Backup 101: Incremental vs differential vs synthetic full backup

Backup methods pros and cons: Full, incremental, differential, synthetic full, incremental forever, and reverse incremental. We set out the advantages and drawbacks of each But traditional backup, where copies of data or changes to data are made at regular intervals, is still very much a mainstream approach to data protection. Here we run through the main backup types available – full, differential, incremental, and hybrids created from these such as synthetic and incremental-forever – and where appropriate discuss their pros and cons. Full backup This is the most fundamental type of…

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