• A long-term computer storage area.
  • Archives are long term repositories for the storage of records. Electronic archives preserve the content, prevent or track alterations and control access to electronic records.
  • A copy of data on a computer drive, or on a portion of a drive, maintained for historical reference.
  • A container that holds files, either compressed or uncompressed (ZIP, CAB, TAR, GZ, JAR, PST, NSF, or other file types). There are two types of archives – mail containers and file containers.
  • The procedure of transferring text or data from a hard disk to off-line storage media for later access.


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  2. Kroll Ontrack, Glossary of Terms
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  6. RSI, Glossary.
  7. Ibis Consulting, Glossary.
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