Useful Tips to Restore Ubuntu Linux


Ubuntu is designed to support and work well with the Linux system. The launch of the latest version of Ubuntu seems to fascinate many technology users. However, new versions often seem difficult to work with, and users often want to return. Going back to the previous version of Ubuntu is difficult if you do not know the steps necessary steps.

If you know the exact tool that you can use to revert to the previous version, then it makes things easy. Using the tool called TimeShift, you will be able to go back to the previous version. It comes handy for reverting back when you feel the new version is not what you want.

TimeShift is a data recovery software free tool that is used to take a snapshot of the entire system. It works at regular intervals and takes incremental snapshots. The tool preserves the settings, system files, and other stuff. Your music, documents, and pictures will remain intact even after reverting to the previous version of Ubuntu. If you want to back up your user files, then you can use Back In Time tool.

How to backup your applications?

Using the Aptik tool you can take applications backup by applying the following steps:

• Launch a Terminal Window using Ctrl + Alt + T

• For installing Aptik use the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa

Press Enter key and then type the following command.

sudo apt-get update

Press Enter key and then type the following command.

Sudo apt-get install timeshift

• Type the password and press Enter

• Now to quit the Terminal Window type ‘Exit’ and press Enter or hit the X button

• In the Search box type ‘TimeShift,’ as soon as the icon appears, click to launch the application

• Enter your Password in the dialog box and click ‘OK.’

The TimeShift window appears with the option of ‘Backup Device.’ You can choose a partition or a drive that you want to backup. You will understand about the number of snapshots required within the status bar. When a snapshot is taken, it is stored in the related device. If you want to take a backup of the device, then use the option of ‘Backup.’

When the snapshot is created, you will get details that include name, version, date and time of the system. You will be able to see the space available in the status bar along with the detail of the last snapshot taken.

Identifying various options in snapshot

When you go to the ‘Backup Device’ you can see a list of the path of the snapshots related to the specific device.

The ‘timeshift’ directory is all about the snapshots that you have taken using TimeShift. It includes scheduled snapshots that are defined by the user.

The manual snapshots are stored in the snapshots folder. You should copy the folder to a USB drive or a cloud or network drive. The application is compatible with Google Drive and Dropbox. The Browse button will help you check out the contents of the snapshot. The directory launches in File Manager and all the files from the system get listed.

You can choose to remove snapshots by creating automatic remove option available in ‘Settings.’

To schedule snapshots adjust the slider to ON/OFF within ‘Scheduled Snapshots.’

Now you need to checkmark against ‘Enable.’

The ‘Auto-Remove’ allows you to remove older snapshots to make space for new snapshots. You can set a limit to remove snapshots. The time and the amount can be entered for a smooth process.

In the ‘Advanced’ tab, you can exclude directories, files and directory contents.

For restoring a snapshot launch TimeShift-> select the specific shot and Restore.

The ‘Target’ tab is used to specify the device for restoring your snapshots. You can mention the device where you need to restore it. Select the option of ‘Device for Bootloader Installation and Device for Restoring Snapshots.’

To select the applications you need to use the ‘Exclude.’ The applications selected in the tab will appear in the current settings.

The ‘Advanced’ tab helps you in removing contents from the restored system.

The TimeShift is an amazing tool to restore files; it comes handy for System Restore. You need not require any other software or application as it offers numerous features and functionality. It is easy to use, and you can utilize it to make custom settings for storing files and documents. It is one of the best when it comes to restoring files for when you reinstall your Linux.


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