Here's a quick code snippet on how to backup files and restore them from the shell.
To back them up, run the following code:
$ tar -zcvf filename.tar.gz folder/
To backup all files in the directory you are currently in, run:
$ tar -zcvf filename.tar.gz .
Here's a breakout of the parameters:
z - gzip compression
c - compress the files
v - verbose output (lists the files)
f - file
To uncompress the file(s) (eg. unload to server - overwriting files), use the following:
$ tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz
The key difference is the c in the compress command above was replaced with an x for the extract command.