The importance of managing filesystems and disks cannot be overemphasized. (Go ahead, try to emphasize it too much. I'll wait.) Your disks contain your data, making reliability and flexibility paramount to the operating system. FreeBSD supports a variety of filesystems and has many different ways to handle them. In this chapter we'll consider the most common disk tasks every system administrator performs.

Disk Drives 101

Most people treat disk drives as fragile magic boxes. If you treat a drive badly, you can make the drive screech and grind, and with enough abuse, you can let the magic smoke escape so it will never ...

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