I don't get my daily differentials

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d4005
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I don't get my daily differentials

Post by d4005 » Sat Mar 02, 2024 4:34 am

I setup my R-Drive Image task to start on a Sunday morning with a full backup, do differentials each day for the next 6 days, and then on the next Sunday it's time for a new full backup and repeat. Each Saturday, after the last of the 6 differentials, I'll move the 7 files elsewhere so that the directory is empty and ready for the next day's backup.

This isn't what happened though. I got my full backup on the first Sunday and then promptly forgot about it, assuming each day I'd be getting my differentials. Today, at the time where I planned to move all 7 files, I see that I've only got one file - the original full backup. What did I do wrong? Windows 11, Machine is running every day at the scheduled time.

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Re: I don't get my daily differentials

Post by Alt » Mon Mar 04, 2024 10:19 am

Rotation scheme -> Full Image -> Every - this is the problem. Set it to 7. Execution schedule -> Day schedule -> Day 1.
The task should run every day, the first day a full image, then 6 day of differential images, then another full image, and so on.

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Re: I don't get my daily differentials

Post by d4005 » Wed Mar 06, 2024 12:40 pm

Thanks Alt, I've made the changes (I think) and will give it a week to see if it works :D

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Re: I don't get my daily differentials

Post by Alt » Wed Mar 06, 2024 2:33 pm

Don't forget to upgrade to the latest version: R-Drive Image 7.2.7200.

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Re: I don't get my daily differentials

Post by d4005 » Thu Mar 07, 2024 11:41 am

It worked for my first differential. I assume it'll continue as 1 full, 6 diffs, 1 full, 6 diffs and so on. Even if it doesn't, I'm happy with 1 full and 6 diffs because at that point after the 6th diff, I'm moving them all to an archive folder anyway. In this screenshot below you see that I got the full on the 3rd of march, got no differentials on the 4th, 5th, or 6th but then after making the suggested changes by Alt, I got one the next morning :D :D :D Thanks again.

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Re: I don't get my daily differentials

Post by Alt » Thu Mar 07, 2024 12:35 pm

Don't move the files, copy them. Let R-Drive Image do its job.

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Re: I don't get my daily differentials

Post by d4005 » Sun Mar 10, 2024 9:08 am

Alt wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2024 12:35 pm
Don't move the files, copy them. Let R-Drive Image do its job.
Yeah, I could do that but I move them offline to a normally-disconnected USB drive (air gap for ransomware reasons). I only need to keep one backup on the machine and can manage the number of older backups simply based on the external drive space available. I'm happy to manage them myself.

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Re: I don't get my daily differentials

Post by Alt » Mon Mar 11, 2024 10:56 am

d4005 wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2024 9:08 am
Alt wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2024 12:35 pm
Don't move the files, copy them. Let R-Drive Image do its job.
Yeah, I could do that but I move them offline to a normally-disconnected USB drive (air gap for ransomware reasons). I only need to keep one backup on the machine and can manage the number of older backups simply based on the external drive space available. I'm happy to manage them myself.
I recommend file deletion by R-Drive Image for its smooth operation.

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