Moving Data via Sneakernet Removable Media

The vast majority of Linux's disk accesses involve hard disks, but hard disks aren't the only type of disk. In fact, removable media are more important in some ways than hard disks—they enable you to easily move data from one computer to another when a conventional wired or wireless network is not available or is awkward. (This method of data transport is sometimes called a sneakernet because of the role that feet, and hence athletic footwear, play in the operation.)

If you're in the market for new hardware, the first step is evaluating your needs. With this information, you can pick appropriate Linux-compatible hardware. You must then settle upon what filesystem or filesystems you'll use on these disks. Finally, you can configure your system to actually use the hardware.

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