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#1 Venek

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Posted 06 May 2007 - 04:39 PM

I don't need to keep an old differential (or incremental) back-up if I make a new one to the original full back-up, do I? I've been deleting the old back-up files (except the original full one, of course) every time I make a new differential file.

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Posted 06 May 2007 - 05:26 PM

The way I understand it is this......

A Full Backup contains all data.

Incremental backup contains only the changes since the last backup session (wether full or incremental) - you must save the latest FULL and ALL incremental backups since the last full session as each incremental is just a link in the chain.

Differential Backup - contains all changes since the LAST FULL backup - so only the latest FULL backup AND latest DIFFERERENTIAL is needed note: you couldn't use the lastest differential with the original full IF you had done a full backup at a later date....know what I mean

Now all that said, I don't fully want to take the risk of losing my data. I have only done full backups and I keep the original (not sure why as I have restore disks but I do) and I keep the last two or three full backups (which I do about each week). I also seperately backup My docs which includes my music, pictures etc. I have a dedicated external hard drive for my backups

from the horses mouth........http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/

the user guide is middle right on the page........

Edited by mightyvh, 06 May 2007 - 05:36 PM.

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Posted 06 May 2007 - 05:36 PM

Acronis needs all the information in all the incremental backups to restore an incremental backup (I've done this once).

I prefer the full backup myself - but the incremental is so much easier for me to schedule!
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Posted 07 May 2007 - 09:20 PM

Thanks, I was just a little confused about the difference between the differential and incremental back-up files (aside from the file size). Now I know. Thanks.
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