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Windows Backup Is Not Incremental


griffon56
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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

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lotvic

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

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griffon56

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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?

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Nontek

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

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onthelimit1

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

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griffon56

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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

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griffon56

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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

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lotvic

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wee eddie

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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.

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lotvic

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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.

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Nontek

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lotvic

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

Me too for sure!

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