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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  • 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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  • Missing Files Backup
    “One of the serious problems that every computer user encounters is the problem of missing files. It is well known that computers and computer...”
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  • Backup Compression
    “ Backup compression used during the backup process can often reduce the mount of space required by 50% or more. With Handy Backup you can easily...”
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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 Log
    “A backup log is a log where all the information about the backup process is written. It usually shows whether the files were written or not to the...”
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Backup Storage

  • Offsite backup
    “An offsite backup is a copy of a file or document that is located in a location other than physical building that your PC is. It is typically a copy...”
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  • 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 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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  • Remote Backup | Back up to remote servers
    “Remote backup is a copy of a set of data (important documents, folders, database dumps, etc.) that is not located on the local computer's hard disk...”
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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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  • 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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Data for Backup

  • Types of Backup in Windows Server 2008
    “ Types of backup in Windows Server 2008 includes the VSS service making shadow copies of shared folders and the special Windows 2008 Backup and...”
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  • 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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  • Backup Windows Server 2003
    “If we say that Windows Server 2003 is the most popular server platform used in today’s businesses, that will be not far from the truth. Today...”
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  • Digital Pictures
    “Recently digital pictures have begun to obtain a great deal of popularity. Digital cameras are no longer only the means of the wealthy and now...”
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  • Disk Image
    “Disk image, also called a disk clone, is an exact copy of a computer's hard drive. The image-based copy includes all the partition information, boot...”
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  • Save Favorite
    “It means to save the Favorites folder or item of the Favorite folder to your personal computer, writable CD/DVD-ROM drive, floppies, USB drives or...”
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Data Management

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Databases

  • 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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  • MyISAM: Definition of MyISAM, Target Uses of the MyISAM Storage Engine
    “MyISAM is a storage engine employed by MySQL database that was used by default prior to MySQL version 5.5 (released in December, 2009). It is based...”
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  • phpMyAdmin
    “phpMyAdmin is a free web application that provides a convenient GUI for working with the MySQL database management system. It is the most popular...”
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  • Foreign Key
    “Foreign key is a field in a “child” table of a database that is used to refer to a record in a “parent” table of the same...”
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  • MySQL Login Scripts
    “ MySQL login scripts are vital part of software using MySQL such as websites and forums with dynamic content, business apps based on MySQL...”
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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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Devices to Back Up From

  • 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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  • USB backup
    “A USB backup is a backup to any USB device, attached to a local computer. USB backup to an external hard disk or a flash USB drive provides both...”
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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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  • 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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  • LAN Backup
    “ The LAN backup is a backup performed on one computer and is stored on another remote computer or network-attached device connected to the same...”
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  • Workstation Backup Software
    “Network Workstation Backup Software is a type data protection utility intended to manage a process of backing up a computer hooked to a local...”
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Email Management

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Encryption

  • Cipher
    “Cipher is the generic term used to describe a means of encrypting data. In addition, the term cipher can refer to the encrypted text itself...”
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  • Blowfish Encryption Algorithm
    “The blowfish encryption algorithm is a symmetric encryption algorithm designed by Bruce Schneier in 1993 as an alternative to existing encryption...”
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  • Encryption
    “Encryption is translation of data, or plain text, into a secret code, or cipher text. Now every backup program supports encryption, Handy Backup...”
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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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  • 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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File Management

  • Backup history
    “Backup history is a composition of backups, performed during the recent period. It is a good idea to keep the backup history if it turns out that...”
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  • File System
    “ The method for storing and retrieving files on a disk. A file system defines the directory structure for keeping track of the files and the path...”
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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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  • Duplication
    “Duplication is a process of copying the entire contents of a single medium to one or more media of the same time. Nowadays, special equipment can be...”
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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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  • Update files online
    “To update files online means to download the latest version of files from any server on the Internet to a hard disk on a local computer. There are...”
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General IT

  • Copying Service
    “Copying service noun [U] Computer programs which create copies of the information on a computer system so that it can be stored separately and...”
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  • Backup
    “Backup is the activity of copying files or databases so that they will be preserved in case of equipment failure or other catastrophe. Backup is...”
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  • Amazon S3 - Simple Storage Service
    “ The Amazon S3 ("S3" is an acronym for “Simple Storage Service”) is the one of most advanced file-keeping storage services of modern...”
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  • Registry
    “Registry, first initiated in Windows 95, is the central location for program information in subsequent Windows operating systems and applications...”
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  • Webmaster
    “Webmaster or Webmistress is a commonly used term that refers to the person or persons responsible for a specific website. On a smaller site, the...”
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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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IT Companies

