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 (partitions and slices).
How to add additional hard disks to your 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.
The various storage media options for backups.
How to use backup programs available under FreeBSD.
How to backup to floppy disks.
What file system snapshots are and how to use them efficiently.
Before reading this chapter, you should:
Know how to configure and install a new FreeBSD kernel (Chapter 9).