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

  • Migrate Data
    “It means to copy files, settings, e-mails, shortcuts, bookmarks, games from existing to new storage devices. ”
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  • Restore
    “ Whilst backup is a routine that is well understood, restore, the ability to restore data is usually only performed when data is lost, corrupted, or...”
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  • Outlook Restore
    “Outlooks restore means restore of Outlook's files and settings from backup’s files in case of any Outlook data loss. Of course it’s...”
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  • Disk Mirroring
    “A means by which data is written to two duplicate disks simultaneously. If one of the disk drives fails, the system can instantly switch to the oth...”
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  • Restore Setting
    “It means to restore a backup copy of your personal computer configuration settings or application settings. ”
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  • Data Restore
    “Data restore is a process or a result of the process of copying (and also decrypting, if necessary) the backup data to its original or another...”
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Backup Software Features

  • 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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  • PIM synchronization
    “PIM stands for Personal Information Manager. The PIM synchronization program is a kind of program that synchronizes your personal info such as...”
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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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  • Backup Service
    “Backup services are services that are designed to let users back up files and folders to network storage systems (commonly, via the Internet)...”
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  • Differential Incremental Backup
    “A differential incremental backup is a backup of all data files that have been modified since the last incremental backup or archival backup. Some...”
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  • Zip Backup
    “Most backup utilities provide an option of automatic backup compression, and ZIP compression is one of the most popular algorithms. Archiving backups...”
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Backup Storage

  • Remote Backup
    “Remote backup is one of the most actively developing areas of backup, gaining popularity day by day. Backups stored on remote servers are very...”
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  • Backup to DVD
    “Backup to DVD is a backup operation or a result of an operation during which the backup files were written to a single or multiple DVDs. This backup...”
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  • Backup Server Types: Virtual and Physical Servers
    “ Servers are computers dedicated for storage and operations with data through any type of network. A typical server is a network-attached...”
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  • Local Backup
    “ A local backup a copy of a file or document that is located on the computers hard disk drive or on the storage is plugged in directly to the...”
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  • Backup to USB
    “By backing up your data to external USB devices, you protect it from several possible sources of data loss at once: User mistake. If you...”
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  • Data Backup to DVD
    “Data backup to DVD is a process of backing up any data to the DVD media using any type of a backup utility. Since DVD is becoming more pupular, it is...”
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Data for Backup

  • Save WWW Files
    “Nowadays, almost anyone has a website. But what does one do if the FTP server crashes, some file gets deleted or changed and is not recoverable? How...”
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  • WWW backup
    “WWW backup is a backup of all files stored in the "WWW" folder on an FTP server. This allows both editing files offline and securing them in case an...”
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  • Save Data
    “It means to save information, music, software or smth else to the saving device. It is vere usefull to backup your datas. "Saving data to your local...”
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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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  • Site Backup
    “To backup site means to copy the files from the FTP server, where the website is located, to a local hard disk or any other device. Usually this is...”
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  • Save Settings
    “It means to save settings information to your personal computer, writable CD/DVD-ROM drive, floppies, USB drives or other media storage. ”
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Data Management

  • 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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  • Span Backup to CDs
    “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 a...”
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  • Data duplication
    “Data duplication is a process of creation of an exact copy of data on a different medium. Most data duplication software out there simply lets you...”
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  • Access
    “Access is a process of obtaining data from files or acquiring the use of a device. Access implies an input/output (I/O) operation, and is used as a...”
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  • Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows
    “ Remote server administration tools is a type of software used for administering different aspects of server from other machine (often called the ...”
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  • Directory structure
    “Directory structure represents the layout of the folders, the way they were created on a disk. It is best shown in a directory tree, where it is...”
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Databases

