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Questions about what and how to backup your Raspberry Pi

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Can I capture photo and video uploads on my network?

Brand new to the community but will be setting up pi hole this week on a pi zero w. I have an Android phone and am backing up all my photos and videos to Google photos. Wondering if I can somehow use ...
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Cloned SD-card won't boot, stuck on welcome screen

I've got a RPi 3b+ (Raspbian 9.13 stretch) that I've had for a couple of years. Usually it works fine, but I've had a couple of issues with SD-cards in the past, so I'd like to keep a spare one on ...
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Are backups using dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 safe and consistent?

Conventional wisdom has it that creating backups by using dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 ... from a live filesystem is prone to error. Changing a filesystem that's being copied as an image will result in a ...
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Timeshift does not work on pi4

I really like timeshift for backup and restore because it's simple, works well, and I can store the backup locally. I have not been able to get it to work on a pi though. When installed from apt ...
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Rpi3 stuck on rainbow screen on both cards after cloning of SD card

I had a working version of Openmediavault on Raspberry Pi 3b+ fully updated and confirmed to be rebooting without errors. I powered down, removed SD card and imaged onto a windows machine using win32 ...
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Recreate SD card from separate boot and rootfs partitions

I backed up my SD card incorrectly. Instead of making a full copy of the SD card I backed up the boot and rootfs partitions separately. How do I recreate the SD card image with the separate files? ...
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How to manage installed apps, settings, and other tweaks (back-ups)

I use my Pi for a couple things: SSH VNC SMB + mini dlna Game streaming I have also installed some stuff on it like pihole. I might wanna start using it for hass.io as well at some point; perhaps ...
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Rescue file from backup

I made test backup from my Raspberry sd-card to usb-stick using SD Card Copier and now i need to rescue one text file from it. Earlier when i plugged it in, it said "unrecognized format" or ...
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Cloning my Raspbery Pi OS without an SD card [duplicate]

I'm running this OS version on my raspberry pi version 4 ... # uname -a Linux raspberrypi 5.10.17-v7l+ #1421 SMP Thu May 27 14:00:13 BST 2021 armv7l GNU/Linux I want to clone my current OS into a ...
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How to backup entire Raspberry pi SD card over network?

There are several questions like this but they are a bit old. I have a pi zero running Raspbian. The pi is enclosed in a metal case (don't worry, it's vented) and I can only access the SD card by ...
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Pi 4 - Any good Backup Solutions for Backing Up attached External HDD to another attached external HDD on a Schedule

I am looking at building a Pi 4 NAS using Open Media Vault using some gear I have lying around the house. I have a external WD USB 3.0 HDD and an external 4TB USB 3.0 HDD I was planning on setting up ...
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How to clone a Pi that has flash instead of an SD card

I'm working with the Pi CM3+, which has 32GB of flash memory (at least my specific one does). While of course it needed an image on an SD card to initially boot, since then it has been operating ...
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e2fsck on Raspberry Pis

I need to run e2fsck on the raspberry pi, because I want to create a shrinked Backup. I have mounted an external server inside /mnt/BACKUP. There I have created an bash script. It will first create a ...
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How to backup a Raspberry Pi over SSH?

I tried following: ssh <pi>@<ip> "sudo dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 bs=1M | gzip -" | dd of=~/Desktop/pibackup.gz sudo: no tty present and no askpass program specified 0+1 records in 0+1 ...
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Copy my setup from a non-booting SD card to a fresh USB install

Alright, long story short, I've been running a copy of Raspbian Lite for a while on a RPi 4, off a MicroSD card. I'm using it along with a couple of USB3 drives as a makeshift NAS, where I store my ...
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Installed Raspbian and can't backup with Timeshift

I haven't seen this issue posted anywhere else. It's not the same issue. Basically, I'm installing Raspbian with a fresh install. I boot into it and am immediately low on disk space. Here's why: df -h ...
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Shrinking image file I cant open [duplicate]

I have a certain custom Raspbian image downloaded from the internet for a project which I need to use. The file is a little less than 32 GB and I am having issues getting a card which can fit that ...
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Use Overlay, ext4 and squashfs filesystems, to create flashable Raspberry Pi SD Card

Here's one for the guru out there.. I use a Raspberry Pi 3B+. It has an SD card with two partitions. So the layout is: mmcblk0 179:0 0 59.5G 0 disk ├─mmcblk0p1 179:1 0 256M 0 part /boot ...
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Can preserve LVM partitions while changing sd card and os?

