Back in grad school, my laptop died with my thesis on it. I hadn't saved it anywhere, so you can imagine that was a pretty scary moment. Since then, I really learned to keep backups of even my personal stuff. A few resources which round out
an earlier story
are out to help you figure out how to use some more archiving tools.
was one of the latest BSD pieces on the
also gives some example scripts for backing up your system. As a reference, my brief "backup" command is just a small shell script: