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File Archiving and Compression Best Practices

I have been given the assignment of recommending a file archiving and compression procedure. Our files are on a dedicated Linux Server running MySQL 5.5, and PHP 5.3.5.

Our files need to be archived and stored so they can be accessed when necessary, but shouldn't be accessible to those without permission (this part may be a separate question). My question is:

Is there a software to handle the file archiving that you have used and recommend?

Is it best to archive manually, or to use an automated software?

What is the best format for compressing files without data loss?

Please include a reason for your recommendation.
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I preffer tar.gz. As to handle archiving I use rsync and bash script that automates it. I use rsync uncompressed daily (so it just new files get copyed) and a weekly backup.
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Thank you for the quick response's. I will look into each suggestion and decide which fits my situation. I will leave the question open long enough to review the suggestions (and maybe get a few more suggestions). I am leaning toward rationalboss's: suggestion, but I would like to give florjan's code a shot.
Again, thanks for the quick replies.
Both of the experts were very helpful with their descriptive and thorough suggestions. I appreciate it very much, you saved me unknown amounts of time and headaches.