Clean incremental backup

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by mathieulongtin, Aug 30, 2005.

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  1. mathieulongtin

    mathieulongtin Registered Member

    Jul 24, 2005
    I backup to a USB hard drive, incrementally. Is there a way to clean the backup so it only keeps enough data to restore to one of the last five backup states?

    I don't need all of my files entire history for the last year...

  2. jmk94903

    jmk94903 Registered Member

    Jul 10, 2004
    San Rafael, CA
    Personally, I don't make incrementals at all. I do only full backups. That way I can delete any old backup that I no longer expect to every restore.

    Although incrementals with file backup programs are much smaller than full backups, the incrementals of the C drive with imaging software such as TI are not that much smaller or faster than a full system backup.
  3. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

    Jan 28, 2005
    NSW, Australia

    Why not start a new backup image set after 5 incremental have been created. Delete the previous set when appropriate.

    How large are your incremental images, out of interest?
  4. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello Mathieu,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Incremental backup is based on the first full backup and on all previously made incremental backups. You can safely delete the latest incremental backup but you cannot delete the middle one or the oldest one.

    You can try to use the following plan to create a backup: create full backups every week (or every 2 weeks, or every month) and incremental backups every day (or every 2 days). In this case each week (each 2 weeks, each month) the full backup will be replaced with the newly created one.

    Also you can start to create a new incremental backup.

    Thank you.
    Irina Shirokova
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