Incremental vs. Differential

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by Backupguy, Feb 11, 2006.

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  1. Backupguy

    Backupguy Registered Member

    Feb 10, 2006
    I just created my first Image from my laptop drive. And I still do not start the difference between an Incremental and a Differential backup. Should I do an incremental backup from now on or a differential ?
  2. bVolk

    bVolk Registered Member

    Dec 22, 2005
    Hi Backupguy,

    With incrementals, you produce a chain of files, where each one holds everything that changed since the previous incremental was created. You need all the previous images up to and including the full one, to restore.

    With differentials you normally have just the full and one differential, the latter taking up all that changed since the full. You need only two files to restore, but any subsequent differential shall be larger than the previous one, which can now be deleted.

    But do read the User's Guide, by all means. No trial and arror approach with such a powerful software as TI is.
  3. Menorcaman

    Menorcaman Retired Moderator

    Aug 19, 2004
    Menorca (Balearic Islands) Spain
    Hello Backupguy,

    If you require further clarification (?!!) check out this previous thread titled <Important Questions>.

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