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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Backup on logoff
    “Backup on logoff is a backup operation, performed before user log offs from the system after the user has pressed the "Log off" button. ”
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  • Encrypted Backup
    “An encrypted backup is a backup, which was encrypted using one of the encryption algorithms. Handy Backup supports encrypted backup. Encrypted...”
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Backup Storage

  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Destination
    “Destination, while in a file context, denotes a place where the data goes when it is moved from one file or storage device to another. Not only it...”
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  • 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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  • 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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Data for Backup

  • 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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  • 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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  • Web site backup
    “Web site backup is a backup of web site contents from an FTP server. This is mostly done to have a copy of files on a local hard disk to be able to...”
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  • Save Desktop Icon(s)
    “It means to save desktop icon(s), that show cabinets, files, folders, and various types of documents (that is, letters, reports, pictures) and icons...”
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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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  • Backup website
    “To backup website means to copy the files from the FTP server, where the website is hosted, to a local hard disk or any other medium. Usually this is...”
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Data Management

  • DataBase Administration
    “Database administration is the process of establishing computerised databases, and insuring their recoverability, integrity, security, availability...”
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  • Folder Synchronization
    “Folder synchronization is procedure of bringing contents of two (or more) folders to similar states. The basic goal of synchronization is to make two...”
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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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  • Subdirectory
    “Subdirectory is a directory below another directory. Every directory except the root directory is a subdirectory. In Windows 95 and Windows/NT...”
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  • Back Up
    “The verb to back up is generally used to describe an process of copying data from one place to another, for safety reasons. In case of data loss or...”
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  • CD copying
    “CD copying (or CD duplication) means to make compact disks that is equal to an existing one. Usually special equipment is used, allowing duplicating...”
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Databases

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Devices to Back Up From

  • 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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  • 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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  • Cut Copy
    “Site copy is any technical measure designed to create copy of a website somewhere. It is used to prevent site crush. For automatically copying...”
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  • 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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  • 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 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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Email Management

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Encryption

  • Encryption Algorithm
    “An encryption algorithm is a mathematical procedure for performing encryption on data. Through the use of an algorithm, information is made into...”
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  • 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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  • Public-key encryption
    “Public-key encryption is a special encryption method, employing two passwords instead of one. One is password is given out to public - it is used to...”
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  • DES
    “DES, Short for Data Encryption Standard, a popular symmetric-key encryption method developed in 1975 and standardized by ANSI in 1981 as ANSI X.3.92...”
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  • 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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  • 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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File Management

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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General IT

  • Copy Cat
    “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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  • Logoff
    “Logoff is a process or a result of the process of ending a session under an operating system, with a certain computer, an FTP server, network, or...”
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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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  • 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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  • Compression
    “Compression is a technique, when using special software, to increase the storage capacity of computer media, either by artificially increasing the...”
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  • Device Manager
    “Device manager is a computer interface for managing devices, such as printers, monitors, mouse devices and other hardware. ”
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IT Companies

  • International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
    “International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is a multinational computer technology and consulting corporation headquartered in Armonk, New...”
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Fujitsu
    “Fujitsu is one of hard drive manufacturers. Fujitsu is a Japanese company specializing in semiconductors, computers (supercomputers, personal...”
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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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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 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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  • 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 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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  • SSH
    “SSH is both a computer program and an associated network protocol, developed for logging into and executing commands on a network computer and moving...”
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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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Program Backup

  • Backup SQL Server
    “SQL server backup is used to describe a procedure of backing up SQL servers to a safe location, or the very copy of SQL servers that can be used in...”
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Computer Database Backup
    “In our times the work of a specialist, directing personnel, is meaningless without effective use of a computer database of workers' files. A...”
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Software

  • FTP client
    “An FTP client uses the FTP protocol to connect to an FTP server, to send files in and back up from FTP servers. Basic FTP clients come with many...”
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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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  • Directory Synchronization Software
    “Directory synchronization software is an application or applications designed for the purpose of keeping several folders in sync. Since effective...”
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  • Dos Backup
    “Backup and Restore are external commands that let you back up your hard disk onto as many floppies as required. Backup and Restore are not widely...”
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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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Storage Management

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • CD Copy
    “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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  • 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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Storage Media

  • xd picture drive
    “Another format aimed at very small digital cameras, developed by Olympus, Fujifilm, and Toshiba.xD-Picture Card provides the highest capacity in one...”
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  • Reduced Size Multimediacard
    “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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  • 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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  • RS-MMC
    “MMC cards also come in a smaller form factor, of about half the size: 24mm x 16mm x 1.5mm. This alternate form factor is known as Reduced-Size...”
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  • Compact Flash
    “Compact Flash (CF), same as CompactFlash, is a data storage interface, based on flash memory. It is mostly used in portable electronic devices (camera...”
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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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Types of Backup

  • 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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  • 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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  • What is an Incremental Backup
    “An incremental backup is a backup in which only the files that have been modified since the last backup are copied. Cumulative backups and...”
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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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  • Simple backup
    “A simple backup is the elementary type of files backup. Each time a compressed archive file is created, the new version of backup file replaces the...”
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  • 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

  • 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
    “OMA is an open forum devoted to mobile applications, specifications and suchlike. OMA was founded in 2002 as an attempt to consolidate numerous...”
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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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  • Grandfather-Father-Son Backup
    “ Grandfather-father-son is one of the most widely used backup rotation schedules. According to this backup rotation schedule the backup media...”
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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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  • 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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  • CD RW Backup
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Backup Software Glossary

Current glossary explains various terms that you may come across while working with Handy Backup or other backup software.

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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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  • SATA
    “SATA, is short for Serial ATA. SATA 1.0 was first released in August 2001 and is a replacement for the Parallel ATA interface used in IBM compatible...”
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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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