Regarding Windows Backup Method

Posted on 2005-05-12
Last Modified: 2010-04-03

     I have another question regarding Backup.  What is the simplest method of backup types (copy, daily, differential, incremental and normal) for setting up the 167 users? Most users would only be backing up whatever that is created within their My Documents folder.  Should they do a normal backup with the file replacement option set on.  Or should they just start off with and continue to do incremental backup?  Or should they start with normal and then do incremental?  When the normal and incremental is restored is their more than one backup file involved?   Thank you very much.
Question by:sudin36

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    The simplest method when backing up relatively small amounts of data, like a My Documents folder is to do a "Normal" backup with replace on every time.

    Restoring from these backups is also easy.

    If the data storage size is not an issue, and you are only keeping one copy of the backups I would definately go with the "Normal" option.
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    Tend to agree with jebr0wn.

    I wouldn't do incrementals as you'll have to restore EVERY Incremental from the last full to successfully restore all data.  Typically, the best method in my opinion for fairly large amounts of data is to do a Full every so often and a Differential (only ALL changed data since the last full backup) the rest of the time.  Backup frequency depends on how vital the data is and how often it changes.  TYPICALLY most places do one backup a night, but if you were a bank or a doctor you might do them more often.

    By the way, Microsoft calls Full backups "Normal" backups.

    Author Comment

       Thanks.  If I did a full backup the first time and a differential backup from then on, what would be needed to do a restore?  Also, would a differential backup include all new files that might have been created in the directories that have been normal (full) backup?  Thanks again.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Differentials backup all data that has changed since the last FULL backup.  So if you need to do a restore you need your last full backup and only the more recent differential.

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