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Backup question

Discussion in 'Data Protection' started by ozzieonline, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. ozzieonline

    ozzieonline Well-Known Member

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    Hi there,

    In cPanel there are 2 ways to make a backup. One can make a full backup, or a partial backup.

    I'm wondering if the partial backup will backup all of the webmail as well. Can anyone clarify this?

    I will only be using 1 cPanel account and all my websites will be add-on domains. I wonder if I make a partial backup if all of the emails from all the websites will be backedupped as well.

    Many thanks for any advice on this.
     
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    Hi Infopro. Where exactly do you read it doesn't backup e-mail? In the home directory is a folder "mail". Is that where all the webmail is located? And if so... why do you think it won't be backupped?
     
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    Sorry, my mistake. And, you've answered your own question. :)
     
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    Hehe, no problem... but actually my question was if all e-mails are indeed located in the "mail" directory? (I always assumed that mail messages were stored in a database, so that's why I ask this question. Is the "mail" folder indeed the location where all messages are being stored?)
     
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    I checked;

    /mail/domain.com/username/cur/ and /new/ show email files in a backup I peeked at.
     
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    Thanks Infopro. So the e-mails are being backupped. That's nice and good to know. Then I'll just make partial backups instead of full backups. Seems like a good choice.
     
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    I've always been partial to fulls, myself. ;)
     
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    What do you mean by that? My English is not that good :eek: :confused:
     
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    Sorry, I'm more inclined to always grab Full Backups instead of partial backups.
     
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    Allright... and why is that?
     
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    From the docs I linked you to:
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    One gets some, the other gets everything.

    If my server drops over dead, it happens, I'd much rather have full backups.
     
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    Ah, allright... My server is hosted and full backups are created every night by the hosting company.

    For me I think the partial backup option is more convenient because I work with add-on domains. If something goes wrong with 1 domain, I can (hopefully) restore the files manually. However, if I would make a full backup, then all of the sites will be restored.
     
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    You can restore files manually from the full backup also.
     
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    Thanks for the tip. How do you do that? I downloaded a partial backup and I can open it with WinRar and see all the files in it. That's quite convenient. I can replace each file with a backup easily this way.
     
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