Backing up Ubuntu

Asked by eldergnome on 2010-03-30

I am getting comfortable with 9.10 and I understand the new version will be out in a few weeks. I have a large capacity external hard drive and have made copies and backups of things like bookmarks, add ons, etc. I have a copy of my Home directory on the external hard drive. Am I correct that after I install the new Ubuntu and other programs, replacing everything to the Home directory from my hard drive will put everything back in place? I am particularly concerned about my address book (Thunderbird).

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Generally, backing up the files and settings from your home directory (be sure to check hidden folders in your home directory, these typically contain the settings for the various programs) to an external source and then replacing them after re-installation is the best method of backup on a linux system.

One specific note (I don't know if it's even going to be an issue - but want you to be aware of it) is that Thunderbird is being updated to version 3 in Lucid. Hopefully, the address book is compatible with the new version, I certainly expect that it will be - but cannot confirm or deny.

Best of luck,

eldergnome (eldergnome) said : #2

Thanks for your help. I suppose a lot of the questions here are from newly converted users. I apologize for what may seem obvious. I am determined to learn and truly appreciate everyone's help. I will not go back to Windows, never.