Since I’ve had so much bad luck with wireless cards and laptops lately (my last attempt endedup in kernel panic,) I decided to figure out how to back up and restore my hard drive image.  This way I won’t have to keep popping the install CD in and putting my installation back to square 0, thereby losing all my configurations.

Apparently, in Linux, it’s really easy to capture a tar ball of your entire partition and then just unpack the tar ball onto the partition if you break something and need to restore.

Check out this guide on the Ubuntu forums: Howto: Backup and restore your system!