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What is the difference between a Full, Differential and Incremental backup?
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A Full Backup is a complete backup of all files on the designated hard drive.

An Incremental Backup is a backup of all changed files since the last Full or Incremental backup. For example:

  • Friday - Full Backup
  • Monday - All changed files since Friday
  • Tuesday - All changed files since Monday

A Differential Backup is a backup of all changed files since the last Full Backup. For example:

  • Friday - Full Backup
  • Monday - All changed files since Friday
  • Tuesday - All changed files since Friday, including Monday's changed files


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