Backup Home Directories in Linux

by on May 2, 2006 · 4 comments· LAST UPDATED November 12, 2008

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Q. I would like to Backup all directories in /home to /dev/st0 tape drive. How do I use script to automate task and what commands do I need to use?

A. Use tar command to backup /home directory. The GNU version of the tar archiving utility included with all Linux distributions. Following tar command also works with Solaris/HP-UX UNIX and FreeBSD/*BSD oses.

For example tar command to backup /home should be as follows:
# tar -czf /dev/st0 /home


  1. /dev/st0 : Linux SCSI Tape device name
  2. /home : Home directory name

This will also backup hidden files and directories. Since this topic is already covered, please refer scripts and previous posts:

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Partha Chakraborty January 8, 2008 at 7:08 am

This site is extremely helpful in learning scsi tape backup in Linux. I wish you good luck and thank you all for the help.


2 Imran Said November 12, 2008 at 8:03 am

This site helped me lots. thanks for all this brilliant effort.


3 sumit October 8, 2009 at 6:42 am

i had tried to take backup of whole system , backup has started but there is not any messages apperas after finishing the backup after taking servral hours


4 lol July 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

This does not backup /home it backups the tape drive..


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