I want to make a NAS storage with Raspberry Pi and attached drive. I would like to create partitions on my drive with LVM, but I'm afraid, that once my sd card with os breaks, I will lose my all data, ...
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Piping dd with pishrink and ssh to remotely create a shrunk backup image of a raspberry pi

I usually create remote backup image of my raspberrypi from my macbook by using: ssh pi@xx.x.x.xx "sudo dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 bs=1M” | pv | gzip - | dd of=/Users/USER/Downloads/pibackup.gz There ...
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Raspberry 4 - NAS, slow copying over the network

Raspberry 4 - NAS, slow copying over the network I have problem with copying backup speed over network, currently only 30MB/s. How can I confirm that this is the maximum data backup speed? I tested ...
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How do I make a backup with DD? [duplicate]

I installed Arch-Linux-ARM on a 128GB SD-card for my Raspberry Pi. Now I want to make a backup. There is less than 1.5GB of data on the SD card and if I want to make an image with DD, DD wants to read ...
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MySql backup database every night

I have service and MySql database on my Raspberry Pi 2B. Yesterday, my SD card in my phone died. I started thinking about database backup on my Raspberry Pi. Anybody have any experience with this? I ...
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Do I need to stop services when performing a full system backup of Raspberry OS on a RPi4 using rsync?

Well I guess the title is pretty self-explanatory but to put a little more words on, I want to use rsync to perform a weekly, incremental backup of my RPi4 which is hosting Pi-Hole, Unbound DNS and ...
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Backup Pi onto same SD card, different partition

I am wondering if it is possible to: Partition an SD card into two (or three including boot partition) Install PiOS on one partition that it boots on Boot the Pi and make various software adjustments ...
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how to create .iso file from Raspbian SD card with two partitions

a few years ago, when I created my Raspbian SD card from a downloaded Raspbian iso file, it created two partitions - boot and data. Now I want to clone what I have into a larger SD card. How can I ...
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Backup with dd super slow when run as root

I have a simple script that backups Raspbian to a network share: sudo dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 of="/mnt/NAS/backup.img" When I manually run the script with sudo ./backup.sh, everything is fine, ...
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copy sd card through terminal

I'm trying to back up my retro pie SD card in case of corruption, but Retro pie does not have a desktop environment, so can't use the sd card copier tool. Is there some terminal command to do this? I'...
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How to backup a compressed version of your raspberry pi sd card image on Windows 10?

I'm interested in backing up my hard work and time invested RPi image with all packages setting and files installed in there and put it on a RPi zero w from RPi 4B so I've seen this thread on the ...
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How to clone Raspbian installation stored on SD card to a desktop computer?

I have the following setup: A SD card with Raspbian installed, that is to configured for my preferences. A Raspberry Pi 4 using the above SD card. A desktop computer with an Intel i3 2310M-...
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Backing up entire Raspberry Pi's state

I have a Raspberry Pi 3B+ that I use for random tinkering projects. What would be the correct way of backing up the entire "state" of the Pi, including any downloads, apps, scripts, settings, etc? ...
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Failed to start Load Kernel Modules after rsync restore

After restoring the whole raspbian system using rsync, I get following errors during boot. systemd[1]: systemd-modules-load.service: Main process exited, code=exited, sta... systemd[1]: systemd-...
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What would be an appropriate external drive for RaspberryPi backups?

