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D. BothUsing and Administering Linux: Volume 2https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-5455-4_18

18. Backup Everything – Frequently

David Both1 
Raleigh, NC, USA
In this chapter you will learn
  • Why backups are important

  • How to use S.M.A.R.T. to predict hard drive failures before they occur

  • How to create simple backups using the tar command

  • How to devise a simple backup strategy


Nothing can ever go wrong with my computer and I will never lose my data. <sarcasm>Right</sarcasm>.

I have experienced data loss for a myriad of reasons, many of them my own fault. Keeping decent backups has always enabled me to continue with minimal interruption. In Chapter 17 of this volume, we looked at some of the many ways in which data can be lost, ...

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