  • MySQL Clustering
    “MySQL clustering is a technology that allows distributing the MySQL database across multiple independent nodes, to eliminate every possibility of...”
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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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  • Database Storage Engine
    “Database storage engine is a mechanism employed by database management software that defines how it stores and handles data. Different DBMS have...”
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  • Shared-Nothing Architecture
    “Shared-nothing architecture (SNA) is a pattern used in distributing computing in which a system is based on multiple self-sufficient nodes that have...”
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  • Database Architecture
    “Database architecture is a model describing the logic of distribution of database objects throughout the system. It is usually designed in accordance...”
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  • 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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Devices to Back Up From

  • CompactFlash backup
    “CompactFlash backup is a backup of data, stored using the CompactFlash interface. Normally, it means a CompactFlash card backup. ”
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  • CompactFlash card backup
    “CompactFlash card backup is a backup of entire contents of a card, based on the CompactFlash interface. CompactFlash card backup can be done to...”
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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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  • 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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  • Server Backup Plan: What and How
    “Server backup means to copy data from server to another place. FTP protocol is frequently used for this task. With Handy Backup you can easily...”
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  • CD R Backup
    “CD-R backup is usually a backup having its backup destination set to a CD-R disc. CD-Rs are popular as it inexpensive and can be used to store large...”
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Email Management

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Encryption

  • Symmetric key cryptography
    “   Symmetric-key cryptography is an encryption system in which the sender and receiver of a message share a single, common key that is...”
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Decryption
    “Decryption is a process of decoding encrypted data back to its original form using the same encryption method and most likely the same application...”
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  • 3DES
    “3DES, also referred to as Triple DES, a mode of the DES encryption algorithm that encrypts data three times. Nowadays backup programs, like Handy...”
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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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  • 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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  • File Synchronization
    “File synchronization, in its simplest form, is automatic copying. Handy Backup supports file and folder synchronization. In the file...”
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  • Autosave
    “Saving data to the disk at periodic intervals without user intervention. This function is usefull among automatic backup programs. The advantage of...”
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  • Backup data files
    “ To "backup data files" means to backup all the documents, or any other files containing important information. A backup of data files can be easily...”
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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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General IT

  • Cut Paste
    “Cut and Paste is about computer text editing. For arheological properties of pastes such as toothpaste or putty, see Paste (rheology). In...”
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  • Downtime
    “The time during which a computer is not functioning due to hardware, operating system or application program failure.”
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  • Hard Copy
    “1) In computer graphics and telecommunications, a hard copy is a permanent reproduction, on any media suitable for direct use by a person (in...”
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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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  • Plain Text
    “Plain text refers to textual data in ASCII format. Plain text is the most portable format because it is supported by nearly every application on...”
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  • Computer Backup Copy
    “Do a backup copy of all computer data and settings to be able to recover it after a computer crash, a virus or system re-installation. ”
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IT Companies

  • Maxtor Corporation
    “Maxtor Corporation, was an American manufacturer of computer hard disk drives founded in 1982. In 2000 it Purchased Quantum's hard disk line of...”
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  • Iomega Corporation
    “The Iomega Corporation , is a supplier of portable computer storage devices and media. The corporation, established in 1980, has 208 employees in...”
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  • Hitachi, Ltd.
    “Hitachi, Ltd. is a Japanese global company headquartered in Marunouchi Itchome, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. The company forms Hitachi Group (Hitachi...”
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  • Fujitsu
    “Fujitsu is one of hard drive manufacturers. Fujitsu is a Japanese company specializing in semiconductors, computers (supercomputers, personal...”
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  • Samsung
    “Samsung, hard drives are products of the Samsung Electronics that is a South Korean Multinational Corporation and one of the world's largest...”
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  • Seagate Technology
    “Seagate Technology, is a major American manufacturer of hard drives, founded in 1979 and based in Scotts Valley, California. The company is...”
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Network

