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If your Tails becomes broken, for example, it no longer starts, you can follow these instructions to try to rescue your Persistent Storage.
<p>It is advisable to keep a current backup of your Persistent Storage. To learn
how to create a backup of your Persistent Storage, see our [[instructions on
how to back up your Persistent Storage to another Tails USB
Install Tails on a new USB stick on which you want to rescue your Persistent Storage. Make sure that this new USB stick is at least as large as the USB stick that has your broken Tails on it.
Start on your new Tails and create a Persistent Storage. For detailed instructions, see how to [[create and configure a Persistent Storage|doc/first_steps/persistence]].
When the Persistent Storage settings shows the list of possible features,
click **Save** and exit.
The process described below overrides the configuration of the Persistent
Storage. So, it does not matter which features you turn on when creating
the Persistent Storage.
Restart on your new Tails, set up an [[administration password|doc/first_steps/welcome_screen/administration_password]], and unlock the Persistent Storage.
<div class="caution">
Make sure that all applications are closed before continuing with these
instructions. Otherwise, the Persistent Storage might not be properly
rescued from your broken Tails.
1. Choose
<span class="menuchoice">
<span class="guimenu">Applications</span>&nbsp;▸
<span class="guisubmenu">Accessories</span>&nbsp;▸
<span class="guimenuitem">Files</span></span>
to open the <span class="application">Files</span> browser.
Plug in the USB stick that has your broken Tails on it.
A new encrypted volume appears in the sidebar of the
<span class="application">Files</span> browser. Click on it and enter the
passphrase of your broken Tails to unlock the volume.
The Persistent Storage of your broken Tails shows up as
<span class="guilabel">TailsData</span>.
<div class="bug">
<p>If an encrypted volume does not appear, then you might not be able to
rescue the Persistent Storage of your broken Tails.</p>
1. Choose
<span class="menuchoice">
<span class="guimenu">Applications</span>&nbsp;▸
<span class="guisubmenu">System Tools</span>&nbsp;▸
<span class="guimenuitem">Root Terminal</span>
to open a terminal with administration rights.
Execute the following command to rescue the Persistent Storage of your broken Tails to your new Tails:
<p class="pre command root">rsync -PaSHAXv --del /media/amnesia/TailsData/ /live/persistence/TailsData_unlocked</p>