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  1. 250GB external HD - Acronis and growing file collection

    Hello...
    I am running Acronis TI V11 here on my home setup. Did a full HD
    backup of my C drive, creating a disk image on a 2nd HD. A one off
    copy of my system (which in the past has gotten me out of trouble
    easily and quickly).

    Now as an experiment I have attached a 250GB external HD (Hawkings
    unit) which is networked to my system.

    I have created another image on this of my C drive. Now I have two
    disk images of a sweetly running WinXP pro system.

    I then wanted Acronis to backup nightly my C drive, so I could always
    restore my system with a very recent backup (instead of one a few
    weeks old)

    At this point I am not too sure if I went for an incremental backup
    or a differential one!

    Well besides the original backup I now have 8 (and growing nightly)
    backups, and quite large files (from 200 MB files to 6 GB ones), at
    this rate my 250 MB external HD will be full fairly quickly.

    I was hoping that Acronis, besides creating the original backup, would
    then produce another backup file that would be altered on a nightly
    basis, instead of creating a fresh file each night.

    I take it either my expectations were wrong, or I have not chosen the
    correct backup procedure... or does it not work like this?

    Thanks

  2. Re: 250GB external HD - Acronis and growing file collection

    alo wrote:
    > Hello...
    > I am running Acronis TI V11 here on my home setup. Did a full HD
    > backup of my C drive, creating a disk image on a 2nd HD. A one off
    > copy of my system (which in the past has gotten me out of trouble
    > easily and quickly).
    >
    > Now as an experiment I have attached a 250GB external HD (Hawkings
    > unit) which is networked to my system.
    >
    > I have created another image on this of my C drive. Now I have two
    > disk images of a sweetly running WinXP pro system.
    >
    > I then wanted Acronis to backup nightly my C drive, so I could always
    > restore my system with a very recent backup (instead of one a few
    > weeks old)
    >
    > At this point I am not too sure if I went for an incremental backup
    > or a differential one!
    >
    > Well besides the original backup I now have 8 (and growing nightly)
    > backups, and quite large files (from 200 MB files to 6 GB ones), at
    > this rate my 250 MB external HD will be full fairly quickly.
    >
    > I was hoping that Acronis, besides creating the original backup, would
    > then produce another backup file that would be altered on a nightly
    > basis, instead of creating a fresh file each night.


    Nope, that type of backup does create separate files, essentially so
    you can restore from any level of the backup. That can be handy at
    times when you cant be sure when a problem developed in the system
    being backed up and you want to try the various backups to see when
    the problem was introduced to the system being backed up.

    > I take it either my expectations were wrong, or
    > I have not chosen the correct backup procedure...


    Yes, you should have told it to do a full backup every day to get the result you want.

    > or does it not work like this?


    That is correct, it doesnt do what you want, by design.



  3. Re: 250GB external HD - Acronis and growing file collection

    On Sat, 1 Mar 2008 06:02:13 +1100, "Rod Speed"
    wrote:


    >
    >Nope, that type of backup does create separate files, essentially so
    >you can restore from any level of the backup. That can be handy at
    >times when you cant be sure when a problem developed in the system
    >being backed up and you want to try the various backups to see when
    >the problem was introduced to the system being backed up.
    >
    >> I take it either my expectations were wrong, or
    >> I have not chosen the correct backup procedure...

    >
    >Yes, you should have told it to do a full backup every day to get the result you want.
    >
    >> or does it not work like this?

    >
    >That is correct, it doesnt do what you want, by design.
    >



    Well a full backup is what I want then...... Thanks

  4. Re: 250GB external HD - Acronis and growing file collection

    On Fri, 29 Feb 2008 06:03:28 GMT, alo wrote:

    > Hello...
    > I am running Acronis TI V11 here on my home setup. Did a full HD
    > backup of my C drive, creating a disk image on a 2nd HD. A one off
    > copy of my system (which in the past has gotten me out of trouble
    > easily and quickly).
    >
    > Now as an experiment I have attached a 250GB external HD (Hawkings
    > unit) which is networked to my system.
    >
    > I have created another image on this of my C drive. Now I have two
    > disk images of a sweetly running WinXP pro system.
    >
    > I then wanted Acronis to backup nightly my C drive, so I could always
    > restore my system with a very recent backup (instead of one a few
    > weeks old)
    >
    > At this point I am not too sure if I went for an incremental backup
    > or a differential one!
    >
    > Well besides the original backup I now have 8 (and growing nightly)
    > backups, and quite large files (from 200 MB files to 6 GB ones), at
    > this rate my 250 MB external HD will be full fairly quickly.
    >
    > I was hoping that Acronis, besides creating the original backup, would
    > then produce another backup file that would be altered on a nightly
    > basis, instead of creating a fresh file each night.
    >
    > I take it either my expectations were wrong, or I have not chosen the
    > correct backup procedure... or does it not work like this?


    To overcome the problem of backups quickly filling the backup drive you
    can define what Acronis TI refers to as a 'backup location' and specify
    quota rules in terms of backup size and/or number of backups. You then
    create your scheduled backup task and specify the backup location as the
    destination. Acronis TI will manage the date/time-based naming of backup
    files and enforce the quota rules each time it runs the backup task,
    thereby managing the storage area for you automatically.

    For example, define a backup location with a quota of three backups.
    Schedule a daily full backup to that location. From day 4 onwards you will
    have 3 generations of backups maintained automatically on a rolling basis.

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