(v.) (1) To copy files to a long-term storage medium for backup. Large computer systems often have two layers of backup, the first of which is a disk drive. Periodically, the computer operator will archive files on the disk to a second storage device, usually a tape drive.
On smaller systems, archiving is synonymous with backing up.
(2) To compress a file.
(n.) (1) A disk, tape, or directory that contains files that have been backed up.
(2) A file that contains one or more files in a compressed format.
(adj.) In DOS systems, the archive attribute marks files that have been modified since the last backup.
- archived topics
In online forums and other online discussion spaces posts and conversations that are inactive or have been closed to new messages are often archived on the service. Users can still read these messages but they will be unable to reply to them. When using chat services, the closed chat discussions are called transcripts rather than […]
- area chart
A type of presentation graphic that emphasizes a change in values by filling in the portion of the graph beneath the line connecting various data points.
- areal density
Also called bit density.The amount of data that can be packed onto a storage medium. Areal densities are generally measured in gigabits per square inch. The term is useful for comparing different types of media, such as magnetic disks and optical disks. Current magnetic and optical disks have areal densities of several gigabits per square […]
In programming, a value that you pass to a routine. For example, if SQRT is a routine that returns the square root of a value, then SQRT(25) would return the value 5. The value 25 is the argument. Argument is often used synonymously with parameter, although parameter can also mean any value that can be […]
- arithmetic expression
An expression that represents a numeric value. Other types of expressions can represent character or Boolean values.