What Those Words Mean – Clearing Up Some Backup Confusion

What Those Words MeanIf there’s only one copy, it’s not backed up.

You want to back up. You know you should.

But every time you look into it you’re bombarded with confusing terms and concepts that feel completely foreign. They might as well be speaking some other language.

In a way, they are. They’re “geek”.

You’re not alone. You’re so not alone.

The words get in the way!

A couple of years ago I polled readers about their backup habits, and more importantly, their backup obstacles.

Number one on the list? Terminology. The words that techies, and software vendors, and book authors used to describe backups and backing up and what you’re supposed to do were just so much gobbledegook to many people.

From that result my special report, What Those Words Mean – Clearing Up Some Backup Confusion, was born.

An overview of the most important, the most common, and the most confusing terms you’ll encounter when setting out to save your precious data from loss and destruction.

Much more than a glossary, closer to an encyclopedia, What Those Words Mean lays out in ways you can understand some of the major terms used when talking about backing up:

  • Backup (and Back Up)
  • Image versus Clone
  • Drives (HDD, SSD, disk vs drive, USB, external, NAS, partition)
  • Types of backups: full, incremental, differential
  • The Five Rs: rescue, restore, recovery, repair, and reinstall
  • What it means to restore data after a problem
  • Using backups to move data to a new machine
  • What it means to mount something

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