Using My 1 TB Hard Drive As Storage

When I migrated to SSD on my Mac mini, I kept the original 1 TB hard drive to store my old Mac OS data. That was just in the SSD migration failed. After two weeks of non-event, it was time to blow up my 1 TB hard drive. That means deleting the entire drive and using it as a backup drive for storing miscellaneous and less frequently accessed files. I’m not worried about the new SSD failing, because I have Time Machine. I can always restore the entire OS from my Time Machine backup. So, I dumped everything on the 1 TB drive and emptied the Trash Can. I took awhile, but now I have all that real estate for storage.

SystemBack

If you want to create a backup of your Ubuntu desktop and create a ISO based on your setup, then SystemBack is the program that you need. SystemBack performs a backup of your system and creates a live ISO that you can boot up and install over multiple computers. SystemBack is available via PPA. To install, just type the following in the Terminal.

// Add repository for SystemBack
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:nemh/systemback
 
// Run an update
sudo apt-get update
 
// Install SystemBack
sudo apt-get install systemback

Once installed, run SystemBack from the Menu.

Backup MySQL via Bash Script

If you run your own LAMP server, you might want to check out this Bash script which perform backups of the MySQL database. The neat little script can be set to run independently or as part of a cron job. All you have to do is provide the backup directory, username, password, hostname and port number.

The backup script is quite simple. It checks if the backup directory exists and creates one if it’s missing. It will then list all databases and performs a MySQL dump of each database ignoring the mysql, information_schema, and test databases. The file is formatted in gzip and then stored in the backup directory.

The backup script can be set to run every day or once a week using cron. The backup will depend on your backup requirements. I recommend testing the backup and restore process to see if it works.

Automate WordPress Backup

Hackers are increasingly attacking WordPress blogs. It’s always good advise to stay current with the latest WordPress releases. If you are worried about losing valuable blog data, consider automating your backups. In addition, you can send the backup data to yourself via email. WP-DB-Backup is plugin that does just that. It will perform automated backups of your database, based on your preference, whether it’s daily, weekly, monthly. You can setup the plugin to email it to you every time it performs a backup. Start automating your backups now.