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Save backup to PC or SD-CARD [released]

asked 2013-12-28 02:02:02 +0300

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updated 2014-03-16 21:25:22 +0300

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To prevent data loss, give us choice to save backup on pc or sd-card.

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The question has been closed for the following reason "released in a software update" by vicsjo
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Backup to SD is planned to appear in upcoming update. Backup to PC - later (need to understand what is the easiest option).

dez ( 2014-01-03 13:00:07 +0300 )edit

it needs to have a backup file to store in other place than Jolla Mass Storage... if I recover device, backup will disappear and this is a problem!

michdeskunk ( 2014-01-18 12:52:17 +0300 )edit

Yes, just noticed. Backupped and factory resetted. Where is the backup..... Everything gone. Frustrating.

shertell ( 2014-02-11 18:38:14 +0300 )edit

This is unbelievable.Who thinks that it's a good idea to put the backup file where factory reset will delete it? Especially on a phone that is known to be buggy as hell and will net constant resetting? I'm seriously starting to wonder if it was waste of money to support Jolla.

AxMi-24 ( 2014-02-11 22:04:02 +0300 )edit

@AxMi-24: There is no problem to copy the backup directory to SD Card or PC (it is all saved to /home/nemo/.vault). There only is no easy (fool-proof) procedure yet. With a few Linux commands you can save it all to the SD Card or tar and copy to your PC. I am sure, a solution without Linux command line will appear some day ...

jgr ( 2014-02-11 23:31:37 +0300 )edit

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answered 2013-12-28 16:53:06 +0300

Indeed, backups are essentially useless right now if not saved on a computer or SD card. In the update system menu, or in the backup management menu, there should be at least a message, warning users to move the .vault folder from the home directory to SD card or computer.

A dialog to share the backups with bluetooth to the computer, or copy to the SD card just after realizing a backup could be even nicer.

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For now one can (tar and) copy .vault folder manually to eg. SD card and copy back from there.

Jukka ( 2013-12-30 15:32:47 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-01-03 02:13:42 +0300

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updated 2014-01-20 21:16:22 +0300

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See the information given here:

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answered 2014-04-14 13:58:32 +0300

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Use Dump/restore to/from memory card from Backup UI menu. It is available since Update #4.

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Thank you for the update, works fine. At least backup, didn't try with restore.

SergeiStPete ( 2014-04-14 16:28:11 +0300 )edit

Take into account: this is the export/import of backup storage to/from sd card. So, to restore from sd card you should "Restore from memory card" and then choose the snapshot and restore from it. This is a bit confusing wording and it will be fixed :)

dez ( 2014-04-14 23:38:22 +0300 )edit

i see, thanks. not critical

SergeiStPete ( 2014-04-14 23:52:35 +0300 )edit

I think it is worth noting that "Copy to memory card" does not create a current backup; it takes all of the backups you have already made and copies them to a tar archive on the SD.

If you want to have a current backup transferred to the SD, you thus need to do the following:
1. Open the Settings application
2. Go to "System Settings"
3. Scroll down to "Backup"
4. Select all the items you want to backup
5. Click "Create" to create the backup
6. Pull down the top menu and select "Copy to memory card"

Then, when you have done a reinstall/factory reset of your device, you can use "Restore from memory card", and the most current backup will be the first choice. You then click that to restore it.

(I am almost certain above instructions are correct, but I did not test it myself, as I didn't realise until after a factory reset that this is how it works. Luckily I made a tar archive of the entire home directory and copied it off the phone with SCP/SSH to be extra safe. Happy I did now!)

oitos ( 2014-05-18 00:13:04 +0300 )edit

Yes, "copy to mem card" is not a best name. There will be changes to make everything more clear.

dez ( 2014-05-22 17:07:09 +0300 )edit

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