Describes the basic terms, which are used in this manual.
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We use the term backup to mean "make a separate copy of source files, compress them, and put them into a backup archive".
There are two types of backups:
Full: All source files will be added into a backup archive
Incremental: Only new files, or those changed from a previous backup will be added into an archive. It saves time required for a backup.
a collection of the important files, folders, and registry entries
you have selected to backup.
a file that contains your documents; files and special information to get
an exact copy of backed up files any time you need them. EaseBackup uses
a standard ZIP format for backup archives. Usually you have to store your
backup archives offsite from the computer where your backup files are located.
a zip archive, removable disks, CD-R/CD-RW/DVD, FTP Servers, Amzon S3 account
and tapes. In other words, backup storage is
a place that you use to store your backup archives. Ideally it must
be safe, fast and be outside of your computer location.
Backup session includes a full backup and all sequential incremental backups until the next full backup.
a collection of source files, backup storage, and parameters,
which control the backup process. After defining the Backup Set,
you can run backup, restore, copy, or other processes.
A small file with a compressed list of files from associated
backup archive. Each backup archive has such file. It's not
encrypted, but the compression is not standard. That's why
without special tools, nobody is able to read these files.
A Catalog file has ".cat" extension.
EaseBackup information files
Files from this group contain information about Backup sets,
your customized options, and so on. Here is a list of these file:
DIRS.DAT - contains all Backup sets.
FILETYPE.DAT - contains a list of all extensions
HOTKEYS.DAT - contains hot keys to allow quick access to commands (shortcut keys)
CONF.DAT - EaseBackup's encrypted configuration
pubring.pkr and secring.skr - files with your PGP keys
EaseBackup uses the term restore to describe the process
of coping files from a backup archive to a disk, and applying
all file information (attributes, security, ...) to give an exact
copy of source files.
A compressed file in a special format that contains EaseBackup information files.
It used to prepare EaseBackup to restore your files after disaster.
Tree of Backup Sets
The tree of all existing Backup Sets. You can find it at the left docked panel of
EaseBackup Explorer window.
UNC (universal naming convention) path is a naming convention for
folders and files which provides a machine-independent means of
locating the folder or file. A UNC name will usually include a
reference to a shared folder accessible over a network rather
than specifying a drive letter and path. For example, to access
a folder with Mark's images on a shared directory named "Images"
on the computer called "MarkWorkStation", you could use the
UNC name "\\MarkWorkStation\Images\". EaseBackup uses UNC paths to backup
network (shared) files without mapping network drive.