Chapter 17. Storage

17.1. 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:

  • 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: