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

  • Backup Computer Strategy
    “Backup computer strategy is a strategy, applied to the backup computer process, regulating various parameters, like how much data is backed up at a...”
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  • Easy Backup
    “Easy backup what is it? Similarly to any other process, the measure of easiness or simplicity is defined by the amount of resources that you need to...”
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  • Backup Strategy
    “Backup strategy is a strategy, applied to the backup process, regulating various parameters, like how much data is backed up at a time, how often...”
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  • Synchronize files on schedule
    “To synchronize files on a schedule is a process of file synchronization between computers using a scheduler. It is a very convenient way of...”
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  • HDD crush
    “HDD crush is a situation when your hard disk is broken and all inforamation that was on your hdd is lost. Now such problems are solved by backup...”
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  • Server backup strategy
    “Server backup strategy is a strategy, applied to the process of server backup, regulating various parameters, like how much data is backed up at a...”
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Backup Software Features

  • 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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  • Zip Backup
    “Most backup utilities provide an option of automatic backup compression, and ZIP compression is one of the most popular algorithms. Archiving backups...”
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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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 Storage

  • 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
    “Remote backup is one of the most actively developing areas of backup, gaining popularity day by day. Backups stored on remote servers are very...”
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  • Backup to DVD
    “Backup to DVD is a backup operation or a result of an operation during which the backup files were written to a single or multiple DVDs. This backup...”
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  • 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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  • Amazon Glacier Storage for Backup
    “ In addition to the extra-popular cloud service, Amazon S3 cloud, Amazon launched a much cheaper and slower, but as reliable as its faster...”
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  • Backup to CD Software
    “CD discs are among the easiest and most convenient media for backups. Let's see the advantages of backing up to CD: CD discs are capacious...”
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Data for Backup

  • Save Site Password
    “It means to save your site password to your computer in special file. In future, you do not have to type your username and password every time you...”
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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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  • Backup Document
    “It means to do a backup copy of document to a writable CD/DVD-ROM drive, floppies, USB drives or other media storage. See also Backup Documents ...”
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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Backup Folders | Folder backup programs
    “Folder backup is a flexible approach to data backup, where the amount of files being backed up is not constant and can change from time to time...”
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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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  • Data Backup
    “The "Data backup" term usually refers to a backup containing data files such as documents and emails. A system backup or disk image, on the other...”
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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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  • Game Copying
    “is a process which produce game so that it is the same as an original one. The concept of game copying has a particular significance in certain areas...”
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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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  • 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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Databases

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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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  • DVD Backup
    “A DVD backup is a backup operation, or a result of an operation, which writes data to a DVD. This medium is quite popular, as it is quite cheap and...”
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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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  • 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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  • Hard Drive Backup
    “A hard drive backup is a backup of entire contents of a hard disk, same as hard drive backup. It also may mean a backup of all data files or just all...”
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  • DVD RW Backup
    “A DVD RW backup is a backup saved to a DVD-RW, DVD+RW or DVD-RAM disc. DVD RW discs are ideal for storing backups because they can be updated any...”
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Email Management

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Encryption

  • RC6
    “RC6 is a block cipher based on RC5. RC6 is a parameterized algorithm where the block size, the key size, and the number of rounds are variable. The...”
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  • 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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  • RC4
    “RC4 is a variable key-size stream cipher with byte-oriented operations. The algorithm is based on the use of a random permutation. ”
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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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  • 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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File Management

  • Autosave
    “Saving data to the disk at periodic intervals without user intervention. This function is usefull among automatic backup programs. The advantage of...”
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  • 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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  • Tower of Hanoi backup
    “The Tower of Hanoi backup is a backup, performed according to the Tower of Hanoi rotation schedule. Currently, Handy Backup does not support the...”
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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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  • 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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  • 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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General IT

  • Copy Paste
    “Text and pictures can easily be moved or copied from one application to another for versions of Windows 95 and greater. When you copy or cut text or...”
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  • copy
    “ noun (pl. copies) 1 a thing made to be similar or identical to another. 2 a single specimen of a particular book, record, etc. 3 matter...”
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  • 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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  • Archive
    “An archive is a long-term data storage (greater than or equal to 1 year). It may also mean the location where long-term data is stored (generally...”
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  • Hardware key
    “Also called a "dongle". It is a very effective software copy protection device that plugs into a serial, parallel or USB port on the PC. The...”
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  • Copyright
    “The legal ownership of a “work”, which can take any of the following forms: written text, program source code, graphics images, sculpture...”
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IT Companies

  • Quantum Corporation
    “Quantum Corporation, was a manufacturer of tape drive products, based in San Jose, California. From its founding in 1980 until 2000, it was also a...”
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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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  • 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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  • Samsung
    “Samsung, hard drives are products of the Samsung Electronics that is a South Korean Multinational Corporation and one of the world's largest...”
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Network

  • 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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  • SFTP
    “SFTP may mean one of the following: SSH File Transfer Protocol, which a file transfer protocol employing the SSH-2 protocol to secure connection. or...”
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  • Remote Administration
    “The term "Remote Administration" generally refers to any method of remotely controling a computer. Typically a server, or network workstation...”
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  • 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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  • SSL
    “SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, is a protocol that provides a secured communication on the Internet by encrypting the information. It is layered...”
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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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Program Backup

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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, backups...”
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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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Software

  • Synchronization manager
    “Synchronization manager is manager software, which manages the synchronization process between two instances. Handy Backup is a backup program and...”
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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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  • 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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  • MS Access
    “Microsoft Office Access or MS Access is a database developed by Microsoft. MS Access is the so-called relational database (data is organized in a...”
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  • Backup Software
    “Backup software is a program or an utility that can perform a backup, Handy Backup, for intsance. Includes a wide range of backup programs...”
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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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Storage Management

  • CD rip
    “CD rip is a process of copying the entire contents, be it data files or audio, of one CD to another. Usually special equipment is used, allowing...”
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  • CD duplication
    “CD duplication is a process of copying the entire contents, be it data files or audio, of one CD to another. Usually special equipment is used...”
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  • 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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  • 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 replication
    “DVD replication is a process of manufacturing a DVD from scratch using a single original disc. The result of the DVD replication process is a DVD...”
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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • External Storage: Keeping Backup Data outside the Computer
    “ External storage is a term for describing any data-keeping device, such as a disk or a stream tape, which is located outside the computer...”
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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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  • Multimediacard
    “A MultiMediaCard (MMC) is a tiny memory card that uses flash memory to make storage portable among various devices, such as car navigation systems...”
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  • Media
    “Media is a plural form of medium. (1) Media can be objects on which data can be stored. These include hard disks, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, and...”
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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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  • 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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  • Cumulative Incremental Backup
    “A cumulative incremental backup is a backup of all data files that have been modified since the last archival backup. Some backup programs employ...”
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  • Tar Backup
    “"Tar backup" means to backup your data using tar compression. It is very useful, for example: "by using compression, you can usually store more than...”
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  • 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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  • Backup rotation scheme
    “A backup rotation scheme is a scheme, involving backup media rotation determining various parameters of the backup process. Now nearly every backup...”
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Uncategorized

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Restore Yahoo Messenger
    “It means to restore a backup copy of your yahoo messenger's data and settings. ”
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  • Game Copying
    “is a process which produce game so that it is the same as an original one. The concept of game copying has a particular significance in certain areas...”
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