Incremental backup

An incremental backup is a backup in which only the files that have been modified since the last backup are copied. Cumulative backups and differential backups are different types of incremental backups.

Contrast with an archival backup, in which all files are backed up regardless of whether they have been modified since the last backup.

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Backup Software Glossary

Current glossary explains various terms that you may come across while working with Handy Backup or other backup software.

Handy Backup is a backup utility for Windows Servers and PCs that is famous for its flexibility and ease of use.

The glossary contains 219 terms. The current section Types of Backup contains 12 terms.

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