Full System Restore with Déjà Dup


  1. First, get your system to a “fresh” state. Maybe it’s a fresh install, maybe it’s a new account on an old computer. Don’t worry about getting comfortable and customizing settings yet. Wait until after you restore your previous settings to change anything, as any customizations you make now may get overridden once you restore.
  2. Next, you need to install Déjà Dup. Your distribution vendor may package it for you, otherwise download and compile it.


  1. Open Déjà Dup. Choose “Applications → Accessories → Déjà Dup Backup Tool”.
  2. Click on the big “Restore” button.
  3. A dialog will appear asking where your backup files are stored (your “Backup location”). Choose it from the dropdown or choose “Other…”. On this same screen, select whether you encrypted the backup or not. Click “Forward”.
  4. Choose the date you want to restore from. Usually you can just leave this alone, as the default is the most recent backup. Click “Forward”.
  5. Choose where to restore. Since this is a full system backup, leave it as the default (to restore over your current install). Click “Forward”.
  6. Review your selections and click “Restore”.
  7. Wait. Your files won’t appear in your home directory until the entire restore is finished.
  8. Reinstall any programs that you enjoyed in your previous install.
  9. Enjoy!


Permission Denied Errors

Some versions of Déjà Dup will not correctly restore files stored in a folder that you did not have write access to when you backed them up. After the restore completes, you will get an error screen listing each file that was not restored. You can still manually copy the files to where you’d like them to be by going to the temporary folder named in the error dialog and moving the files.

General Fallback

If for whatever reason, you have a problem after trying to restore with the “Restore files to original locations” option, try restoring again to a temporary directory and moving your files to where they belong.

DejaDup/Help/Restore/Full (last edited 2009-11-07 13:25:22 by MichaelTerry)