"Last week we learned how to rescue a failing hard drive by
copying files to a second local hard drive. You can also copy files
over the network, which is useful for nearly any problem, whether
it's software or hardware. You need a second PC running sshd.
Suppose the second PC is named filestore. Boot SystemRescueCD on
the sick computer, then use the scp command to copy your important
% scp -pr /home alrac@filestore:rescuedfiles/
"-p preserves modification times, access times, and modes. This
only makes sense on Linux filesystems. -r means recursive, or copy
all the contents of a directory..."