Physical backup is a copy of an application’s binary files that is performed on hard drive level using common file system queries, rather than using the application’s interfaces designed to export its data. For example, Windows registry can be exported in two ways: using regedit, which is a built-in client designed for administering system registry, or by direct copying of the respective files from the Windows folder. The first case is logical backup, because the data is retrieved via API provided by Microsoft, and the latter is physical backup.
The main advantage of physical backup is its speed: it doesn’t interact with internal design of the application and therefore needs to make fewer operations.
The main disadvantages are as follows:
With Handy Backup, you can perform both physical and logical backups. Physical backups can be performed with any HDD files on the disk, which is achieved with the help of Volume Shadow Copy Service Backups. Logical backups can be made available for several database management systems, through the use of MySQL Backup and other plug-ins.
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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 140 terms. The current section Databases contains 17 terms.