Often, when you have only a few files that you need to protect from loss or corruption, it might make better sense to simply copy the individual files to another storage medium rather than to create an archive of them. You can use the
rsync, or even the
cpio commands to do this; you can also use a handy file management tool known as
tar is the traditional choice because older versions of
cp did not handle symbolic links and permissions well at times, causing those attributes (characteristics of the file) to be lost;
tar handled those file attributes in a better manner.
cp has been improved to fix those problems, but
tar is still more widely used.
rsync has recently been added to Ubuntu and is an excellent choice ...