  • 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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  • Web Administration
    “The Web equivalent of a system administration. Web administration is a system architecting responsible for the overall design and implementation of...”
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  • WebDAV Protocol
    “WebDAV stands for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning. It is an extension to the HTTP protocol, that allows numerous users to access and...”
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  • SFTP
    “SFTP may mean one of the following: SSH File Transfer Protocol, which a file transfer protocol employing the SSH-2 protocol to secure connection. or...”
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  • Secure FTP connection
    “A secure FTP connection can be achieved by using the Secure FTP protocol, which combines both FTP and SSH (or SSL) or any other encryption. This...”
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  • Network Administration
    “A network administration is a group of network management functions that (a) provide support services, (b) ensure that the network is used...”
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Program Backup

  • Backup Data MSN
    “MSN data backup is an additional copy of MSN data that can be used to restore the original after a computer crash, a virus, or other event of data...”
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Software

  • Update
    “Update is a minor modification to a program which usually includes trivial improvements to the code, interface and it also may include some issue...”
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  • Graphical User Interface
    “A Graphical User Interface, abbreviated GUI (pronounced GOO-ee), is a program interface that takes advantage of the computer's graphics capabilities...”
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  • User interface
    “User interface is the way in which a system presents itself to, and interacts with, a human user. In today’s Graphical Windowing environments...”
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  • Graphical SFTP Client
    “A graphical SFTP client is an application, allowing transferring files to online web servers using SFTP protocol. Usually a graphical SFTP client has...”
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  • Copy Utility
    “Data copying utilities are designed to ease or automate copying of data stored on computer hard drive or memory. They may have a variety of features...”
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  • Windows Operating System
    “A Main Software Arena Windows operating system from Microsoft is a mainstay of modern PC world. Vast majority of PC-type computers uses some...”
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Storage Management

  • CD ROM Replication
    “CD ROM replication is a process of manufacturing a CD ROM from scratch using a single original disc. The result of the CD ROM replication process is...”
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  • Copy DVD
    “DVD copying is the process of data transferring that involves one or several DVD discs. Similar to any other type of copying, it can be performed for...”
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  • DVD replication
    “ The replication of DVD discs is a process that is different of copying DVD discs. DVD replication final product is a clone or...”
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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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  • CD duplication
    “CD duplication is a process of copying the entire contents, be it data files or audio, of one CD to another. Usually special equipment is used...”
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Storage Media

  • Data storage device
    “ a device for storing data. It usually refers to permanent (non-volatile) storage, that is, the data will remain stored when power is removed from...”
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  • Optical Disc
    “An optical disc is a storage medium from which data is read and to which it is written by lasers. Optical discs can store much more data -- up to 6...”
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  • Storage media
    “Storage media is any storage device, external, internal, fixed or removable, used for data storage. It can be literally anything one can copy data to...”
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  • Multimedia Card
    “Supported by the MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA), MultiMediaCards have the same surface but are 0.7mm thinner than SD cards and have two pins less...”
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  • Flash memory
    “A rewritable memory chip that holds its content without power. Flash evolved from the EEPROM chip, and its name was coined by Toshiba to express...”
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  • FTP server
    “The term FTP server can mean one of two things: Computer responsible for serving any kind of files, via the File Transfer Protocol to FTP...”
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Types of Backup

  • Image Backup. Hard Disk Drive Imaging.
    “Image backup, also called disk image, or HDD snapshot, is a backup of a hard drive that is created through “sector-by-sector” copying of...”
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  • Archival Backup
    “An archival backup is a type of backup in which all files are copied to a backup storage device. Archival backups are also called full backup...”
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • Socket Flash
    “Flash memory that is housed in a standard chip package and plugs into a socket on the circuit board. A flash BIOS is an example. Contrast with flash...”
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  • 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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  • Copycat
    “1)One that closely imitates or mimics another. Comp. It means Smb who makes illegal copy of smth. 2)someone who copies the words or behavior of...”
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  • Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
    “Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) , is a computer bus technology primarily designed for transfer of data to and from devices like hard drives, CD-ROM drives...”
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  • PATA
    “PATA, is short for Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment, this abbreviation was introduced for the original ATA interface when SATA had appeared...”
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