Ubuntu: How to write files to a tape


To put files onto a tape, run the following:


tar -cvf /dev/[path to tape] [file or directory] [file or directory] [file or directory]


An example would be:


tar -cvf /dev/st0 /home/bob


This will back up the user bob’s home directory to the tape, here located at /dev/st0 (a typical location – note the zero, not the letter o).


If you want to use compression in your backup, use the z flag in addition to the other tar flags, such as:


tar -cvfz /dev/st0 /home/bob


All done!



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