Chapter 9. Fundamental Backup Techniques

Table of Contents
9.1. Introduction
9.2. Moving your data to a backup device
9.2.1. Making a copy on a floppy disk
9.2.2. Making a copy with a CD-writer
9.2.3. Backups on/from jazz drives, USB devices and such
9.2.4. Backing up data using a tape device
9.2.5. Tools from your distribution
9.3. Summary
9.4. Exercises

Accidents will happen sooner or later. In this chapter, we'll discuss how to get data to a safe place using other hosts, floppy disks, CD-ROMs and tapes. We will also discuss the most popular compressing and archiving commands.

Upon completion of this chapter, you will know how to:

  • Make, query and unpack file archives

  • Handle floppy disks and make a boot disk for your system

  • Write CD-ROMs

  • Make incremental backups

  • Create Java archives

  • Find documentation to use other backup devices and programs