<table align="right"><tr valign="top"><td>[[Image:hard-link-1.png|thumb|right|
250px|(Image licensed under [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ cc])<br>Image manipulated by author]]]</td><td>[[Image:inode-number-3.png|thumb|right|500px|'''Hard links''' share the '''same inode number'''. Hard links are very good for '''backup''' purposes.]]</td></tr></table>
A '''Hard link''' is a reference to the physical data on a file system.