Scheduling Normal vs SZ partition backups question.

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by nelsonm, Jul 26, 2005.

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  1. nelsonm

    nelsonm Registered Member

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    Hi all,

    Let me get this straight...

    Given:

    One scheduled monthly "full backup" image mode.
    One scheduled monthly "append changes to existing archive" image mode.


    Question:

    Backing up to a normal partition or drive...
    - A "full backup" image will be overwritten.
    - An "append changes to existing archive" will create new incremental image files until the partition or drive space is exhausted resulting in a write error.

    Backing up to a SZ partition or drive...
    - A "full backup" image will be overwritten.
    - An "append changes to existing archive" will create new incremental image files until the partition or drive space is exhausted then TI will overwrite the first image file and start the appending all over again.

    If this is true - then why not allow "x" number of appends before starting the cycle over again on a normal partition or drive in order to avoid a write error issue?
     
  2. pjb024

    pjb024 Registered Member

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    If you only have one full backup in SZ and you keep creating incremental images then you will still get an out of space error when SZ is full. TI can automatically manage the space in SZ and, provided that there is more than one backup cycle (full backup + one or more incrementals) in SZ, when the SZ gets full TI will overwrite the oldest full backup and its related incrementals. TI does this automatically and you don't have to specify anything other than making your SZ an appropriate size to contain the number of backup cycles that you wish to keep.

    If you want to have TI manage the space taken up by your backups why not just create a SZ?
     
  3. drac

    drac Registered Member

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    One issue with a SZ backup is that it is totally inaccessable. If you want to write the image to a CD or DVD you can't.

    Since it is nice to have an offsite or off disk backup, having a partition just for the backup and then copying theTIB to another drive or computer or to DVD's would make the non SZ option better.
     
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