Windows 10: What constitutes a Full backup in MR?

Discus and support What constitutes a Full backup in MR? in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; Here's a scenario... My C drive gets backed up daily using Incremental Forever method. After 30 incremental backups are formed I get the impression... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Corona, Dec 16, 2019.

  1. Corona Win User

    What constitutes a Full backup in MR?


    Here's a scenario...
    My C drive gets backed up daily using Incremental Forever method.
    After 30 incremental backups are formed I get the impression that these are somehow formed into a Full.
    Every new incremental (afterwards) are morphed into this Full, while getting rid of the oldest incremental within the new Full. Is that right??
    My line of logic sort of goes bananas around here.
    Then I eat ice cream and forget what I was thinking about.

    This task of first creating 30 incrementals before being incorporated into a full...is that rule bendable?
    I don't use my PC heavily enough to really warrant a daily tally. ie., it's not a workstation.
    For my C drive, I could see creating incrementals maybe twice a week. I'm not sure though.
    Who knows, maybe once a week is enough.
    How does one gauge what constitutes a necessary Daily incremental backup load? *Confused

    :)
     
    Corona, Dec 16, 2019
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  2. JMX
    jmx Win User

    Copy/Clone of HDD used for Windows Backups

    I use a 500 gb external HDD to store Windows backup files and System Images. I do a backup each morning. The 500gb external HDD stays connected to the computer and holds approximately 10 System Images in addition to the file backups


    A few days ago, I used Macrium Reflect (MR) to make a clone of my 500 gb backup HDD. I wanted a backup of the backup to keep in a drawer.


    Unfortunately, if I try to use the MR clone HDD to restore a System Image using Windows, Windows only lists the last System Image instead of the approximately 10 System Images that I know are on the cloned HDD. (Windows appears to be treating the cloned HDD like a network backup - listing only the last System Image).

    I have not used MR to make backups. If I start using MR for backups, will I be able to clone the MR backup HDD and then store it in a drawer. If the answer is yes, will I be able to select System Images off of the clone when I try to use MR to restore a System Image off of the cloned HDD?

    Thanks for any info or suggestions.
     
  3. Geekoid Win User
    Using network hard drive for backup

    It depends what sort of backup you want to do. If you're happy just backing up regular files, then there are a bazillion (really, that many!) different bits of freeware to do that. There is a good list here:

    Download Back Up Tools for Windows - MajorGeeks

    and pretty much all of them can do network backups. Some even have fancy options like encryption. Really, the most useful thing is just being able to schedule them and know they ran OK.

    You may also want to make a system image backup too, and you'll find that software in the very same list.

    I don't have Windows 8 as yet, so I'm afraid I can't suggest any for that platform. Personally, I use Clonezilla for image backups.
     
    Geekoid, Dec 16, 2019
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  4. cereberus Win User

    What constitutes a Full backup in MR?

    Copy/Clone of HDD used for Windows Backups

    Why on earth did you try to clone a drive that contains image backups?

    The image backups are compressed and all you had to do was to simply copy the backups from one drive to another using file explorer.
     
    cereberus, Dec 16, 2019
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