Backup Terms Glossary

This glossary of data backup terms contains specific words and phrases that you may come across while working with computer backup and recovery software. Here you can find definitions of backup terms used on this website and in Handy Backup: everything regarding file backup, image backup, database backup, network backup and much more.

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Backup Practices

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Backup Software Features

  • Backup on Logon
    “Backup on logon is a backup operation, started once the user has logged into the system. ”
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  • Encrypted Backup
    “An encrypted backup is a backup, which was encrypted using one of the encryption algorithms. Handy Backup supports encrypted backup. Encrypted...”
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  • HDD Cloning
    “HDD cloning is a process of copying one hard disk drive to another hard disk drive, including partition information, boot sectors, operating systems...”
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  • Auto Backup
    “Backuping data to the disk at periodic intervals without user intervention. This function is useful among backup software. The advantage of an auto...”
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  • Span Backup to DVD
    “Span backup to DVD is a feature of Handy Backup designed to let users back up large files to DVD discs. Though DVD discs are acknowledged as the most...”
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  • Span Backup to CD
    “To span backup to CD means to split the backup data to multiple CDs, if a backup is too large to store on a single disc. This backup will be called...”
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Backup Storage

  • Auto Backing Up to Remote FTP
    “To “Back up to FTP” means to perform a backup operation, according to which, the files are written to FTP server. Backup to remote FTP...”
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  • Backup Destination
    “ A backup destination is a destination, where the selected backup files are backed up to. The destination may vary from a local hard disk, a CD or...”
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  • Backup Location
    “A backup location may mean both where the files are physically stored and their accurate location on the medium. Firstly, it is important to choose a...”
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  • Offsite Backup
    “Offsite backup is the most developed and called-for approach to data backup. Being stored offsite, backups are protected from local threats, such as: ...”
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  • Backup to CD Software
    “CD discs are among the easiest and most convenient media for backups. Let's see the advantages of backing up to CD: CD discs are capacious...”
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  • Destination
    “Destination, while in a file context, denotes a place where the data goes when it is moved from one file or storage device to another. Not only it...”
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Data for Backup

  • Backup Files
    “Backup files are those files which are backed up to high capacity disk drives or a separate disk sub-system, which represent the organisation's...”
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  • Folder Backup
    “Folder backup is a backup of an entire directory with all elements down the folder tree, i.e. subfolders and files. In most PC file systems, folders...”
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  • Backup Document
    “It means to do a backup copy of document to a writable CD/DVD-ROM drive, floppies, USB drives or other media storage. See also Backup Documents ...”
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  • Save Attachment
    “Messages that contain the file attachments, in this context we can say that "save attachment" means to save file attached to the massage. There are...”
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  • Exchange Server Backup
    “Protection of Exchange Servers is usually the most critical part of security policy of any company that has its IT infrastructure based on Microsoft...”
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  • Web site backup
    “Web site backup is a backup of web site contents from an FTP server. This is mostly done to have a copy of files on a local hard disk to be able to...”
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Data Management

  • Data Backup
    “The "Data backup" term usually refers to a backup containing data files such as documents and emails. A system backup or disk image, on the other...”
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  • Disk Compression
    “The notion of disk compression dates from the mid-1980's, when hard drives were very much smaller and, relatively, much more expensive than today. A...”
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  • Copy Prevention
    “A system for preventing the unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted media like movies or music. The DVD format includes both digital and analog...”
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  • Span Backup to DVDs
    “To span backup to DVD means to split the backup data to multiple DVDs, if a backup is too large to store on a single disc. This backup will be called...”
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  • Subdirectory
    “Subdirectory is a directory below another directory. Every directory except the root directory is a subdirectory. In Windows 95 and Windows/NT...”
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  • Root Directory
    “The root directory is the top directory in a file system. The root directory is provided by the operating system and has a special name; for example...”
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Databases

  • Replication Server
    “Replication server is a server that is configured to act either as a source of data for other servers (Master Server), or to receive data from the...”
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  • Mysqldump
    “Mysqldump is a free software program that allows performing “logical” MySQL backup by saving its objects into a text file. Originally...”
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  • Database Replication
    “Database replication is a process of synchronization in which data added to one database is automatically copied to the other. Replication should not...”
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  • MySQL Slave Server
    “MySQL Slave Server is a server in MySQL replication configuration that continuously tracks all modifications of the Master Server’s database...”
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  • Primary Key
    “Primary key is a characteristic of values stored in a database table that allows using these values to uniquely address records to which they belong...”
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  • How to Replicate MySQL Database on Linux
    “MySQL replication on Linux is an important task for several users, as the growing world of Linux actively includes MySQL data in many individual and...”
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Devices to Back Up From

