A file on your hard drive has the “archive” attribute set. What does this mean?
A) You cannot change the contents of the file
B) The file has been modified since the last backup
C) The file is a system file
D) The file is a hidden file
E) The file contains an historical record that will be cherished by future generations
The answer: B) The file has been modified since the last backup
The archive attribute is a bit that’s either on or off. If a file is changed, the archive bit turns “on.” Many backup applications look for the archive bit to determine if the file is different than what’s in the backup. Once the file is backed up, the archive bit is reset.
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