Little Backup Box: Card Backup High Performance, Low Cost

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trinakie Regular Member • Posts: 111
Re: Little Backup Box: Card Backup High Performance, Low Cost

Richard B99 wrote:

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.

I have not used RSYNC yet but I might try it. So far I create a new folder for each backup. For me this solution is meant only for travels, when I get back home I sort everything.

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 have now tried on a clean Raspbian lite install and it works. In my previous installation I had tweaked a few security settings such as ssh authentication, port, keys, fail2ban etc. Perhaps some of the changes I did were not compatible with LBB.

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.

Yes, I agree. With the Pi there are so many things you can do, like home security, weather station, portable backup solution, pihole (to remove ads) and so on. It's really fun for experimenting and learning Linux.

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