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Network

  • Domain Name
    “A domain name identifies the location of an organization or entity on the Internet and, through Domain Name Service translates this to an IP Address...”
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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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  • 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 File Versioning
    “The WebDAV protocol is an extension to the HTTP protocol, allowing numerous authors edit a single document at a time without altering each others...”
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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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  • SSH file transfer protocol
    “SSH File Transfer Protocol, or SFTP, a protocol, allowing to transfer files over the Internet employing SSH-2 protocol. It is based on the RCP...”
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Program Backup

  • 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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  • Outlook Express Message Backup
    “Do a backup copy of Outlook Express message to a writable CD/DVD-ROM drive, floppies, USB drives and other media storage. You can perform outlook...”
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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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  • Outlook Backup
    “An Outlook backup is a copy of data of Microsoft Outlook which is the world’s most popular messaging and collaboration software. Basically...”
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  • What is Microsoft Outlook Backup
    “Microsoft Outlook backup is a copy of Microsoft Outlook data that can be used to restore your e-mail messages, contacts and other data in case of...”
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Software

  • Backup program
    “A backup program means an utility, designed especially for backup purposes, like Handy Backup. It can have various features in order to make the...”
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  • Software
    “Instructions for the computer. A series of instructions that performs a particular task is called a "program." The two major categories of software...”
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  • Free Alternatives of Windows Backup
    “ For users not satisfied by Windows internal backup capabilities, these are many third-party solutions for data safekeeping, both free (requiring no...”
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  • Microsoft Backup
    “A Microsoft backup is an integrated software, available in Windows, that can backup files. The process of creating reserve copies of data files...”
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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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  • Upgrade
    “Upgrade is a process of replacing a version of software or hardware with a newer product release designed to meet new requirements, or generally...”
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Storage Management

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 rip
    “DVD ripping is a process of copying the entire contents, be it data files or audio, of one DVD to another. Usually special equipment is used...”
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  • copy disk
    “1)to produce disk so that it is the same as an original one. 2)Hard disk copy mean a copy of all data files to another place. This process also is...”
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Storage Media

  • RS MMC
    “The RS-MMC card is approximately half the size of the full MultiMediaCard. Having the same width and thickness, RS-MMC measures 18mm from top to...”
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  • Disk Drive
    “(Or "hard disk drive", "hard drive", "floppy disk drive", "floppy drive") A disk drive is a peripheral device that reads and writes hard disks or...”
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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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  • MMC
    “Like any flash memory card, it can be used to store various types of files, including photos, videos, music, or software. There are two different...”
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  • Fixed Storage
    “ Fixed storage is an internal media used by a computer to store files, data, programs etc, and usually referred to as the Fixed Disks or Hard...”
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  • Smart Media
    “Designed for use with digital still cameras, PDA's, MP3 players and other electronic products that use SmartMediaT cards as standard or extended data...”
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Types of Backup

  • 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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  • Differential Backup
    “Differential backup is a process of backing up only the files that have changed since the last FULL backup. This backup requires only the most recent...”
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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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  • 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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  • Serverless Backup Defenition and Benefits
    “Serverless backup is a type of network-based backup which does not call for any resources of main server for performing backup tasks. These are two...”
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  • Backup rotation schedule
    “Backup rotation schedule is a schedule, which defines how often a backup is performed, how the data is backed up, which media is used and the amount...”
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Uncategorized

  • SCSI (Small Computer System Interface)
    “ SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) , is a set of standards for physically connecting and transferring data between computers and peripheral...”
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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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  • Secure Sockets Layer
    “Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol that provides a secured communication on the Internet by encrypting the information. It is layered...”
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  • Copy right
    “computer programs which create copies of the information on a computer system so that it can be stored separately and used to replace the original...”
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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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  • 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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    “CD copy is a duplicate of data of a CD discs that is stored in a different place. If CD copies are made for the purpose of saving data from loss or...”
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Backup Software Glossary

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Most Viewed Terms

  • Domain Name
    “A domain name identifies the location of an organization or entity on the Internet and, through Domain Name Service translates this to an IP Address...”
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  • Backup schemes
    “Backup schemes are schemes, defining various parameters of the backup process. Now nearly every backup program can perform to satisfy any backup...”
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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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