Backup strategies??

Posted: 11-20-2008, 01:01 AM
I have a 500GB backup disk to which I did a complete backup of my system
about 3 times now. Although I am not really running out of space, I
would like to keep the maximum number of backups to 3 or 4 with the
oldest being the most reliable backup.

How do I implement such backup procedure without using additional disk
space?

Thank you in advance for any help.

NJ

Backup strategies??


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Andre Da Costa
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Re: Backup strategies??
Posted: 11-20-2008, 01:46 AM
That's the default behavior, unless you choose to changes your computer name
every time you do a Complete PC Backup, you would be able to have multiple
Complete PC Backups of your computer.
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"Neil Jones" <castellan2004-nschap@remove-this.yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I have a 500GB backup disk to which I did a complete backup of my system
> about 3 times now. Although I am not really running out of space, I
> would like to keep the maximum number of backups to 3 or 4 with the
> oldest being the most reliable backup.
>
> How do I implement such backup procedure without using additional disk
> space?
>
> Thank you in advance for any help.
>
> NJ
FromTheRafters
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Posted: 11-20-2008, 01:55 AM

"Neil Jones" <castellan2004-nschap@remove-this.yahoo.com> wrote in message
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>I have a 500GB backup disk to which I did a complete backup of my system
> about 3 times now. Although I am not really running out of space, I
> would like to keep the maximum number of backups to 3 or 4 with the
> oldest being the most reliable backup.
>
> How do I implement such backup procedure without using additional disk
> space?
You don't. Each separate complete backup will require additional disk space.

Why not delete the first after you create the fifth - keeping four at all
times.


Neil Jones
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Posted: 11-20-2008, 02:19 AM
FromTheRafters wrote:
> "Neil Jones" <castellan2004-nschap@remove-this.yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:GF2Vk.22495$VN1.8781@newsfe02.iad...
>> I have a 500GB backup disk to which I did a complete backup of my system
>> about 3 times now. Although I am not really running out of space, I
>> would like to keep the maximum number of backups to 3 or 4 with the
>> oldest being the most reliable backup.
>>
>> How do I implement such backup procedure without using additional disk
>> space?
>
> You don't. Each separate complete backup will require additional disk space.
>
> Why not delete the first after you create the fifth - keeping four at all
> times.
>
>
How do you remove the first backup? That is what I am missing. When I
do a disk cleanup, all the backups are being deleted.

PS - The backup disk is an external disk and does not list all the
backups during the disk cleanup process.

Thank you again.

NJ
Richie Hardwick
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Re: Backup strategies??
Posted: 11-20-2008, 02:42 AM
Neil Jones <castellan2004-nschap@remove-this.yahoo.com> wrote:

>How do you remove the first backup? That is what I am missing. When I
>do a disk cleanup, all the backups are being deleted.
>
>PS - The backup disk is an external disk and does not list all the
>backups during the disk cleanup process.
If you don't want the entire drive to have backups, then partition it.

Using Vista's backup (which I think is a crappy backup solution), the
oldest will be deleted to make room for the new one.

If I am wrong, we both shall surely hear about it instantly.

Richie Hardwick
Andre Da Costa
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Posted: 11-20-2008, 02:45 AM
Vista's Complete PC Backup automatically does the removal of the oldest
backups.
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"Neil Jones" <castellan2004-nschap@remove-this.yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> FromTheRafters wrote:
>> "Neil Jones" <castellan2004-nschap@remove-this.yahoo.com> wrote in
>> message
>> news:GF2Vk.22495$VN1.8781@newsfe02.iad...
>>> I have a 500GB backup disk to which I did a complete backup of my system
>>> about 3 times now. Although I am not really running out of space, I
>>> would like to keep the maximum number of backups to 3 or 4 with the
>>> oldest being the most reliable backup.
>>>
>>> How do I implement such backup procedure without using additional disk
>>> space?
>>
>> You don't. Each separate complete backup will require additional disk
>> space.
>>
>> Why not delete the first after you create the fifth - keeping four at all
>> times.
>>
>>
>
> How do you remove the first backup? That is what I am missing. When I
> do a disk cleanup, all the backups are being deleted.
>
> PS - The backup disk is an external disk and does not list all the
> backups during the disk cleanup process.
>
> Thank you again.
>
> NJ
Neil Jones
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Re: Backup strategies??
Posted: 11-20-2008, 03:31 AM
Richie Hardwick wrote:
> Neil Jones <castellan2004-nschap@remove-this.yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>
>> How do you remove the first backup? That is what I am missing. When I
>> do a disk cleanup, all the backups are being deleted.
>>
>> PS - The backup disk is an external disk and does not list all the
>> backups during the disk cleanup process.
>
> If you don't want the entire drive to have backups, then partition it.
>
> Using Vista's backup (which I think is a crappy backup solution), the
> oldest will be deleted to make room for the new one.
>
> If I am wrong, we both shall surely hear about it instantly.
>
The Vista backup software seems to be ok. What other backup software is
there to create a complete backup of the system?

NJ
Neil Jones
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Re: Backup strategies??
Posted: 11-20-2008, 03:33 AM
Andre Da Costa wrote:
> Vista's Complete PC Backup automatically does the removal of the oldest
> backups.
Thank you for clarifying this. It makes sense now, why I could only see
one image when I was trying to restore the system.

NJ
Leythos
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Re: Backup strategies??
Posted: 11-20-2008, 03:43 AM
In article <GF2Vk.22495$VN1.8781@newsfe02.iad>, castellan2004-
nschap@remove-this.yahoo.com says...
> I have a 500GB backup disk to which I did a complete backup of my system
> about 3 times now. Although I am not really running out of space, I
> would like to keep the maximum number of backups to 3 or 4 with the
> oldest being the most reliable backup.
>
> How do I implement such backup procedure without using additional disk
> space?
>
> Thank you in advance for any help.
Create 3 separate backup jobs, each one should be set to OVERWRITE the
file name it creates.

So,

BU Job 1 writes to MONDAY.BKF
BU Job 2 writes to WEDNESDAY.BKF
BU Job 3 writes to FRIDAY.BKF

Since you set the jobs to overwrite, they will only maintain 3 jobs.

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Richie Hardwick
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Re: Backup strategies??
Posted: 11-20-2008, 04:59 AM
Neil Jones <castellan2004-nschap@remove-this.yahoo.com> wrote:
>Richie Hardwick wrote:
>> Neil Jones <castellan2004-nschap@remove-this.yahoo.com> wrote:
>>
>>
>>> How do you remove the first backup? That is what I am missing. When I
>>> do a disk cleanup, all the backups are being deleted.
>>>
>>> PS - The backup disk is an external disk and does not list all the
>>> backups during the disk cleanup process.
>>
>> If you don't want the entire drive to have backups, then partition it.
>>
>> Using Vista's backup (which I think is a crappy backup solution), the
>> oldest will be deleted to make room for the new one.
>>
>> If I am wrong, we both shall surely hear about it instantly.
>>
>
>The Vista backup software seems to be ok. What other backup software is
>there to create a complete backup of the system?
Acronis True Image is the most mentioned product. I've used it for
years, now.


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