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Windows 7: Can I use an old Acronis Full Backup and do incremental backup now?

02 Sep 2014   #1
pcwin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Can I use an old Acronis Full Backup and do incremental backup now?

I am using Acronis true image 11

I have created an full backup on 01 March 2014 and then scheduled incremental backup daily from 02 March 2014. Now (31 Aug 2014) my backup hard disk is full (the disk that store the backup), so I take out the backup hard disk that is already full and replace it with another empty disk (the disk that store the backup).

When I start with an empty disk (the disk that store the backup), usually I will create a new full backup and then scheduled incremental backup daily.

But I do not have time to do the full backup these days because full backup takes many hours.

Can I use the full image backup (created on 01 March 2014) and then scheduled incremental backup daily. (example: full image backup (01 March 2014), first scheduled incremental backup daily on 01 Sep 2014, second scheduled incremental backup daily on 02 Sep 2014, third scheduled incremental backup daily on 03 Sep 2014...)

Thanks a lot.

(using Acronis true image 11)


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03 Sep 2014   #2
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

You need to restore the Full backup and then the incrementals taken in the period until and including the most recent. The program should prompt you for the files.

I'm surprised though that even on OLD hardware a backup takes many hours -- Have you separated your OS on to its own partition separate from your data. I'd ALWAYS recommend having the OS and pgms on a separate partition or HD (like an SSD) and the rest of your data such as music etc spread out elsewhere.

Then your OS backup won't take long -- you would need at the most 30 mins - and for your DATA you could back up parts at different times - especially for things like Music files that I don't suppose change much apart from possibly adding new files.

Cheers
jimbo
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03 Sep 2014   #3
pcwin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

I have always separated the OS (C drive) on one disk and data (F drive) on another disk. The full backup consist of everything (OS and data)

You said "Then your OS backup won't take long -- you would need at the most 30 mins - and for your DATA you could back up parts at different times"
How do you separate the backup?

When setting up acronis backup, I setup with these settings at the create backup steps.
1 2014-09-03_1818 - castinfo's library
2 2014-09-03_1819 - castinfo's library
3 2014-09-03_1821 - castinfo's library

My first post above was not clearly written, I have edited it.
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