  • CD RW Backup
    “A CD RW backup is a backup saved to one or several CD-RW discs. Nowadays, many backup programs, can do a CD-RW backup, as CD-RWs are ideal for...”
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  • Network Computer Backup
    “Network computer backup is a backup of some data from a network computer, most likely to another network computer. Handy Backup can perform a network...”
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  • CD Backup
    “CD backup is a data copying operation, or a result of an operation, which writes data to a CD. This medium is quite popular, as CDs are now still...”
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  • DVD Backup
    “A DVD backup is a backup operation, or a result of an operation, which writes data to a DVD. This medium is quite popular, as it is quite cheap and...”
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  • Network Backup
    “A network backup (LAN backup) is a backup which is created on one computer and is stored on another computer connected to the same network. The...”
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  • Cut Copy
    “Site copy is any technical measure designed to create copy of a website somewhere. It is used to prevent site crush. For automatically copying...”
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Email Management

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Encryption

  • RC5
    “RC5 is a parameterized algorithm with a variable block size, a variable key size, and a variable number of rounds. Allowable choices for the block...”
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  • Triple DES
    “Triple DES, also referred to as 3DES, is a mode of the DES encryption algorithm that encrypts data three times. Three 64-bit keys are used, instead...”
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  • AES
    “AES, Short for Advanced Encryption Standard, is a symmetric 128-bit block data encryption technique developed by Belgian cryptographers Joan Daemen...”
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  • RC6
    “RC6 is a block cipher based on RC5. RC6 is a parameterized algorithm where the block size, the key size, and the number of rounds are variable. The...”
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  • DES
    “DES, Short for Data Encryption Standard, a popular symmetric-key encryption method developed in 1975 and standardized by ANSI in 1981 as ANSI X.3.92...”
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  • Encryption Algorithm
    “An encryption algorithm is a mathematical procedure for performing encryption on data. Through the use of an algorithm, information is made into...”
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File Management

  • Backup scheme
    “A backup scheme is a scheme, defining various parametersr of the backup process. Now nearly every backup program can perform to satisfy any backup...”
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  • File Copying
    “File copying is creation of a new file which has the same content as an existing file. All operating systems include file copying in the user...”
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  • Self-extracting file
    “Self-extracting file A self-extracting file is a type of file that contains other files that have been compressed (typically through a ZIP program)...”
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  • Windows File Synchronization
    “Windows file synchronization is a process of copying Windows files to a different place that results in appearance of two or more identical folders...”
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  • Synchronization
    “Synchronization is coordination with respect to time. Handy Backup supports synchronization of files and folders. When referring to files...”
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  • Overwrite
    “"To overwrite" means to record or copy new data over existing data, as in when a file or directory is updated. Data that is overwritten cannot be...”
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General IT

  • Hot swap
    “To pull out a component from a system and plug in a new one while the main power is still on. Also called "hot plug" and "hot insertion," hot swap...”
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  • Zip File
    “A zip file is a file, created by means of compressing any file using the zip format. Such files may be unzipped using any application supporting zip...”
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  • Zip
    “As a verb (to zip) it usually means to compress a file in the .zip file format. Zip files are created by using algorithms for compressing files into...”
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  • Key
    “A key, in relation to computer science, is a piece of information that controls the operation of a cryptography algorithm. In encryption, a key...”
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  • Password Protected
    “Enables user to protect specific features on his website/computer/documents with usernames and passwords - so that only authorized persons can view...”
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  • data
    “Data usually means the following: - Distinct pieces of information, usually formatted in a special way. All software is divided into two general...”
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IT Companies

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Network

  • Remote Administration
    “The term "Remote Administration" generally refers to any method of remotely controling a computer. Typically a server, or network workstation...”
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  • FTPS
    “FTPS is a standard FTP protocol, which uses SSL/TLS to secure the data connection. It should not to be confused with the SFTP protocol, which is...”
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  • Local Area Network
    “Local area network (or LAN) is a computer network that spans a relatively small area. Most LANs are confined to a single building or group of...”
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  • Network
    “Network is a set of computers linked to one another for data sharing, or the link itself. When you connect to an ISP or the Internet, you are...”
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  • FTP
    “FTP, short for File Transfer Protocol, is a protocol for exchanging files over the Internet. FTP works in the same way as HTTP for transferring Web...”
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  • IP Address
    “IP Address or 'Internet Protocol' is the numeric address that guides all Internet traffic, such as e-mail and Web traffic, to its destination. The IP...”
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Program Backup

