Chapter 18. Storage

Table of Contents
18.1. Synopsis
18.2. Device Names
18.3. Adding Disks
18.4. Resizing and Growing Disks
18.5. USB Storage Devices
18.6. Creating and Using CD Media
18.7. Creating and Using DVD Media
18.8. Creating and Using Floppy Disks
18.9. Backup Basics
18.10. Network, Memory, and File-Backed File Systems
18.11. File System Snapshots
18.12. Disk Quotas
18.13. Encrypting Disk Partitions
18.14. Encrypting Swap
18.15. Highly Available Storage (HAST)

18.1. Synopsis

This chapter covers the use of disks in FreeBSD. This includes memory-backed disks, network-attached disks, standard SCSI/IDE storage devices, and devices using the USB interface.

After reading this chapter, you will know:

  • The terminology FreeBSD uses to describe the organization of data on a physical disk.

  • How to add additional hard disks to a FreeBSD system.

  • How to configure FreeBSD to use USB storage devices.

  • How to set up virtual file systems, such as memory disks.

  • How to use quotas to limit disk space usage.

  • How to encrypt disks to secure them against attackers.

  • How to create and burn CDs and DVDs on FreeBSD.

  • How to use the backup programs available under FreeBSD.

  • What file system snapshots are and how to use them efficiently.

Before reading this chapter, you should:

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