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. Memory Disks
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 and storage media in FreeBSD. This includes SCSI and IDE disks, CD and DVD media, memory-backed disks, and USB storage devices.

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 grow the size of a disk's partition on FreeBSD.

  • How to configure FreeBSD to use USB storage devices.

  • How to use CD and DVD media on a FreeBSD system.

  • How to use the backup programs available under FreeBSD.

  • How to set up memory disks.

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

  • How to use quotas to limit disk space usage.

  • How to encrypt disks and swap to secure them against attackers.

  • How to configure a highly available storage network.

Before reading this chapter, you should:

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