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