Backup
11 definitions

Backup

A copy of electronic records and data that are retained to protect an organization against loss of the information. Backups can be stored on disks, tapes or other machine-readable media. There are essentially two types of backups - security and retention.

Backup

When used by records management, the term “backup” refers to duplicate records stored off site under environmentally controlled conditions for protection of the information in case the original records are lost or damaged. They usually satisfy the limited-term business retention requirements of the information contained in the backup. Backups are not substitutes for permanent retention of electronic records, which are stored in archives.

Backup

Additional copies of a digital asset made to protect against loss due to unintended destruction or corruption of the primary set of digital assets.The essential attribute of a back-up copy is that the information it contains can be restored in the event that access to the master copy is lost.

Backup

Copies of files, programs, data, etc. that facilitate recovery should the originals become corrupt or destroyed.

Backup

A copy of files and programs made to facilitate recovery, if necessary.

Backup

Duplicate copy of data made for archiving purposes or for protecting against damage or loss.

Backup

A backup is a copy of files and applications made to avoid loss of data and facilitate recovery in the event of a system crash.

Backup
as defined in Glossary

A backup is a duplicate copy of data made for archiving purposes or for protection against damage and loss. A backup is usually kept physically separate from the originals for recovery when originals are damaged or lost.

Backup

1. A copy of all or portions of software or data files on a system kept on storage media, such as tape or disk, or on a separate system so that the files can be restored if the original data is deleted or damaged. – 2. Equipment held in reserve that can be substituted in case equipment in regular use fails. – back up, v. ~ 3. To create such copies of data.

Backup

Duplicate copy of data placed in a separate, safe place - electronic storage, on a tape, on a disk, in a vault - to guard against total loss in the event the original data somehow become inaccessible. Generally for short-term safety. Contrast with archive, which is a filed-away record of data meant to be maintained a long time, in the event of future reference. (Imaging)

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About this term

Backup has been defined 11 different ways in documents like Oregon Archives Glossary, Key Terms and Acronyms for the IPER Courses, The National Digital Stewardship Alliance Glossary, and 7 more.

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