Scheduling an Incremental Backup

Pro version of Active@ Disk Image supports creation of incremental backup as a scheduled task. When you create a new task the first wizard dialog you see is selecting a backup type.

Choose a Backup Type

To create an incremental backup, select Incremental backup. The logic behind creating a scheduled incremental backup is slightly different from the one for manual backup. Here you won't be prompted for choosing a base image. The following schema is used in creating/naming incremental backups. The first created backup will be a full backup. Next, up to specified maximum incremental backups will be created. Then, again a full backup and a series of incremental backups will follow.

For example, if the backup location is C:\Backups and backup name is DiskImage and maximum of incremental backups is 3, the following backups will be created:

C:\Backups\DiskImage\Backup-2010-01-01 (full backup)
C:\Backups\DiskImage\Backup-2010-01-01\Incr-2010-01-02 (1st incremental backup)
C:\Backups\DiskImage\Backup-2010-01-01\Incr-2010-01-03 (2nd incremental backup)
C:\Backups\DiskImage\Backup-2010-01-01\Incr-2010-01-04 (3rd incremental backup)
C:\Backups\DiskImage\Backup-2010-01-05 (full backup)
C:\Backups\DiskImage\Backup-2010-01-05\Incr-2010-01-06 (1st incremental backup)
C:\Backups\DiskImage\Backup-2010-01-05\Incr-2010-01-07 (2nd incremental backup)
C:\Backups\DiskImage\Backup-2010-01-05\Incr-2010-01-08 (3rd incremental backup)
etc.

The limitation of number of incremental backups in a series is necessary to cap the dependency on previous backups, i.e. if the backup you need to restore is a 3rd incremental backup, you will need all three incremental backups and a full backup to get the data. The longer the chain of incremental backups, the higher number of files to worry about and potential risk of corruption, so it's best to keep it reasonably short, say under 10 backups.

Maximum incremental backups

Keep in mind, that "Number of previous backups to keep" counts only full backups, not incremental when deleting old backups.