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8. Creating an emergency boot floppy for ftape


As of the time of this writing (August 1998) I remember that I have read about several emergency disk sets in the c.o.l.a (comp.os.linux.announce) news group since the time this section has been written. Some of those packages actually might produce rather sophisticated emergency boot floppy sets. Please check out yourself. I didn't try to create an emergency boot floppy with recent versions of ftape.

This section was written by Claus Tøndering <>.

Once you are the happy owner of a tape drive and several tapes full of backups, you will probably ask yourself this question: ``If everything goes wrong, and I completely lose my hard disk, how do I restore my files from tape?''

What you need is an emergency floppy disk that contains enough files to enable you to boot Linux and restore your hard disk from tape.

The first thing you should do is to read ``The Linux Bootdisk HOWTO'' written by Graham Chapman <>. That document tells you almost everything you need to know about making an emergency floppy boot kit. The paragraphs below contain a few extra pieces of information that will make your life a bit easier when you follow Graham Chapman's procedures:

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