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

  • Lost USB Flash
    “The market for USB flash drives has grown very popular over the past several years. Any computer user can transport files from one computer to...”
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  • Migrate Data
    “It means to copy files, settings, e-mails, shortcuts, bookmarks, games from existing to new storage devices. ”
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  • XP Backup
    “XP backup may mean one of the following: 1. Any backup operation (or stored data), performed under Windows XP environment. 2. A complete backup of...”
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  • Backup Operator
    “A type of local or global group that contains the user rights you need to back up and restore files and folders. Members of the Backup Operators...”
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  • 3-2-1 Backup Strategy | The Three Steps of Planning Data Keeping
    “3-2-1 backup strategy is one of the best-known methods to copy data backups. The principles of this strategy are quite simple and perfectly useful in...”
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  • Backup rotation schedules
    “Backup rotation schedules are schedules, which define how often a backup is performed, how the data is backed up, which media is used and the amount...”
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Backup Software Features

  • 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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  • Scheduled Backup
    “A scheduled backup is a backup, performed on schedule, which has been set beforehand. Usually is useful to set a backup on schedule and no longer...”
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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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  • Scheduling
    “Scheduling is a process of or a notion meaning assigning special time when an operation needs to be launched. In this case a scheduler is used, which...”
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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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  • Automatic Backup
    “An automatic backup is possible when a backup software supports scheduling, like Handy Backup for instance. Then a backup runs automatically on a set...”
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Backup Storage

  • 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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  • Backup Files to DVD
    “DVD discs are cheap, transportable, capacious, and generally very convenient for backup purposes. By recording backups to DVD, you protect data from...”
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  • Backup to CD
    “To "Backup to CD" means to perform a backup operation, according to which, the files are written to CD. Backup CD is very popular as it is an...”
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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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  • Online Backup
    “Online backup is a backup stored at an online location such as an FTP server or a cloud storage. Online backups provide the highest level of...”
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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 for Backup

  • Online Image Backup: a Fine Approach for Disk Imaging
    “Online Image Backup is a complete copy of all hard drive data, which is made on a physical level, with no service interruption. Disk images are...”
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  • Backup from FTP
    “Backup from FTP is a process of copying data for storage from an FTP server to a hard disk on a local computer. This can be done to create a backup...”
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  • Oracle 10g
    “The Oracle 10g is a world’s first database engine specifically designed for grid computing, the well-established and most effective way to...”
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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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  • System backup
    “Most people deal with data backups simply by copying valuable files to a separate folder on a different HDD, or by burning them to DVD discs. The...”
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  • Backup Favorite
    “It means to backup the Favorites folder to a 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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  • Spanning
    “Spanning is a process of dividing a large volume of data over several media. A span is a supported function in a program, which can divide large...”
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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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  • Folder
    “A folder, in graphical user interfaces, such as Windows and the Macintosh environment, is a folder is an object that can contain multiple documents...”
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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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  • Shallow copy
    “A shallow copy is a duplicate reference to some structure, e.g. to a variable, file, folder, or other object. In contrast to a "deep copy" which is...”
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Databases

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Devices to Back Up From

  • Compact Flash backup
    “Compact Flash backup is a backup of data, stored using the Compact Flash interface. Normally, it means a Compact Flash 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Save Files
    “To copy the document, record or image being worked on onto a storage medium. Saving updates the file by writing the data that currently resides in...”
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  • Net Backup
    “Net backup is backup your important data to another computer of your network. The easiest way to perform network backups is probably to backup you...”
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Email Management

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Encryption

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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File Management

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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General IT

  • Packed file
    “A packed file is file in a compressed format. Many operating systems and applications contain commands that enable you to pack a file so that it...”
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Root
    “Root is the starting directory on any system. Of course, it is sometimes called "root directory". ”
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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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  • Copy Protection
    “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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IT Companies

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Network

  • 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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  • 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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  • LAN
    “LAN, or a Local Area Network, is a network that connects multiple computers in a relatively small area. Networked computers can easily transfer files...”
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  • WebDAV Backup
    “WebDAV backup is a process or a result of copying conducted using the WebDAV protocol. Since WebDAV provides an easy way to create, modify and...”
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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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  • 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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Program Backup

  • 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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  • 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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  • Oracle RMAN Backup
    “ The RMAN (Recovery Manager) backup program appeared first in Oracle 8 and changed by some minor revisions in version 9 and later. RMAN backup...”
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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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  • 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

  • File synchronization utiltiy
    “File synchronization utility is a utility, which performs file synchronization. Handy Backup can do file synchronization. File synchronization...”
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  • Copy Software
    “Copy Software are computer programs which create copies of data from a computer system so that it can be stored separately and used to replace the...”
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  • Scheduler
    “A scheduler is usually a scheme of setting time for an operation. Scheduler allows performing an operation when the user is away from the computer...”
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  • File synchronization tool
    “File synchronization tool is a tool, which performs file synchronization. Handy Backup can do file synchronization. File synchronization tool usually...”
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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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  • Application Configuration
    “Configuration settings that applications generally store on your computer (in text or binary format). Its can be the name of a mail server or the...”
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Storage Management

  • Grandfather-father-son rotation
    “Grandfather-father-son rotation is the Grandfather-father-son rotation schedule. Currently, Handy Backup does not support the...”
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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Backup rotation
    “Backup rotation is a process of rotating the backup media during the backup process. This is done to allow saving recent backup versions on media...”
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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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  • 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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  • Zip drive
    “A zip drive is a high-capacity floppy disk drive originally developed by Iomega Corporation. Zip disks can hold 100 or 250 MB of data, and they are...”
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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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  • Removable Storage
    “Removable storage is computer storage media, such as disks, tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc. that can easily be removed from a computer and moved to another...”
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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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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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  • 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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  • Round robin schedule
    “A round robin schedule is a schedule, including a rotation of all the objects in the schedule, making sure that every object is engaged in the...”
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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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  • Total Backup
    “Total backup is a method of computer backup that expects that you don’t perform explicit selection of data, but back up everything without any...”
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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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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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  • 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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  • Open Mobile Alliance Data Synchronization
    “A standard protocol developed by OMA (Open Mobile Alliance) for synchronization of data stored on small mobile devices. ”
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  • IDE
    “IDE, is short for Integrated Drive Electronics (more commonly known as ATA) and is a standard interface for IBM compatible hard drives. IDE 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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  • 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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    “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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