Thanks for the help so far! Unfortunately, I am still struggling to get Duplicati back up and running correctly on my Win10 PC.
I am still seeking suggestions how to efficiently recover from my issues. I apologise in advance for the length of this post.
I will re-summarise the issue and what I have tried. Background first:
- Win10 PC backing up to Fedora based NAS/microserver
- Duplicati Version 2.03.3_beta_2018-04-02 (note that I intend to update to the latest version eventually but I have had problems updating versions in past so one thing at a time, please)
- Prefer to run Duplicati as a service and I run the tray icon with the “—no-hosted-server” parameter
- Three major drives on my Win10 PC:
- c:\ operating system drive with Win10 installed
- d:\ data drive
- f:\ pictures drive
- Due to large backups, I had configured Duplicati to run two separate backup jobs, one for the data and one for the pics
As a reminder, when my Win10 operating system files became corrupted, I was able to use Linux tools (Parted Magic) to make a copy of all the files on the corrupted Win10 c:\ operating system drive. I then reinstalled my c:\ operating system drive from a disk image that I had made shortly after a Win10 clean install several years ago. At the time of the disk image, I had not yet installed Duplicati.
Objective: reinstall Duplicati version 2.03.3_beta_2018-04-02, re-create the backup jobs from saved json files and get the database repaired / sync’d to the backup data on my microserver.
Try 1: I reinstalled the Duplicati software and recreated the backup jobs from the json files. Everything fine up to this point. Tried to run the backup and I got a message saying something like (sorry, I didn’t write it down) “6925 files not found, Please run database Repair”. I went into Database option and ran the Repair option. The Repair ran for ~36 hours, the progress bar seemed to stall at ~80% and I eventually got frustrated and aborted the job.
Try 2: I figured that the files I need to get Duplicati must be present in the copy of the operating system drive with the corrupted Win10 installation. After posting here and getting suggestions, I copied across the
c:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Duplicati directory back to my new operating system drive. When I tried to run the backup job, I received a similar error that there were missing files and I needed to run the database repair. This time, I tried the delete database and repair option. Again, the repair process was very slow and I lost the job more than 24 hours later when we suffered a minor power outage that reset the computer.
Try 3: I noticed that the Duplicati backup job screen said the database location was at
c:\Program Files\Duplicati 2\data. So this time, I shut down Duplicati and tried replacing this directory with a copy from my old operating system drive. When I rebooted my computer, my Chrome browser will no longer open up the Duplicati GUI (http://127.0.0.0:8200) – I get the error This site refused to Connect, localhost refused to connect, ERR_Connection_Refused. I checked and cofirmed that Duplicati is running as a Service but interestingly, the Tray icon (–no-hosted-server) does not start up and it crashes when I try to manually restart it. I thought I had it with Try3 but I am obviously breaking the installation somehow.
I am hoping to get advice and clear instructions as to the most efficient way to get Duplicati back up and running on this machine.
Worst comes to worse, I guess, I will simply install the latest version and create brand-new full back-ups although, from experience, this takes many days. Thanks in advance for your help!