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  1.    03 Apr 2018 #11

    The initial full backup and the incrementals have to be linked (with code of some sort). If the link breaks down, so, too, does the restore. That code has nothing to do with the backup drive. Why did you switch to just using full backups?
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       03 Apr 2018 #12

    The drive I back up too is fast for a "backup" HDD. Takes less than 6 min for my data drive and less than 2 for my SSD. I just figured it would be easier to have 1 backup to go from. My data drive only gets updated when I save something new, which is not often. My SSD, I keep a clean image with Win10 and every program all setup ready to go saved alone. I backup the SSD before making any installs that could leave a mess behind after removal or bork my system. One current SSD image AND the clean one is enough for me.
    Last edited by Access Denied; 04 Apr 2018 at 08:53.
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  3. Clintlgm's Avatar
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    Win 10 pro Upgraded from 8.1
       03 Apr 2018 #13

    IN the end, we all come up with a backup scheme that we like and feel keeps us safe. Macrium has been a very reliable program for all of us for several years now. Try a few ways till you find one you feel safe with. Remeber you backup are only as good as the media they are stored on. I switch out hard drive at the first sign of any issues their cheap insurance.

    As to the title of your thread, I did link you to Macrium Reflect website KB they also have a forum
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  4.    04 Apr 2018 #14

    Nisko said: View Post
    Thank you all!!! Oh, BTW, what is the reliability of all the incrementals staying attached to the full backup when it comes time to do a restore? Many years ago, I had an issue like this happen to me. If only one incremental (or differential) gets corrupted, you're SOL!!! Any comments on this?
    Hi, Nisko.

    To hedge against falling victim to one incremental in a string of many being a weak link, I do my GFS backup scheme as follows:

    • First Monday every month do a full backup
    • Every Saturday do a differential backup
    • Every day do an incremental backup

    Retention policy - retain 7 incrementals, retain differentials for 13 weeks, retain all full backups and migrate the oldest ones (about a year old) to archival storage. My 4 TB external storage drive has plenty of room to hold the last year's images.

    Of course, you see that the granularity of available restores begins to be reduced after a week has passed (begin deleting incrementals) and then reduces further after 13 weeks (begin deleting differentials). However, this serves my needs.

    You could try variations of the above that suit your needs.
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  5.    04 Apr 2018 #15

    Thank you for your backup plan. What do you mean by "the GRANULARITY of available restores?" Oh, and what does GFS backup scheme mean? I'm not so good with abbreviations.
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  6.    04 Apr 2018 #16

    Nisko said: View Post
    Thank you for your backup plan. What do you mean by "the GRANULARITY of available restores?" Oh, and what does GFS backup scheme mean? I'm not so good with abbreviations.
    By "granularity" of available restores, I mean you have more choices, i.e., more frequent times to restore a backup from (incrementals often being most recent) in the last 7 days of backup scheme I described. Beyond 7 days, you have only fulls and differential restores to choose from, so the "granularity" of choices is reduced to only the weekly differentials at best. Beyond 13 weeks (in my case), you only have full backups to restore from, i.e., the "granularity" of choices is reduced to monthly full backups to restore from. I hope that's clearer.

    GFS is just an abbreviation of "Grandfather Father Son" - it's one of the backup plan templates available to you (see Item 1. on the page you asked about in post # 7) in the dropdown list (click downward pointing triangle). The template name could just as well been "Full Differential Incremental" but I guess they went with the (admittedly gender specific / sexist ?) metaphor of human male generational relationships to be more descriptive.
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  7.    04 Apr 2018 #17

    Got it - thanks for the explanations.
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