On this page you can find definitions of basic terms related to backup: different types of backup, how backup can be completed, and information about data protection.
backup software is a set of programs which are used to create a copy of a file, directory or volume as a precaution against loss or damage of the original data.
Backup storage device is any type of a storage device (HDD, CD, DVD, tape) that is used to store backup sets. It is recommended that a backup storage device is different from the main storage with all the original files and folders.
Backup is a copy of a file, directory or volume on a storage device created for the purpose of recovery in case the original data are accidentally erased, damaged, or destroyed.
Bare-metal restore is a form of data recovery which allows users to restore a system from "bare metal", i.e. without any requirements as to previously installed software or operating system.
Cloning is a type of backup which allows users to copy the whole partition or disc to another partition or disc with all files and folders. If the partition is bootable, the cloned partition will become bootable too.
Data protection is a complex of measures which are used to protect data from being erased, damaged or destroyed.
Differential backup allows users to copy files created or changed since the last full or incremental backup. It does not mark files as having been backed up. If you are performing a combination of full and differential backups...
Disaster recovery is a process of restoring files, directories or volumes from a backup set.
Drive image is a full copy of a partition or disc stored in a single file. It can be used to restore this partition or disc later. If the partition is bootable, the restored partition will be bootable too...
Full backup allows users to copy all selected files, directories or volumes. With full backups you need only the most recent copy of the backup file or tape to restore all of the files.
Incremental backup allows users to copy only those files created or changed since the last full or incremental backup. It marks files as having been backed up. If you use a combination of full and incremental backups...
Network backup is a type of backup which allows using a backup storage device on another computer on the same network.
Real-time backup is a type of backup which allows users to copy files, directories or volumes without having to interrupt work and reboot a system.