Removing increments - best practice for backup

Discussion in 'Paragon Drive Backup Product Line' started by Jasontaz, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. Jasontaz

    Jasontaz Registered Member

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    Hi - Newbie alert (although not to backup types etc).

    So I have been using the product for a while (after ditching acronis due to restores hanging repeatedly for machine migration). I like that you see what is going on and have good control.

    So a 1TB laptop backing up to a 1TB external Disk (USB3) all good. Using - Paragon Backup and Recovery™, version 10.1.25.348 (10.10.14 ) Home. External Disk is bitlockered (can't remember why, maybe Paragon can't encrypt backups??).

    First backup 21/03/2015. 11 increments since. pfi format, compressed.
    So after 11 increments, my external disk is getting full. So say I currently have weekly increments. logically I would want to delete a bunch of increments from say Inc 1, 3, 4, 7 (i.e. paragon merge them) and as the same files change, the overall disk usuage would reduce.

    The only options appear to be:
    - start again on a new disk with a new base
    - delete recent increments and carry on - reducing my ability to recover recent loses if they occur

    What is the best way to deal with the classic backup where you end up with Base backup + 1/4ly forever + monthly for the last 6 months, weeklies for the last 6 weeks....

    TIA.
     
  2. Jasontaz

    Jasontaz Registered Member

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    OK, I found a merge option, is this what I need to "compress 2 increments" into one?
    Also, in the docs found about being able to create multiple increment chains from one base. The trouble with this is that I would have to have a massive disk to achieve this, unless I span disks.
    I guess I could have:
    Disk OLD = BASE + 1/4lies
    Disk Monthly = BASE + Monthlies if I can merge in the oldest inc back into the base
    Disk weekly = Base + weekly if I can merge the oldest weeklies into the base?

    Aside: So just kicked off a new base on another disk and love the way is says "48 seconds remaining" on backing up what I know will be about 700GB of data and I know it will take about 8 hours or more.
     
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