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How to implement backup strategy

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Hi All,

   I want to implement the following backup strategy.  Have 2 months worths of incremental backups available. The process would be the following:

    1. Make a disk image. 

    2. Create incremental backups for 30 days. 

    3. Remove the previous months incremental backups from the storage location. 

    4. Move the current month incremental backups to the storage location.

    5. Repeat steps 2 - 4  forever.

Note - in step 2 I want to start the incremental backups using the original disk image as a base and not use the previous months incremental backups.

   How much can true image home do of this and what will I have to write and what's the best way for me to write using .bat files, etc...

  Thank you.


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Just schedule a daily incremental task and set the number of incrementals to 30. Is a an awful lot!

What is your 'storage location', an external drive? It may be better to just copy them manually but I'm sure someone could provide you with a simple script. I never use them as I do only full backups.

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Differences between the Incremental type backups & Differential type backups when a partition or disk backup (archive) is created.

TrueImage is not a file by file backup program. Rather, it works by reading the used sectors on your hard drive.

TI stores its backups in sets. To meet the requirements of a set starts first with a full backup. Then, the next step (optional) is to add additional backup files which can be either an incremental type or differential type backups. Without the first full backup, the set is incomplete.

Incremental: Initially saves all changes since the last full backup. Afterward, the next incremental saves only the changes that have occurred since the last incremental.

Differential type backup: Includes all changes that have occurred since the original full backup.

Each incremental backup is dependent upon all prior incremental files being good. If one incremental becomes corrupt, then all newer incremental backup files after the corrupt one are non-usable. A differential backup contains all the changes from the original backup so each differential needs only the original full plus one differential to be restorable.

If on day 25, you wanted to restore your system. using differentials, you would need the original full backup plus one differential type backup. If restoring using incremental files, you would need the original full backup plus all 24 of the incremental archives. If incremental archive #5 is bad, then incremental 6 through 25 are non-able.

As part of your ongoing file integrity, you would want to validate each days backup. When validating an incremental backup, Acronis needs to have the master and all preceding incremental backups. So again, on day 25, Acronis would validate the master plus the 25 incremental's. If one file cannot be validated, the entire set is useless. With the differentials, it needs the master plus the one single day being restored and only the two must be validated. If validating each and every backup is not feasible, then occasionally the user should, at the very minimum, validate one complete set. Since the system partition should always be restored when booted from the TI Rescue CD, then the validation should occasionally occur when also booted from the Rescue CD.

When restoring, the master or original backup must be within the folder where the other backup files are stored within the backup set. In other words, the whole group of backup becomes a set.(set=original plus all incremental's; or original plus any or all differentials to be used).

If you move any of the files, it is recommended that the moved files are again validated and be moved as a complete set. The original full backup is the foundation of the entire backup set. A differential or incremental cannot be restored without the original full backup.

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Hello Thomas,

Thank you for using Acronis Products

Look the following examples of backup strategies  here 

As for the batch files you can see some examples using this KB article