Backup terms explained

Backup: explanations of general notions and terms with regard to backing up.

Data system: files i.e. Microsoft Office documents, databases like SAGE or QuickBooks

Online backup: A backup during a normal update data system session.

Offline backup: A backup when data system updates are disabled (the sharing server is off, or in stand-by mode, or in read-only mode).

Complete backup: All data of the whole file system or the logical or physical subset of the data system is saved.

Incremental backup: Only the data which has been changed since the previous backup is saved. A recovery is only possible if a previous full backup is available, as well as all following incremental backups.

Full backup: The complete data system set is saved.

Partial backup: Only a logical or physical subset of the data system is saved.

Internal backup: The data system  back up your files to your hard drive not an other device.

External backup: Another system outside of the data store saves the content of the database.

Restore: recreates the content of the data system at backup time from the backup devices or locations.

Full restore: The complete data system is restored. A full restore is only possible after a full backup.

Partial restore: Only a logical or physical subset of a data system is restored. A partial restore is possible after a full or partial backup.

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