Quote: Originally Posted by kado897
I do full images weekly and fill in the gap with daily differentials. This means that I have very little data loss in the event I need to restore. It also means that I am more likely to restore than spend hours undoing changes.
Obviously, for you, differentials make sense. Whether using incremental or differential backups are appropriate depends on how large of a full image you make and how often you need it made. Sine the only images I need are for my boot drive, weekly full images are plenty unless I make a major change, such as adding or deleting programs or making changes in settings (I always make an image just before and after doing so). It only takes between 8-9 minutes to make an image of my boot drive so incrementals/differentials are rather pointless for me.
I could clone my boot drive and restore it by cloning back to the boot drive but there is no real benefit to doing that since I would be wasting time and space. Images are easier to work with when restoring an OS partition.
As mentioned earlier, I clone my data drives to back them up. Clones take longer and take up the same amount of space as the original drive but I can quickly use them as is, making data access easier should I need it. Weekly is often enough since I have a paid cloud backup service (Carbonite) that I can get any changes since the last clone fairly easily. Carbonite also has 30 day versioning—it keeps a copy of previous versions of a file and deleted files for 30 days—which should be plenty for me and saves me the hassle of versioning myself.