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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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WORM storage with a CAS interface may be acceptable depending on the authenticity requirements of the organization, but only optical media provides unquestioned physical authenticity and is named explicitly as a preferred archive media by some regulations.
This would mean choosing an archive format that may lack some of the functional features of the native format but complies with standards for long-term retention.
Part of the thinking behind the Legal and Historical Internet Archive System is that, if we can demonstrate that the BBC is responsibly managing its own collection of published Internet output, then perhaps we could work with the deposit libraries to agree upon the nature and regularity of deposits instead of having to meet the blanket requirements of the Legal Deposit Libraries Act.
A couple more crucial minutes were found on a 1936 projection print stored at another archive, George Eastman House in Rochester, N.
2 of Archive for DB2 includes new offline delete options and enhanced Large Object (LOB) handling that improves performance by more than 25 percent.
Princeton Softech's Active Archive Solutions for both the mainframe and open systems environments address the challenge of accelerating database growth over the long term.
Plasmon's enterprise class Archive Appliance helps customers manage more varied and complex scenarios including meeting growing IT compliance and governance requirements.
Archive data can involve local and remote access (location independent) with many users in many locations
Short case studies from the other authors provide perspectives from both an operational point of view (the National Archives of Namibia) and from the standpoint of an educational institution (the Archives and Records Management Department at Moi University, Kenya).
MessageGate Archive Categorization intelligently categorizes e-mails prior to archival, adding supplemental information and meta-tags to each message.
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