backup software

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Wikipedia.

backup software

(tool, software)
Software for doing a backup, often included as part of the operating system.

Backup software should provide ways to specify what files get backed up and to where. It may include its own scheduling function to automate the procedure or, preferably, work with generic scheduling facilities. It may include facilities for managing the backup media (e.g. maintaining an index of tapes) and for restoring files from backups.

Examples are Unix's dump command and Windows's ntbackup.
This article is provided by FOLDOC - Free Online Dictionary of Computing (

backup software

Software that copies data from a single machine or from selected computers in a network to a storage medium. At periodic intervals, a backup of the entire hard drive or of selected files and folders can be performed. Backup programs can also be set up to back up files automatically right after they have been updated and saved.

When the Hard Disk Crashes
Company and personal data are the most valuable information to back up. However, if only data are backed up, the OS and applications have to be re-installed, which can be time consuming and costly, not to mention aggravating. The method often recommended is to back up the entire system, including OS and applications. After a disk crash, everything can be restored to the replacement hard drive, and users can resume from that backup point. See backup storage, backup types, backup server, HSM, data recovery and active archiving.

Built In
Rebit, Inc. ( offers software that performs a variety of backup tasks and also sells disks with the software pre-installed. This 500GB drive saved the author of this encyclopedia a ton of installation woes. No more than three days after making a full backup on this unit, the computer's hard disk failed completely. When the drive was replaced, the Rebit "frog" restored the entire system perfectly.
Copyright © 1981-2019 by The Computer Language Company Inc. All Rights reserved. THIS DEFINITION IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. All other reproduction is strictly prohibited without permission from the publisher.
References in periodicals archive ?
Ahsay Backup Software Development Company Limited has been listed on the GEM Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited on 8 October 2015.
The backup software also allows bare metal restores, or restoration of an operating system for boot purposes.
A launch button for MozyHome and MozyPro online backup software is built into Retrospect Express 7.6.
The company's PS Series iSCSI SAN consists of hardware and software that works with a network's existing servers, operating systems, and backup software to create a single pool of storage that's connected to the network via an Ethernet connection and TCP/IP.
These are added to management responsibilities for backup software and hardware.
Under the distribution agreement, Ahsay HK has granted eSTORAGE a non-exclusive license for two years to distribute, sell and deliver certain backup software products under the trademarks and trade names of Ahsay HK as its distributor in Taiwan.
Quantum's vmPRO virtual backup software, which Quantum acquired when it bought Pancetera Software last year, works by cleaning out file structures in virtual machines.
To deal with the ever increasing complexity of today's datacenters, backup software products and application vendors have also created a bevy of special purpose agents to handle different scenarios.
Through a simple web interface, iLink provides secure, two-way communications between the authorized service team in ADIC's Secure Service Center and the diagnostics in libraries, disk-backup systems, backup software, HBAs, and fabric.
Arkeia, Carlsbad, Calif., an international leader in enterprise backup software, has launched a hot backup plug-in for IBM DB2 databases.
The product includes data protection software and integrates with backup software applications from other vendors.--Network Appliance