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How to schedule a backup

It is nice to have your backups scheduled so that they happen automatically.  If you want to do this you need to leave your backup device plugged in and ready all the time.  (If you are paranoid about backups, you can have another backup that you do manually and do not leave it plugged in all the time.  You could even store it in a different building.  But don’t forget to re-run it now and then to refresh the backup.)

Scheduling an automatic backup is easy and pretty safe.

  • Start Luckybackup
  • Select the profile that you wish to schedule (It may already show.)
  • Make sure your backup device is plugged in and available all the time.
  • Click on Profile, then on Schedule…..a schedule box will appear
  • If necessary select the profile
  • Leave “skip critical” checked
  • Set the  time of day
  • Leave everything else alone, just click OK, then click Close
  • Exit from the program.



  • The above settings will run your profile backup every day at the time that you select.  If your computer happens to be OFF at that time, it will backup the next available time.
  • You do NOT have to leave Luckybackup running.  It will run at the scheduled time automatically.
  • You will NOT SEE it running.  It runs in the back ground.  There may be a slight slowdown in your computer, but I doubt it.  If you are concerned about that schedule at a time of low use.
  • Wait a few days and then check the contents of your backup device.
  • Add a few files and then check again the next day….see they are right there.
  • Periodically delete the backup logs.  Out of curiosity, read a few of them.

Luckybackup step by step

Start Luckybackup (LB.)  To do this, click the Kmenu, then System, then Luckybackup.

Make a new Profile for your backup.  Click on Profile, then new, then type a name and press enter.  In this example, I called it “MyBackup.”



Now click on ADD.  It is the button with the green plus sign.  A “Task Properties” box will open.


In the “Name” slot, give your backup a meaningful name.  Anything you want.  I put “Backup of Documents” for this example.

Leave the “Type” slot alone.  You want it to say, “Backup Source Inside Destination.”  For this example, this is what you want.  We want to “Backup” not “Synchronize.”

For “Source” click on the little blue icon to the right of the slot.  A navigation panel will appear.  Use it to highlight the “Documents” folder, then click on OK.


For “Destination,” click the little blue icon next to the slot.  A navigation panel will appear.  Navigate to your backup device, highlight it and click OK.  Do not make sub-folders within the device, if you do, an error will occur.  LB will make its own sub-folders when it performs the backup.


(Note – your navigation panel and your selections will look a little different than mine because your computer is different than mine.)

Your “Task Properties” box should now look something like this….. if it does…. click on OK.


Now you are ready for a “Dry Run”  Put a check mark next to “Back up of Documents” inside the Task List.  Put a Check mark next to “Dry” in the menu bar.  Then Click on “Run”


When you click on “Run” a bunch of files should fly by in the top window and in the bottom window you should get a status report.  If all is well, it will say “No errors found.”  Click


If all is well, click on the “Done” button in the upper left of the status box.  Click on Profile, then click on Save to save your profile.

If all you want to do is backup manually then you are done.  Simply uncheck the “Dry” box and click on “Run.”   A real backup will be made.  It will take longer because actual work is being done.  I cannot tell you how long, but it will be shorter the second time you do it because the program only backs up what needs to be backed up.

So, for the future, your procedure will be this.

  • Insert your backup device
  • Start Luckbackup
  • If necessary select your profile.  Actually your profile should already show, but if you have more than one profile, you have to select the profile that you want to run.
  • Do a Dry run if you like….this is optional
  • Run the backup – wait for backup to complete.
  • Exit the program by clicking Profile/Quit
  • Remove your backup device.

See the next post to learn how to schedule automatic backups.


  • The above procedure backs up ONLY the documents folder AND all the sub folders that are “under” it.
  • The backup only backs up what is necessary, so runs times will get shorter as you use the program.
  • New files that you add “under” documents will automatically be included.  Don’t worry about them, just run the procedure.
  • A log file will be kept on the backup device that shows what happened on each backup.  These log files build up in time.  After several months, you need to delete most of the log files so they don’t take up too much space in the device.  It is OK to delete them all if you like.
  • If you want to backup another folder that is NOT under the documents folder, simply add it to the task list the same way that you added the documents folder.  In this case, two items will show in the task list.





Identify your target

The next step to backing up using Luckybackup, or any program for that matter, is to decide where you want your backup to land.  What medium are you going to backup too?  What is your target?

There are many things available today:

  • A plug in USB hard disk
  • A plug in SSD drive
  • A USB Thumb Drive
  • A SD Card
  • A NAS Device (Network Attached Storage)
  • A Cloud Service (Like Ubuntu One, or IDrive)

For this tutorial, I plugged a USB Thumb drive into my computer.  It is 64 gigabytes in size and is adequate to hold all of my data.  You can see it using Dolphin.  In the illustration below, it is called 64_Gig_USB.  That is going to be my target.


In this guide, I am not going to deal with Cloud Services so plug in whatever device you are going to back up too and then start Dolphin and see how it appears.  Does it have a name?  Take note of what the name is and make sure that the device is working.

Using Dolphin, click on the device, then right click on the panel to the right and create a folder called “Backup.”  You can use any name for the folder that you like, but don’t call it “Documents,” as that may be confusing.


In our example, my target for the backup will be my 64 Gig thumb drive, using a folder called Backup.  (I want use a sub-folder called “backup” in case there are other things already on the drive or in case I want to use the drive for some other purpose too.)

Now we are ready to start using Luckybackup.  You will not need to repeat the steps above unless you make major changes.

Decide what you want to backup

Obviously you must have something on your computer that you want to keep or you would not be reading this.  In order to have a successful backup you need to know what it is you want to back up.  What is so important?  Most people have photographs, word processing files, spread sheets, videos, financial data, and music.  There could be other things as well.  In order to back these things up, you need to know where they are located.

Using Kubuntu Linux, it is probably not necessary to backup all of your programs, or the operating system.  Kubuntu is free and most of the programs that you use are free too.  It is not to hard to re-establish these things if your computer totally crashes.  You want to back up your data.

In this tutorial, I will assume that you have everything that is important to you in your “Documents” folder or in sub-folders that are located under the “Documents” folder.  In the diagram below, you see that I have a folder called Documents and under it I have 3 other folders, “Cats, Dogs, and Pigs.”  You can have hundreds of files and sub-folders.  You just need to be organized and you need to know where things are located.


Use “Dolphin” to browse through your folder structure and locate all  of the things that you wish to backup.  If necessary, re-organize your data so that backing up will be simple.  For example, if all of your data were located under “Documents” and as shown above, then all you would have to do is to backup  that one folder and its total contents.  In my case, I also have other disk drives that I need to backup.  This is possible too.

So, before you do anything, decide what you need to do.  Decide what is important and where it is locate.

How to install Luckybackup

In Kubuntu, you need a good way to back up your document files.  I like Luckbackup.

In Kubuntu Linux…. click on the KMenu button, then System, then select Muon Discover.

Enter Luckybackup into the search slot and then click on the Install button.

If you do not have an install button but have a remove button instead, that means that the program is already installed.

After you install the program can find it by click the Kmenu, then system, then Luckybackup.