Fail-soft meaning

fālsôft, -sŏft
Relating to a backup mode of operation that allows a computer or communications system to function at reduced capacity after a component or power source fails.
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The ability to fail with minimum destruction. For example, a disk drive can be built to automatically park the heads when power fails. Although it does not correct the problem, it minimizes destruction. See failover and fault tolerant.
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