normal backup

Definition of normal backup in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is Normal Backup?

A backup type in which all the selected files and folders are backed up. Also known as full backup, this is the most secure way of backing up files and folders to tape.

In a normal backup, the archive attribute is marked for each file and folder that is backed up. If the file is later modified, the archive attribute is cleared, indicating that the file needs to be backed up again.

Normal backups are the safest form of backup but take the longest and use the most tape. They are also the easiest form of backup to perform a restore from, because you generally need only one tape to perform the restore (unless the amount of information to be backed up exceeds the capacity of the tape).


A good backup plan consists of at least one normal backup each week, with either incremental or differential backups during the rest of the week.

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