Little Backup Box: Card Backup High Performance, Low Cost

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OP Richard B99 Senior Member • Posts: 2,536
Re: Little Backup Box: Card Backup High Performance, Low Cost

trinakie wrote:

I have bought a Raspberry Pi 4 a couple of weeks ago exactly for the same purpose of having a cheap and small device that allows me to backup photos from SD to a portable hard drive while traveling and without the need of a Laptop.

When I bought the Pi I wasn't aware of this post and didn't know that LBB existed. Thank you for sharing this. My way of making the backup is to simply plug the hard drive as well as the camera's SD card (through a USB SD reader) to the Pi and then connect to it from my phone with VNC or ssh and simply transferring the photos manually. To connect phone and Pi I simply create a tethered wifi network in my phone and the Pi automatically connects to it. In this way I have the full control of what's happening.

That’s a completely reasonable approach too.  I was heading that way until I found LBB.  Just curious but do you use RSYNC for copying too?  I really like its ability to do an incremental backup/copy with no fuss.

Just for fun I have tried installing the LLB script in my raspbian buster but for some reasons it doesn't work at all. I have set it in "remote control" mode but I cannot visualize the webpage at the Pi's IP address as explained in the guide. I have tried many things, like restarting the service, rebooting the Pi and reinstalling the script, but it never works. Perhaps I must try on a fresh installation of a Raspbian buster. Anyway, my way of using it so far works nice and is pretty quick and easy to use.

I’ve no idea what the issue could be there but I did an install against a completely clean Rasperian Buster o/s.  I was intrigued by the amount of stuff installed when LBB is added - a lot of libraries for what is a very simple Python script!  So perhaps a fresh installation on another card might do the trick.

I’ve been really impressed with the Pi 4s ability and have been using/playing with it for other jobs but I do use an alternative boot card for this other stuff so I don’t accidentally trash my LBB setup.

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