Backup Software / Backup Terms Glossary / Storage Media / External storage
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. Typically, the term “external storage” means only types of devices connecting to the computer directly via some interfaces; for network-linked data storages another appropriate terms are used, such as “network storage”, “cloud storage” or “data server”.
Most modern external backup devices connect with a computer via USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 interface. A bit more exotic (but still frequently appearing) types of interfaces are FireWire and external SATA (eSATA) plugs. Interfaces have some major differences such as speed of data transferring, availability and specifications of built-in power lines and the maximal length of plug cord. All types of interfaces except different versions of USB have mechanically different connection plugs and outlets, too.
Handy Backup can automate processes of backup to external drives, like external hard disks, flash memory USB drives and memory cards. All types of interfaces are available. Just plug the external device to the computer and then use Computer as the data destination. Any external device plugged to the computer will be available for selection as a receiver of backup data.
Selection of external backup devices depends completely of data types and total size, as well as of goals set for the particular backup task. Backup files to a flash memory USB drive to make sure the important information is secured and always at hand. Place big amounts of data to external hard disks, for more convenient and economically efficient usage of data storage space. Use immovable, external-powered disk arrays with some sort of RAID configured for the most secure and stable data protection.
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Backup Terms Glossary
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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 192 terms. The current section Storage Media contains 38 terms.
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