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> However, I made sure no VM was running (my host system
> crashed previously anyways). That means there's a difference between
> powering down a VM (e.g. qvm-shutdown) and having a powered down VM due to
> crash / power loss? Am I right that the backup tool uses the LV
> `vm-<name>-private` for backup only, but my data was in
Spot on. That was the situation in R4.0.
> Then, what about showing a warning that there exists a snap of a VM in the
> qubes-backup utility (at the same place where "The VM is running, backup
> will contain its state from before its start!" is shown as well), even if a
> VM is not running currently? That would have definitively saved me.
I know it doesn't help you anymore, but R4.1 avoids the whole problem
by cleanly stopping crashed volumes when the computer is restarted:
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