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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Backup scheduler
    “A backup scheduler is a mechanism, allowing a user to schedule his backup operations to previously specified date and time. This enables one to have...”
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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

  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Storage
    “A storage device used to store copies of data for backup and recovery. Tape drives and tape libraries have been the traditional backup storage...”
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Data for Backup

  • Backup Database
    “ is copying database to the disk to prevent it's injuries. This is useful for big and important databases. You can backuping your database to a...”
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  • Blackberry
    “Blackberry is a wireless handheld mail device which uses the push email function to deliver emails to the end user. Developed by Research In Motion (R...”
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  • File Backup
    “A file backup is a backup operation in which any files, mostly data files, are backed up. ”
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Backup Exchange 2007
    “Today, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is the heart of any Windows Server-based business, it's the latest word in the area of messaging, work...”
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Data Management

  • 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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  • Directory
    “A directory is an organizational unit, or container, used to organize folders and files into a hierarchical structure. Directories contain...”
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  • Data Compression
    “Data compression means storing data in a format that requires less space than usual. Allowing a device to store the same amount of data in less...”
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  • Path
    “In IT systems, path refers to the location of a file or directory on that system. On PCs using MS DOS or Windows, the path is as follows :- driv...”
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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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  • 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 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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  • Database Dump
    “Database dump is a text file containing a set of SQL statements that need to be run on an SQL server to create a database with the entire internal...”
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  • Physical Backup
    “Physical backup is a copy of an application’s binary files that is performed on hard drive level using common file system queries, rather than...”
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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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  • 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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  • 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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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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  • 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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  • Disk Backup
    “A disk backup is a backup of entire contents of a hard or a floppy disk (the latter is now rarely used). It also may mean creating an image of the...”
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  • Compact Flash card backup
    “Compact Flash card backup can mean one of two terms: Backup of entire contents of a card, based on the Compact Flash interface. Compact Flash...”
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  • Network Drive Backup
    “A network drive backup is a backup to a computer, connected via network. It is often an inexpensive and quick solution in small networks. Make sure...”
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  • 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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Email Management

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Encryption

  • Cipher Text
    “Cipher text is data that has been encrypted. Cipher text is unreadable until it has been converted into plain text (decrypted) with a key. ”
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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File Management

  • File Save
    “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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  • 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
    “A file is a collection of data or information that has a name, called the filename. Almost all information stored in a computer must be in a file...”
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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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  • copying files
    “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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General IT

  • Logon
    “Logon is a process or a result of the process of starting a session under an operating system, with a certain computer, an FTP server, network, or...”
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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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  • Error Log
    “An error log records any abnormal activity on application software, usually in simple / plain text (ASCII). Each (main) application generates its own...”
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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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  • 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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  • 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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IT Companies

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Network

  • 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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  • Network Computer
    “A network computer is a computer with minimal memory, disk storage and processor power designed to connect to a network, especially the Internet. The...”
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  • WebDAV
    “WebDAV stands for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning. Based on the HTTP protocol, the purpose of the WebDAV protocol is to allow...”
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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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  • Web Folder
    “A Web Folder, visible as a disk from the Windows Explorer, is a folder which is connected to a website, allowing one to access the online files...”
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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

  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Software

  • Dos copy
    “An internal command for making duplicate disk files. The DOS Copy command is widely used in Windows by programmers and power users. COPY TO/FROM...”
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  • GUI
    “GUI, an abbreviation of Graphical User Interface - pronounced GOO-ee - is a program interface that takes advantage of the computer’s graphics...”
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  • File synchronization software
    “File synchronization software is software, which performs file synchronization, like Handy Backup. File synchronization software usually compares...”
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  • 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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  • Command Line
    “Command line refers to the blinking cursor which, prior to the use of Microsoft WindowsR, is at the heart of all operating systems. In the world of...”
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  • File synchronization program
    “File synchronization program is a program, which performs file synchronization. You can synchronize files with Handy Backup. File synchronization...”
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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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  • CD ROM duplication
    “CDROM duplication is a duplication of contents from a single original CDROM to one or more CDROMs. Today's equipment can boost the CDROM...”
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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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  • 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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  • CD replication
    “CD replication is a process of manufacturing a CD from scratch using a single original disc. The result of the CD replication process is a CD...”
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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

  • DVD
    “DVD, short for Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc, is a type of optical disk technology similar to the CD-ROM. Now most backup programs...”
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  • Memory Stick
    “Yet another standard, set by Sony but now also manufactured by others such as Lexar Media. The main drawback is that there are fewer cameras using...”
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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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  • Compactflash
    “The Memory Stick Duo, which is slightly smaller than the competing Secure Digital format, was developed in response to Sony's need for a smaller...”
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  • Secure MMC
    “Two secure versions of the MultiMediaCard are offered. SecureMMC for Content Protection is used for copyrighted material. It contains encrypted...”
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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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    “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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