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  1.    05 Jun 2017 #1
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    I am slightly confused about my backup plan and retention rules


    Hello, I am new to this website as Macrium directed me here as being a 'free Macrium support forum' so hello to all once again! I have Macrium Free version.

    I create images of my Seagate 2TB internal harddrive onto my Seagate 2TB external harddrive. Hopefully the image I have added provides viable informataion. (apologies for image size in this thread)
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    For the first time using Macrium free version, I created a 'Full' image on the 1st June. Straight after I create a 'Diffferential' just after the 'Full' was created. I then proceed to creating Differential images every day. (this was working the past few days)
    If I understand correctly, you cannot create a Differential image on the same day as a Full. Thats why you can probably see an error next to the full image (not sure how to fix this? Maybe I have to run the Full again?). I also received an error next to the Differential, but changing the plan days/restarting PC managed to fix then and I was able to successfully create the Differential just now.

    Now as I have a 2TB internal creating image onto my 2TB external, there will not be enough space for more than 2 images. I tried this last week and after another full image was created (now 2 in total) my external HD was 90% full. So hope you can advise what plan I should choose, when to run the images and how many days/weeks I should keep them.

    What I would like is to create a Differential everyday, and a Full image once a month. Or even better, a differential everyday apart from the day the Full image runs (as you cant do both on same day, even though I did just that the very first time I created both images). Hopefully this can be done?

    Apologies if I have gone on for too long, hopefully at the end of this I can have a much better understanding of my plan!
    Thank you
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  2.    05 Jun 2017 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
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    Hi, just a quick comment- we are volunteers- PC users- who use Windows 10. We strongly recommend disk imaging, and most regular contributors use Macrium. As such, this is peer support, nothing more - we have no ties to Macrium otherwise.
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  3.    05 Jun 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Hi, just a quick comment- we are volunteers- PC users- who use Windows 10. We strongly recommend disk imaging, and most regular contributors use Macrium. As such, this is peer support, nothing more - we have no ties to Macrium otherwise.
    Oh so this was the wrong place to post my question? Or you just mention that you are not related to Macrium at all? I just asked them if they have free forums where I can ask questions and get advice/help. My apologies

    Also yes, I have created disk image, just was confused with external hard drive imaging and best may to go about it
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  4.    05 Jun 2017 #4
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    You're very welcome to ask the question... and someone will surely help. I was simply explaining the focus of the forum and putting that into context. I'm delighted you're using disk imaging, as I often recommend it to posters.
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  5.    05 Jun 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    You're very welcome to ask the question... and someone will surely help. I was simply explaining the focus of the forum and putting that into context.
    Oh ok because I wasconfused for a sec haha. Thanks for clearing that up as I was going to find someone to also ask if this was a place to post such a question, but you have confirmed that for me
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  6.    05 Jun 2017 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by C0zzie View Post
    Oh ok because I wasconfused for a sec haha. Thanks for clearing that up as I was going to find someone to also ask if this was a place to post such a question, but you have confirmed that for me
    Official Macrium support is only available to users who buy a licence not the free version. Good job you asked here :-).
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  7.    05 Jun 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    Official Macrium support is only available to users who buy a licence not the free version. Good job you asked here :-).
    Ye I know, it kinda sucks and I think is somewhat unfair..but its their rules I guess . I am glad this Place is a 'free to ask' forum/community and hopefully I get my issue sorted. It also looks like this website is good for all issues?..sort of a variety website?
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  8.    05 Jun 2017 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by C0zzie View Post
    Ye I know, it kinda sucks and I think is somewhat unfair..but its their rules I guess . I am glad this Place is a 'free to ask' forum/community and hopefully I get my issue sorted. It also looks like this website is good for all issues?..sort of a variety website?
    Look in the tutorials section - you will not find a better resource in the world!
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  9.    05 Jun 2017 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    Look in the tutorials section - you will not find a better resource in the world!
    Yes straight away before I posted this I looked at the Macrium Tut, but I just wanted to get advise/an answer about a plan for my image backup, whilst taking into account my internal and external HD size and what I should do exactly.
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  10.    09 Jun 2017 #10
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    I probably should not bump as its only been 4 days. But I have a feeling that with the above comments accumulating to 8 in total, people might presume my question is probably answered, when all it is, is advice about posting :? sorry
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