Best way to do Full Backups and Rotate Hard Drives
I am new to Acronis. I was using Cobian for years, but that's now an abandoned project and I am searching for something new. I am on the Acronis True Image 2017 trial period right now.
I would like to do 3 full backups (early mornings on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday). I then want to swap the external drive—the destination—once per week. I will be using 2 drives, rotating them each week.
I currently have Acronis True Image 2017 setup to backup 2 user folders with the following settings:
- Backup Scheme: Custom Scheme
- Backup Method: Full
- Store no more than 3 recent versions
This brings me to my first question.
Question 1. Am I correct in my understanding that this setup will automatically remove the 1st full backup when it does the 4th full backup, and then remove the 2nd full backup when it does the 5th full backup, etc?
That first question may be only academic because of the destination drive swap. I swap the drives every Monday and both drives will have the same drive letter. So, once I get into this, I'll have the following on the 2 external drives (or at least this is what I envision right now):
|Drive 1||Full Backup 1||Full Backup 2||Full Backup 3|
|Drive 2||Full Backup 4||Full Backup 5||Full Backup 6|
So, if I'm right in my thinking, when I reconnect Drive 1, Acronis will do the next full backup (Full Backup 7) and delete the earliest one (Full Backup 1) since there are 3 backups on the drive. Then, when I connect Drive 2 the following week, Acronis will do the next full backup (Full Backup 10) and delete the earliest one (Full Backup 4) since there are 3 backups on that drive.
Question 2. Is this a reasonable expectation of how this will work?
Question 3. Will Acronis have any problem with the drive swap? Will it throw an error when it doesn't see the particular backups it was expecting to see on the drive?
Question 4. If my thinking is off here, what is the best way to accomplish what I'm trying to do (i.e. have 3 full backups on each external hard drive, swapping the drives out each week)?
Thanks for any help!