Disk compression

The notion of disk compression dates from the mid-1980's, when hard drives were very much smaller and, relatively, much more expensive than today. A typical 1990 hard drive would store 80 Megabytes of programs and data, compared to the year 2000 'basic' home user specification of 4.3 Gigabytes (4,300 Megabytes) - an impressive growth of 5,275%. As a result of vastly increased disk storage capacities, users' enthusiasm for such techniques has, not surprisingly, waned somewhat. Overall, it is generally regarded as being cheaper and easier to install another hard drive than deal with the drive/file structures and performance degradation often associated with disk compression. Companies with computer archives dating back to 1995, and earlier, should review these archives to ensure that the files thereon can still be accessed by the systems and software now being used and, if necessary, give consideration to decompressing such disks and storing the information on new, larger capacity, disks.

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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.

Handy Backup is a backup utility for Windows Servers and PCs that is famous for its flexibility and ease of use.

The glossary contains 220 terms. The current section Data Management contains 13 terms.

Other “Data Management” Terms

  • Directory
    “A directory is an organizational unit, or container, used to organize folders and files into a hierarchical structure. Directories contain...”
  • Disk Duplication
    “Disk duplication is a process of copying the entire contents, be it data files or audio, of one disk to another. Usually special equipment is used...”
  • Data Encryption and Methods
    “ Data encryption is an operation with some data structures (e.g. files, folders or databases) turning it into an unreadable...”

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