Backup Types

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March 22, 2009 at 22:03:35
Specs: Vista HP, N/A
I'm having trouble finding an appropriate back up software as I can't figure out what "type" of back up I want to do.

I want to save a exact copy of my hard drive to an image file. Then, I want to be able to periodically update this file to reflect the changes made to my computer since the initial back up. I was under the impression that this was called a incremental backup, but apparently an incremental back up doesn't remove deleted files from the backup image, and therefore, such a back up would keep growing and growing. So what is the proper name for the type of back up I just described?

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March 23, 2009 at 14:02:11
Vista already has both.

One is an image based and they also have traditional ntbackup type.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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March 23, 2009 at 14:24:31
I recommend Acronis True Image Home, it can do full and incremental backups of drives and partitions.
A full image backup is what you want, it will save whatever is on the drive, at the time the image is made.
Acronis can be set to perform this function automatically, on a daily, weekly or monthly interval and time, as long as the media it's being saved to is connected.
If you get the disk version it is bootable, if a download, you need to make a recovery boot disk, in the event things go pear shape and you have to recover.
A 30gb instalation takes about 8 minutes to backup on a modern computer.

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March 23, 2009 at 18:12:10
So what is the proper name for the type of back up I just described?

Differential backup.


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