The process of long-term storage of important data for security and recovery reasons. Archived data is usually stored in a compressed format because it is required infrequently.
Some of the files that a Microsoft Windows NT administrator might consider archiving regularly include
TIP: When you archive event log files, you can save these files in log file format, text file format, or comma-delimited text file format. The actual binary data of an event is saved only if you archive it in event log format, but saving the information in a comma-delimited text file format allows you to import these logs into a spreadsheet program to analyze trends.