I am running my Raspberry 24/7 and would like to use a backup-script on a daily basis via a cronjob. That script puts certain contents together in an archive and should then store the archive ...
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Back up system to hdd

I have a hdd connected to one of my raspberry pi’s that is on raspbian, now I would like to be able to backup my Linux machines 2 or more to that hdd on a regular basis to help with system restores. ...
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Recover Raspberry Pi 3B+ / Raspbian Buster powered off during upgrade

Edit - I checked the version and the original SD A was actually at Buster. SD B is at Buster as well. My Raspberry Pi 3 B+ was turned off while running sudo apt-get upgrade. The SD card (SD card A) ...
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Pi4 backup/restore of /rootfs partition from bkup_rpimage

I've done a bkup_rpimage onto a USB3 drive using: https://github.com/lzkelley/bkup_rpimage From: https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=12079 But try as I may, I haven't found ...
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Can I clone an existing OSMC installation onto a separate card that runs Berryboot?

So I have a Raspberry Pi 3B that I have setup to run OSMC. I would like to use the same Pi, but be able to boot from a choice of systems. Berryboot seems like a perfect solution, but is there a way ...
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Retrieve data from several Raspberry Pi disk images

I have about 40 Raspberry Pi SD-Card backups, dating back several years, with different projects, some of which I barely remember. As they are clogging up my harddrive (400+ GB), I would like to ...
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Copy / Back up all images on Android phone to SD Card with folders

I am running a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B as a VPN Gateway with OpenVPN. On my Samsung S8, I have the app OpenVPN for Android installed and the VPN tunnel to my home network works like a charm. What I ...
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Can I mount an USB stick (ext4) and create a backup of the Pi using the dd command?

I want to use the following command: sudo dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 of=/mnt/myBackup.img bs=1M What if the USB drive was formatted to vfat?
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Determining correct image size for Raspbian backup to fit only real data on rootfs

I regularly backup my Raspi using a script that rsyncs rootfs and /boot onto a image created with losetup. This is the current branch I am working on: https://github.com/ephestione/RaspiBackup/blob/...
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Periodic backup of Rpi3 Stretch SD card

Starting with a pristine install of Raspbian Stretch on a 16GB SD card, I plan to set up various sets of software packages. I would like to start with a baseline install and create a restore-point (...
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backup raspberry Pi OS

Hello i am running ubuntu mate on raspberry pi 3 and i would like to back up the img of the OS straight to an external usb. Do you have any suggestions ? Is this going to work ? sudo dd if=/dev/...
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Create a minimal system backup, with personal files and configuration parameters, for cloud upload

There are currently many tools that let you fully backup a running Raspberry into either a clone device (SD/pendrive), like rpi-clone, or to a series of rsync incremental backups (RaspiBackup by framp ...
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Why can't Pi 4B read a copied back-up micro-sd card in a usb card reader?

I am using the SD Card Copier accessory to make a micro-sd card back-up. The back-up card (in a micro-sd to USB adapter) is recognized by the copier as sdb, and I know that the copying is OK, because ...
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My Raspberry Pi crashed after pulling out USB drive from it

My Raspberry Pi's OS is Raspbian Stretch Lite. My Raspberry Pi crashed after pulling out USB drive from it. I'm not able to access it via SSH. I have connected the SD card of my Raspberry Pi to my ...
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How to clone a ssd which I am using to boot

I have an SSD that is connected via USB to SATA cable to the Pi. I have a lot of files and settings saved on this SSD, I wanted to make a backup of this on another SSD, such that if something happens ...
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Backing up a raspberry pi over the network

I have 4 Pis. On each Pi I have mounted my Airport Extreme (Apple router that has built in storage) to /home/pi/Airport. I would like to automatically backup each Pi on a set interval. Would doing ...
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can I backup pi3 to a image file remotely to macbook?

My pi3 is placed 300+ kilometers away and I can't reach it frequently(probably 2 times a year). I would like to backup the disk image remotely once a month, almost all tutorials I found are for which ...
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Technologies to use in a peer to peer, file sync, high availability, cluster like, backup solution [closed]

I've been doing research on how to setup a self host backup high availability solution using raspberry pi's. The biggest requirement is master to master replication and cross platform client support. ...
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