Windows Backup Is Not Incremental

  griffon56 13 May 13
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Hi All,

I've set my Win7-64 machine to backup to a USB Hard Drive regularly each week. After the first backup I thought that it would do incremental backups, but it does complete backups each time. How do I change this behaviour, please?

Regards

  lotvic 13 May 13

AFAIK you can't. It just does full backups each time.

  griffon56 13 May 13

My 80 year old memory is not what it was, and that wasn't much, but I'm almost sure that I saw somewhere when I was setting up the first backup that later ones would only add those files which were new or which had changed!!

That phrase rings true as something which is standard. What is the use of a backup program which goes thro' all the same old rigmarole for the addition of one extra file. It beggars belief, but I suppose we'll have to put it down to the wonders of MS software writing. OK, so an operating system is a monumental achievement and who am I to belittle the work of mainly gifted people, but surely somebody ought to have asked the question before it was all graven in granite.

Any chance you know of a good backup program I could adopt?

  Nontek 13 May 13

I use Acronis True Image, never had any problems over many years.

  onthelimit1 13 May 13

Or if you want a freebie, have a look at Paragon - it's free.

  griffon56 14 May 13

Thank you all for your advice, please consider the subject closed now, I'll probably go for the freebie program.

Kind regards

griffon56

  griffon56 14 May 13
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Thank you all for your advice, please consider the subject closed now, I'll probably go for the freebie program.

Kind regards

griffon56

  lotvic 14 May 13

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  wee eddie 14 May 13

I think you're wrong.

W7 Back-up is incremental.

I don't know what you have done with the settings to get it to do a full back-up every time it's scheduled to but the Basic Set-up is intended to only log the changes since the last scheduled back-up.

  lotvic 14 May 13

It would seem that there is no clear cut answer one way or t'other.

answers.microsoft.com/windows/forum/windows-7-how-to-perform-an-incremental-back-up

I think I'll stick to Acronis, at least I understand how to use that.

  Nontek 14 May 13

lotvic

I think I'll stick to Acronis, at least I understand how to use that.

Me too for sure!

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