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archive

Computing data transferred to a tape or disk for long-term storage rather than frequent use

archive

(file format)
A single file containing one or (usually) more separate files plus information to allow them to be extracted (separated) by a suitable program.

Archives are usually created for software distribution or backup. tar is a common format for Unix archives, and arc or PKZIP for MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows.

archive

(operating system)
To transfer files to slower, cheaper media (usually magnetic tape) to free the hard disk space they occupied. This is now normally done for long-term storage but in the 1960s, when disk was much more expensive, files were often shuffled regularly between disk and tape.

archive

(networking)

archive

(1) (noun) A file that contains one or more compressed files. Most archive formats are also capable of storing folder structures in order to reconstruct the file/folder relationship when decompressed.

One File Is Easier to Distribute
More often than not, archives are used to combine several files into one for ease of distribution. Although the compression algorithm may reduce all the files by a substantial amount, the size reduction is often less important than the convenience of distributing one file and referencing only one file name rather than a group of files. See self-extracting archive and archive formats.

(2) (verb) To compress one or more files and folders into a single file for backup or transport. Although archived files may remain on the same computer, "archive" implies data retention, and archived data are typically stored in a secondary location for backup and historical purposes. See archive program, archive formats, backup software, active archiving and HSM.
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Plasmon's Archive File Manager is specifically designed to help customers effectively manage this problem with a smart file system archiving solution.
Data that is five to seven years old can be saved to an Archive File to take advantage of more cost-effective storage options.
Active archiving addresses this problem by safely removing historical customer data from the Level One online database at the row level and storing it in a compressed format in one or more Archive Files, which are then managed by HSM.
The archive files also show other dump sites around Scotland and how waste and sludge from nuclear submarines based at Rosyth Dockyard was regularly being deposited in the Firth of Forth during the 1960s.
How can IT locate a necessary file without scouring through all the archive files, especially when it knows the file was active 60 days ago?
Employees in 108 countries can create, share, review and archive files in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), the de facto standard for reliable electronic document management.
It can archive files on a 10 GB hard disk as well as send documents via e-mail and get confirmation of receipt and digital signature application.
zip archives and both restore compressed archive files to their original formats.
iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac is a full-featured utilities software that help users recover lost or deleted photos, videos, documents, email and archive files from Mac OS X hard drive and storage devices by yourself easily.
These solutions safely remove rarely-accessed data from overloaded production databases and save the data to easily managed Archive Files that can be stored on the most cost-effective storage medium.
Build and Archive Tools: A set of commands for compiling individual files, building entire projects, generating archive files form projects and validating archive files (based on ant)

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