Incremental backup

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Can I perform incremental backup without having initial full backup?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Take a full backup about once a month, then you can do incremental backups every day. A full backup and the incremental are both together called backup set. You can keep two backup sets for safety. Set 1 is for current one & second one is for before month's full backup.
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  • srithea

    Hi Subhendu, and thanks for your response,

    What does it mean by "You can keep two backup sets for safety. Set 1 is for current one & second one is for before month's full backup."?

    I would assume that the oldest data I can restore is only the 2 months ago. correct?

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Yes, you can have two months ago backup. This is just for your understandings. Set 1 is an example that you can keep current month's backup in a safe device & set 2 meant, can keep previous month's backup (full) in an another safe storage device or whatever your procedure to take backup process. However, according to your thoughts, it is also fine.
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  • srithea

    Thanks Subhendu,

    It's just for my understanding clarification. since I have read some articles about backup, and example there, it always illustrates the combination of full backup & incremental backup or full backup & differential back. That makes me wonder why can't they go without the combination.

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  • CharlieBrowne
    You have to keep the full backup and the incremental, because the incremental will only contain changes since the last full backup.
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  • srithea

    Thanks CharlieBrowne. I could understand the whole concept of full and incremental backup now. :)

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  • Subhendu Sen
    You are most welcome. Hope these discussions help you a lot.
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