  • MSN Messenger Backup by Software Means
    “MSN Messenger backup is a copy of data stored in MSN messanger that are kept to be order to roll back to the past in case of a loss or corruption...”
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  • Database Backup
    “1)it means to copy databases so that they will be preserved in case of equipment failure or other catastrophe. 2)A backup of the control file and...”
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  • Save Outlook Email
    “It means to save an Outlook email's data to your personal computer, writable CD/DVD-ROM drive, floppies, USB drives or other media storage. With...”
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  • MySQL Backup Table
    “Many people are interested in the question how to make a backup of a single MySQL database table, not the entire database. This backup can be used...”
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  • Outlook Express Backup
    “An Outlook Express backup is a backup of the Microsoft Outlook Express files. Handy Backup can easily add Outlook Express files to the backup set, ...”
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  • Computer Database Backup
    “In our times the work of a specialist, directing personnel, is meaningless without effective use of a computer database of workers' files. A...”
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Software

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Storage Management

  • Tower of Hanoi rotation
    “The Tower of Hanoi rotation is a rotation, according to which the backup media sets are rotated a particular rotation pattern, as in the Tower of...”
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  • Disc duplication
    “Disc duplication is a process of copying the entire contents, be it data files or audio, of one disc to another. Usually special equipment is used...”
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  • DVD Duplication
    “DVD duplication is a process of copying the entire contents of a DVD disc (be it data files or audio) to a different DVD disc. This procedure usually...”
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  • Drive duplication
    “Drive duplication is a process of copying the entire contents, be it system files, data files or any other information, of one drive to another...”
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  • CDR duplication
    “CDR duplication is a process of copying the entire contents, be it data files or audio, of one CDR to another. Usually special equipment is used...”
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  • Copy Protected DVD
    “Copy protection means of preventing the illegal or unauthorized copying of a software product, especially a preventive routine that is incorporated...”
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Storage Media

  • Data Storage
    “It is impossible for modern businesses and government organizations to operate without computers. However, the use of computerized equipment...”
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  • Hard Disk
    “Hard disk is a magnetic disk on which you can store computer data. The term hard is used to distinguish it from a soft, or floppy, disk. Hard disks...”
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  • CD
    “Known by its abbreviation, CD, a Compact Disc is a polycarbonate with one or more metal layers capable of storing digital information. The most...”
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  • What Is External Hard Disk Backup?
    “An external hard disk is a normal hard disk which is located outside of the system block. It is usually enclosed in a special case and can be...”
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  • Compact Flash Card
    “Compact Flash card is a storage device produced in a form of a 42.8 x 36.4 mm card that exploits the Compact Flash interface. For the last several...”
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  • MMC Memory Card
    “A flash memory card that provides storage for cellphones, PDAs and other handheld devices. Introduced in 1997 with a 4MB capacity, the 32x24x1.4mm...”
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Types of Backup

  • Tar Backup
    “"Tar backup" means to backup your data using tar compression. It is very useful, for example: "by using compression, you can usually store more than...”
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  • System Backup
    “A system backup is a backup of all system files, which allows restoring the operating system to a working state after a crash. Usually only special...”
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  • Full Backup
    “A full backup is a copy of all selected files (sometimes most of hard disk files), kept on a different storage media, for use in emergencies. It...”
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  • Simple backup
    “A simple backup is the elementary type of files backup. Each time a compressed archive file is created, the new version of backup file replaces the...”
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  • Cumulative Incremental Backup
    “A cumulative incremental backup is a backup of all data files that have been modified since the last archival backup. Some backup programs employ...”
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  • Backup rotation scheme
    “A backup rotation scheme is a scheme, involving backup media rotation determining various parameters of the backup process. Now nearly every backup...”
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Uncategorized

  • Backup Domain Controller
    “Backup Domain Controller - One or more computers running Windows NT that act as a backup to the primary domain controller (PDC). These machines can...”
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  • UDMA
    “UDMA, is short for Ultra-DMA (Direct Memory Access) and also known as Ultra ATA, UDMA is a standard developed by Quantum in conjunction with Intel...”
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  • Command line SFTP
    “Command line SFTP is a function, allowing transferring files using SFTP protocol, controlled via command line commands. Command line SFTP is used in...”
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  • SyncML
    “SyncML is an open standard for information synchronization. It stands for Synchronization Markup Language. SyncML was developed by OMA and is...”
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  • Adapter
    “A device that allows one system to connect to and work with another. An adapter is often a simple circuit that converts one set of signals to...”
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  • ATA
    “ATA is short for Advanced Technology Attachment. ATA was first approved May 12, 1994 under the ANSI document number X3.221-1994 and is an interface...”
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  • Windows Registry
    “Windows Registry is a database which stores settings and options for the Microsoft Windows operating system. It contains information and settings for...”
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  • RC4, RC5, RC6
    “RC4/RC5/RC6 is a series of symmetric encryption algorithms developed by RSA Security. RC4 is a variable key-size stream cipher with byte-oriented...”
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  • Cryptography
    “The subject of cryptography is primarily concerned with maintaining the privacy of communications, and modern methods use a number of techniques to...”
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