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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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Keeping Time is a modern and accessible introduction to archival best practices that uses practical examples and hypothetical situations to tailor the content for music librarians.
Archival, however, crushed Jones in the tiebreaker 11-2 for the championship.
1 -- color) San Diego graphic designer Joan Maloney created the archival ``Black Tuxedo'' poster for the Academy Awards.
A more modular system architecture that implements the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) framework (3) more closely, separating the digital asset store from the database that manages it more cleanly.
The emphasis is less on archival arrangement and description, although it does indicate the organizational and social context in which records are created.
Finally, our results show that environmental archival samples stored at low temperature with beef extract as cryoprotector may profit from current virologic detection methods.
Whereas the earlier work's archival photographs were initially taken in a period of heavy migrations of Eastern European Jews into Berlin (one which coincided with the development of the photographic medium), and their projection thus reflects their ethereal disappearance during the late 1930s and early '40s, the new works' projections seem comparatively arbitrary.
Plasmon is a leader in professional archival solutions, providing the industry's most comprehensive line of optical and tape libraries, drives and media and NAS/SAN storage networking solutions.
Archival data is normally referred to as fixed content, meaning that it is rarely modified.
Date and time stamping of individual frames also enables building owners to call up specific video sequences, pinpointed to the second in multi-year archival periods.
In addition to having a back-up copy, you can also think of the two groupings by the types of use--everyday use and archival use.
The second chapter is largely a review of archival documents and early modern printed treatises on social questions surrounding poverty and outcast social groups.