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12/23/2014 – How to Generate and Download a Full Backup With cPanel

Posted by Jamison on 23 12 2014.

You never know when anything catastrophic will happen to your PC. Imagine losing all the hard work you’ve put in with cPanel. It is therefore important that you back up your files every once in a while so you can always have something to fall back on.

 

One thing you should remember ahead is that restoring a backup will overwrite any existing file.

 

Generating a full Backup with cPanel

 

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Go to the Files section and click on the Backups icon.
  3. Under Full Backup, click Generate/Download a Full Website Backup.
  4. Go to the next page and select the Home Directory option from the Backup Destination drop-down menu.
  5. For Email Address you can opt to be notified via email when the backup process is complete. You can also change the notification email address if you want to.
  6. Click on Generate Backup.

 

You backup will now be generated and placed the tar.gz file in your home directory. You can then download the backup using either cPanel, FTP or SSH.

 

How to download the backup from cPanel

 

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Go to the files section and click on the Backups icon.
  3. Under Full Backup, click Generate/Download a Full Website Backup.
  4. Under Backups Available for Download, click the link for the backup file you want to download.

 

Pick where in your PC where you would like to save the backup.

 

How to restore a full backup

 

A full backup cannot be restored without the root user for the server. Some root servers will restore your full backups free of charge as long as the account previously existed on the server and you have uploaded the file yourself.

 

Note that some root servers will also require you to fill up a request form before this operation can be carried out.

 

How to create a backup of your Home Directory

 

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Go to the Files section and click on the Backups icon.
  3. Look for Under Partial Backups. Choose Download a Home Directory Backup then click the Home Directory button.
  4. Click Save As or select Save File in the popup that appears.
  5. Choose what location you would like to store the backup locally.
  6. Click Save.

 

The backup file will be downloaded to the location you have chosen in a .tar.gz file. You can open it with a Linux command line or unzip it with the appropriate software.

 

Restoring a Home Directory with cPanel

 

You can restore a home directory backup in cPanel in the same place where the backup was created. To do this:

 

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Go to the Files section and click on the Backups icon.
  3. Look for Partial Backups. Choose Restore a Home Directory Backup and click on the Browse button.
  4. When the pop-up appears, navigate to the appropriate destination and choose the backup file you intend to use.
  5. Click Open.
  6. Click Upload.

 

A new tab displaying all of the files that were replaced should open. Close this then you’re done.