If your Tails is broken and you are trying to rescue your Persistent Storage, see our instructions on rescuing the Persistent Storage of a broken Tails.

Creating a new backup Tails USB stick

We recommend you to create another Tails to store your backup. This way, if your Tails is lost or damaged, you can replace it immediately with your backup Tails.

  1. When starting Tails, unlock your Persistent Storage.

  2. Plug in the new USB stick on which you want to create your backup Tails USB stick.

  3. Choose Applications ▸ Tails Cloner.

  4. Turn on the option Clone the current Persistent Storage below the option Clone the current Tails.

  5. Make sure that the new USB stick is selected in the Target USB stick menu.

  6. To start the cloning, click on the Install button.

  7. Enter a passphrase for the Persistent Storage on the new USB stick in the Passphrase text box.

  8. Enter the same passphrase again in the Confirm text box.

  9. Click Continue.

  10. Lee el mensaje de advertencia en el diálogo de confirmación.

  11. Click Delete All Data and Install to confirm.

    Cloning takes a few minutes.

    The progress bar usually freezes for some time while synchronizing data on disk.

Updating your backup

  1. Inicia en tu Tails actual y desbloquea el Almacenamiento Persistente.

  2. Inserta tu memoria USB Tails de respaldo.

  3. Choose Applications ▸ System Tools ▸ Back Up Persistent Storage.

    Cada vez que actualices tu copia de respaldo, sólo los archivos que han cambiado se copiarán.

  4. If your backup Tails has an outdated version of Tails, we recommend you upgrade it by cloning your current Tails using Tails Cloner. For detailed instructions, see how to manually upgrade from another Tails.

Updating your backup Tails from a terminal

If you prefer updating your backup Tails from a terminal:

  1. When starting Tails, unlock your Persistent Storage and set up an administration password.

  2. Choose Applications ▸ Accessories ▸ Files to open the Files browser.

  3. Inserta tu memoria USB Tails de respaldo.

    A new encrypted volume appears in the sidebar of the Files browser. Click on it and enter the passphrase of your backup Tails to unlock the volume.

  4. Execute the following command in a Root Terminal:

    rsync -PaSHAXv --del /live/persistence/TailsData_unlocked/ /media/amnesia/TailsData

    When the command finishes, it displays a summary of the data that was copied. For example:

    sent 32.32M bytes  received 1.69K bytes  21.55M bytes/sec
    total size is 32.30M  speedup is 1.00