My Incremental Updates are Bigger than the Base, except one!?

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by iHz, Aug 21, 2006.

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  1. iHz

    iHz Registered Member

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    Hi, i have TI8, and i have done a full image saved as

    backup.tib which is 2.84gig

    the second time i chose incremental, it saved as:
    backup1.tib - 1.9gig

    the third incremental:
    backup2.tib - 125MB

    the forth incremental:
    backup3.tib - 3.17gig


    I defragged before each backup, but im confused as to why each incremental is so big, except the second one, which is 125mb?
    Why the inconsistency? shouldnt they all be small?
     
  2. jeremyotten

    jeremyotten Registered Member

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    1 TIP only defrag before a FULL backup. NOT BEFORE Incrementals. All sectors will be replaced and thats why they get so BIG!
     
  3. iHz

    iHz Registered Member

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    so are they basically independent now, or do i still need the earlier backups?

    also why was the 3rd incremental 125mb? i did a defrag before each backup...o_O
     
  4. TheWeaz

    TheWeaz Registered Member

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    With FULL/INCs, when you select an image to restore from, you will need that file and all the previous ones.
     
  5. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

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    Hello iHz,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Please accept our apologies for the delay with the response.

    Please note that as jeremyotten mentioned the incremental or differential backup created after a disk is defragmented might be considerably larger than usual. Please also have a look at this thread for details.

    No, the incremental backup archive is based on the full backup and to restore data from the 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.

    Please note that it depends on many factors such as how the disc was fragmented before the defragmentation or what data was changed since the previous incremental backup was created.

    Thank you.
    --
    Aleksandr Isakov
     
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