How many incrementals before I should create another new full backup?

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  1. Jaygray

    Jaygray Registered Member

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    Re: TI 10 Home

    Is there an official recommendation of how many incrementals one should allow before starting over with a new full backup? Is it recommended to have 1 original backup and then 100 incrementals if my USB HD has room for it? Does the security of my data start to diminish at some point? Where do I draw the line?

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  2. MerlinAZ

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    There's probably no correct answer (unless Menorcaman is around).
    I create 3-4 incrementals before doing a complete backup again.
    It's only one opinion, though.
     
  3. bmubmu

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    It is all depend on your content types, your times, and available storage. You should give continuous backup software (i.e. memeo autobackup) a try to free yourself from this type of issues. After the initial backup, it will backup only changes and new files. Meaning it always has an up-to-date backup of all your files. Memeo can even keep multiple versions of a file. So you can ask for the version of your financial data from three months back or you can restore all of the lalest files.
     
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  4. seekforever

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    The TI incremental backups perform exactly the same function but the question persists regardless of application - how many incrementals do you add to a full before creating a new full.

    The kicker is that one bad incremental in the chain renders all of the incrementals after it useless.

    If you are going to do incrementals, I favor the approach of a full on Sunday and then incrementals on the other days of the week or something like that. I would probably stay with no more than 10-20 incrementals.

    If you have the space on your backup drive, never delete the old backups just because they are old backups - if something goes wrong you may be glad you have them.
     
  5. Long View

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    I prefer to keep things simple -only make Full images - so for me the answer to how many is none.
     
  6. Antarctica

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    Same for me.;)
     
  7. shieber

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    Same here. I just run full backups everyday, during off-hours so the 15 or 20 minutes required to backup 15-20GB isn't a problem. This way I'm unlikely to lose more than a day's work or less if my drive goes south. And if a backup file turns out bad, I only the prior day's backup as a resource, etc.
     
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    Ditto.
     
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