Which Backup Modes to use
The ABE offers you three backup modes:
- Full: All files that match your selection are included into the backup.
- Incremental: Only those files will be included which have been changed since
the last backup.
- Differential: Only those files will be included which have been changed since
the last FULL backup.
We suggest you to choose one of the following three approaches of using the Backup
- "Always Full" - every time you back up all project's included
files, whether some of them were changed or not. This approach is good when the project
includes not so large amounts of data.
- "Full+Incremental" - you create a full backup relatively
seldom: once a month, or once a week, or on achieving some important point in your work.
All other backups you create with Incremental mode, getting backed up only files changed
since the last backup (whatever its mode was). This approach is good when the project
includes too many files to back up them all each time. It's fast and takes less time for
incremental backups. Incremental backups take less disk space. It allows you to create
backups frequently. However, to restore all the files, you have to restore the last full
backup, and all the following incremental backups.
- "Full+Differential" - is intermediate between the first two
approaches. It is also good when the conditions are intermediate. Each differential backup
includes all the project files changed since the last full backup. It takes less time and
space than "Always Full", but more than "Full+Incremental". The good
thing is that restoring is simpler than for (2) - you'll have to restore the last full
backup and the last differential backup.
You can choose any approach for each of your projects according to their size and
frequency of file modifications. E.g. if almost all the included files appear changed
before an incremental backup starts, the incremental backup will be almost of the same
size as a full backup would be. If so, let it be "Always Full" to simplify the restoring.
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