Restoring from an archive

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by theslaz, Dec 12, 2007.

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  1. theslaz

    theslaz Registered Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Calgary; Alberta; Canada
    Now that I have been able to make an incremental backup of my original main archive; I have a question about restoring that archive. I've pulled up the instructions and this is what it tells me:
    To restore data from an incremental backup, you must have all previous incremental backup files and the initial full backup. If any of successive backups is missing, restoration is not possible.
    • To restore data from a differential backup, you must have the initial full backup as well.
    Now if I back up my computer everyday; does this mean that I have to keep all those archives from day one. My first incremental backup that I did today is 1/4 gig in size. When can I start to delete some of these files. It just can't keep going on forever!
  2. John Farrar

    John Farrar Registered Member

    Nov 9, 2004
    One way around your problem is to schedule backups every day (or as you like).

    For example. A Full backup on a Sunday, and every other day of the week an incremental. Once a week your full backup will be overwritten plus the incrementals as they are scheduled. So you will always have only one full and six incremental backups.
  3. shieber

    shieber Registered Member

    Oct 27, 2004
    You need the Full and the incs associated with it -- the ones that are incremental to it. If you make a new Full, you can get rid of the old full and all the incs you made based on that Full. In fact, one you delete the Full, the associated incs are orphans and useless. But you only need a complete set (a Full and its incs) to be able to restore from an inc.
  4. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello theslaz,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Please notice that you can find detailed information about full, incremental and differential backups in chapter 3.2 "Full, incremental and differential backups" of Acronis True Image 11 Home User's Guide.

    If you have any further questions concerning Acronis software, please feel free to submit a request for technical support or post any of them on this forum. We will certainly try to help you in resolving any issues.

    Thank you.
    Marat Setdikov
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