Articles tagged: incremental backup

Can’t I Just Copy Everything Instead of Using a Backup Program?

It’s tempting to just use file-copy tools to back up what you think you need. But you can easily miss something very important.

What’s an Incremental Backup?

Backing up is important, but terms like “full”, “incremental”, and “differential” can easily confuse. I’ll look at what these terms mean.

Can I just keep making incremental backups after I’ve made a full image backup?

Incremental backups, in a practical sense, have a limited shelf life. I’ll explain why a full backup once a month is just about right.

Is cloning to a second internal drive a viable backup strategy?

Any backup system puts you ahead of the game. But a few “gotchas” could sneak up on you when relying on cloning a hard drive.

Is it better to use incremental or differential backups?

Incremental and differential backups store your data changes differently. Ultimately, the difference is one of granularity and managing disk space. But the biggest thing is that you are backing up regularly and happy with the results.

How Do I Automatically Clean Out My Accumulation of Backups?

Many backup programs allow you to specify that old backups be deleted. It’s not always obvious how, so I’ll show you in Macrium Reflect.

What’s the Difference Between an Image Backup and a Files and Folder Backup?

These two settings help you decide what you are backing up on your computer. That decision can be the difference between an easy or difficult recovery.