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Websites are archives. A website that isn't an archive is one that displays a lot of "404 errors" - file not found.
In a typical office, several people have to read a document - the writers, the editors, a manager, the signatory to the document, and possibly some artists.
The file naming convention I use starts the name with a date: YYMMDD-file-name.ext
Archiving is different from backups. Think about them separately.
An archive is an organizational strategy for data.
A simple, transparent way to backup a personal computer is with an external hard drive or USB flash drive.
You don't need special software to do this - just copy the files.
The correct way to backup a database is to use a "mirror" or "replica" of the database.
If you're programming (or managing programmers), you can use Subversion or any other revision control system as a backup.
It's a good idea to run two sets of backups. For one, it's possible that the backup software can fail, leaving some data unsaved.
A full backup is a backup of all the files. It's used in contrast to the incremental backup, which is a backup of files changed since the last backup.
An incremental backup is a backup of all the files that have changed since the last backup. Typically, you perform a full backup, then a series of incremental backups.
Backing data up to floppy went out with the 1990s. Hardly any computers have floppy disk drives anymore.
Backup to CD shares a lot of problems that backup to DVD has, with some interesting differences.
Creating backups on DVD-R or DVD-RW allows you to store up to 4.8 gigabytes of data (or 2.4 if you use single layder DVDs).
The main advantages:
Backup tapes are a popular backup medium, but recently has become more expensive than disk. It's cheaper to use hard disks for backup.
Computers fail, eventually.
There are hardware failures, and software failures.