux-mage can help me with that.