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D. BothUsing and Administering Linux: Volume 3https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-9786-5_47

47. Back Up Everything – Frequently

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

  • How to use Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART) to predict hard drive failures before they occur

  • How to create simple backups using the tar command

  • How to devise an effective yet simple backup strategy


Nothing can ever go wrong with my computer, and I will never lose my data. Riiiiight.

I have experienced data loss for a myriad of reasons, many of them my own fault. Keeping excellent backups has always ...

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