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I noticed there are a lot of raspiBackup users who use dd as backup method. There is a certain risk with dd which doesn't exist with tar of rasync. That's why I suggest better to use tar or rsync .

 

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Depending on the backup method used in raspiBackup you should choose the right filesystem on your backup partition. Following table lists the different filesystems per backup method.

-: not possible, -+: limited, +: possible, ++: suggested

2G limit: Backup files can not be larger than 2G

 

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A lot of time people ask how rsync backup type works and how hardlinks are used. Following article describes when files are created and deleted on the file system Dateien and when hardlinks are used.

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Whenever an upgrade to a new version of raspiBackup is executed it's tested whether the new version has new configuration options. If there are new configuration options used the local configuration file will be merged into a new file with the new configuration file while upgrading raspiBackup. Following page describes in detail what's going on during configuration update.

Note

If a version less than 0.6.5 is upgraded the configuration file merge has to be starten manually after upgrading. Following command will start the configuration update:

sudo raspiBackup.sh --updateConfig
 

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A new version 0.6.5 of raspiBackup is available. It contains 7 bug fixes, 3 enhancements and 4 new features. Major new features and enhancements are follows:

 

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Starting with release 0.6.5 of raspiBackup an itelligent rotation strategy of your backups is supported. It's also called GFS (grandfather-father-son backup). raspiBackup retains following backups per default if a daily backup is created:

1) Backup of the current day and the last 6 days

2) Backup of the current week and the last 3 weeks

3) Backup of the current month  and the last 11 months

4) Backup of the current year and the last two years

If weekly backups are created there will be no daily backups kept. Different retention values for daily, weekly, monthly and yearly can be defined with an option, e.g. if you want to retain weekly, monthly and yearly backups. Keep in mind the weekly backup day then will become the day of the weekly and monthly backup: If you configure Monday as the weekly backup day your monthly backup will be the first Monday of every month. Yout yearly backup will be the first Monday of the year. Iy you create a weekly backup every Sunday the monthly backup will be the first Sunday of the month and the yearly backup will be the first Sunday of the year.
 

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I finally picked myself up and created a video about raspiBackup and published it on Youtube. Topics in the video are

  1. Introduction of raspiBackup
  2. Visit of the most important websites for raspiBackup
  3. Visit of github which is used as a question- and issue handling tool for raspiBackup
  4. Live installation of raspiBackup with the menu driven installer

Slides used in the video can be downloaded here.

 

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raspiBackup is used in following 61 countries (as of 09/21/2020)

AE United Arab Emirates

AR Argentina

AT Austria

AU Australia 

BA Bosnia and Herzegovina

BE Belgium

BG Bulgaria

BR Brasila

CA Canada

CH Suisse

CM Kamerun

CO Colombia

CN China

CY Cyprus

CZ Czech Republic

DE Germany

DK Denmark

DZ Algeria

EE Estonia

EG Egypt

ES Spain

EU Europe

FI Finland

FR France

GB United Kingdom

GL Greenland

GR Greece

HR Kroata

HU Hungury

ID Indonesia

IE Irland

IL Israel

IN India

IT Italy

JP Japan

KZ Kazakhstan

KR South Corea

LT Lithuania

LU Luxemburg

LV Latvia

MD Moldova

MT Malta

MX Mexico

NL Netherlands

NO Norway

NZ New Zealand

PL Poland

PT Portugal

RO Romania

RS Serbia

RU Russia

SE Schweden

SG Singapore SI Slowenia

SK Slovakia

TH Thailand

TR Turkey

TW Taiwan

UA Ukraine

US United States of Amerika

ZA Zaire

 

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In general it's sufficient to backup your raspberryonce a week and keep a given number of backups. If you want to keep a longer history of your backups - i.e. use an intelligent backup strategy - use raspiBackup with a wrapperscript. That way you have the last 7 daily backups of the week, the last 4 weekly backups of the month, the last 12 monthly backups of the year for the last years.

Note: Starting with version 0.6.4.4 raspiBackup supports the smart recycle backup strategy and no helper script is required any more. See here for details.

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pishrink is a useful tool to reduce the size of dd images to it's minimum. When the image is booted the image expands the root partition to it's possible maximum size. You can shrink an image created by raspiBackup by using the helper script raspiBackupWrapper.sh. Following paragraph describes in detail how to configure raspiBackup to shrink dd backup images with pishrink.

 

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In general using the installer is the fastest method to install raspiBackup. The installer also can be used to install raspiBackup with it's default configuration via the commandline. If you want to install raspiBackup manually execute the following steps:

 

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Following pages describe different usage scenarios and configurations. They should help to find the right usage configuration out of the various configuration options of raspiBackup. Later on these usage scenarios can be customized further. An overview of all option is available here. The different ways to restore a backup are described here.

All configurations which don't use a dd backup save an external rootfilesystem together with the SD boot partition. If the USB bootmode is used and no SD card is used any more the whole rootpartition is also saved.

 

Usage scenarios described:

1a. A Windows user wants to backup his Raspberry and restore it with windisk32imager on Windows.

1b. A Windows user has a 32GB SD card but uses only 12GB and 12GB should be saved only.

1c. A Windows user wants to use pishrink to create a minimal backup image.

2. Raspberry should be saved very fast. Backuppartition is a nfs mounted EXT4 partition which is provided by a Synology.

3. Raspberry should be saved on a Samba mounted filesystem, which is provided by a Windows box.

4. A snapshot should be saved because there are some major changes planned and it should be possible to revert quickly.

5. A NOOBS SD card should be saved.

6. Raspberry should be saved on a local USB stick or a local USB disk.

 

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Any regognition of raspiBackup development- and maintenance effort and support of raspiBackup is greatly appreciated. There exist following donation alternatives:

1) Paypal: The eMail listed on the Contact page is known by PayPal and everybody owning a Paypal account can donate.

2) Bitcoins: Address is 13aXub22Sy3AvTKkj14yvnUdMQYJQFdbRo

3) Neither one: Just contact me per eMail (See Contact page) and we will find an alternative.

 

Everybody who donates will be listed below. If you don't want this please let me know.