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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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Reduced system administration costs through the reduction of disk space for archived files. This saves $50,000 to $70,000, annually, per $10,000 saved in hardware.
TC4Shell is a successful attempt to almost completely eliminate the borderland between archived files and files in a normal folder.
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David Walker, facilities manager at Geldards said: "The Maltings have provided secure storage facilities for our archived files for many years.
The new version allows machine builders to cost-effectively provide electronic versions of archived files, prints and drawings for delivery to end users.
The Bulgarian newspaper Dnevnik reported that Scotland Yard had requested access to archived files and permission to interview about 40 witnesses, including communist-era secret police officers.
In our archived files is a webinar that took place on August 16, 2007, that discussed the benefits internal reporting users would have with the adoption of the XBRL Global Ledger framework (XBRL GL).
Data availability is assured with RAID 6 protection, while WORM disk functionality prevents overwriting of archived files.--Nexsan Technologies
HT FileStore now searches indexed text, as well as metadata of archived files across enterprisewide domains and multiple platforms.

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