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Full Backup

Full backup means copying of an entire dataset every time the backup process performed, instead of backing up just new or changed data in this dataset. This type of backup consumes highest amounts of both time and space, although it is also the most convenient and reliable backup type. Handy Backup allows to perform full backup of any data type existed!

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It is to be mentioned that every other type of backup (i.e. differential, incremental backup and mixed backup), working with renewed or new data only, uses full backup as the first data-saving operation, to create the basic data copy which is changed when next backups take place.



The Principle of Full Backup


As described before, the full backup is the technique of copying any data entirely to a last bit every time the full backup task executes. No means that some data have not any changes after the last full backup session; new copy includes all of these data without restrictions.

This straightforward approach has some obvious advantages, as well as restrictions and problems.

  • Pros: Full backup copies all data from the backup set to the new fresh copy without any restrictions; this fact can assure that all the files and other data will be saved to the copy.
  • Contras: Full backup consumes much time and space, especially if some full data copies being kept together on the same storage media. These facts may slowing the backup process and creating problems with the storage space available.


We recommend to schedule every single backup task to the time when the main amount of jobs performed by the computer operating with backups are done or idle, e.g. at the end of the week or just by night. Try also to be sure that your storage media can hold a new full backup.

Backup Scheduling

Note: Handy Backup stores all data backed up in native formats to these data, if other data-keeping options (e.g., compression or encryption) are not specified for the backup task. If you have a strong need to save some storage space, please use the data compression for full backups.

A Note about Mixed Backup

The mixed full and differential backup will create a chain of continuous backups. Always starting with a full backup, it when creates a number of differential backups, controlled by a time or by a pre-defined chain length. When a chain reaches an end, all process of mixed backup repeats again.



Types of Full Backup


Handy Backup can back up fully any type of data existed. Therefore, full backup tasks can be useful for any dataset or source option. Some of these options will be explained below.


Windows Full Backup

Windows Full Backup

If a user wants to perform full Windows backup, the key consideration is to provide enough space to save the system image. Handy Backup is the excellent Windows full backup software, allowing you creating the system disk image, a perfect and bootable copy of your Windows.

  • Windows 10 full backup. Windows 10 contains many features, functions and settings, so it is a must to save copies of important data. Handy Backup is able to greatly expand Windows 10 backup and restore capabilities.
  • Windows 8 full backup. Handy Backup has a set of tools to perform full backup of all system files used by Windows 8, as well as to create the logical-level copy of disk image. This allows Handy Backup not to expect troubles with intrinsic Windows 8 internal files.
  • Windows 7 full backup. The mainstay of Windows-based computers operates today under Windows 7. Handy Backup can perform full backup for not only an entire image of the system but also for Windows libraries, registry and other crucial Windows components.
  • Windows XP backup. As the Windows XP considered obsolete for now, backing up this system may be useful for those linked to this system by some reasons, or for safe upgrade. In both cases, Handy Backup provides full backup of Windows XP system image and data.



Full Disk Backup of Other Types


  • Full PC backup. This is a task slightly different from backing up Windows. To do it, just select all the PC’s logical drives to make a disk image backup, and choose the option of full backup.
  • Linux full backup. You can back up Linux drives fully as data drives connected to your PC, as Handy Backup is not a Linux software. However, Handy Backup Disaster Recovery utility (HBDR) can create a bootable full backup of Linux drive image.
  • Full disk backup for data drives. Users can back up any non-system disk by Handy Backup as the perfect drive image, and then restore this image to a location needed.



Full Database Backup

Full Database Backup

Any type of database, SQL or non-SQL, can be copied to make a perfect snapshot with database backup. Some details of backup operations varies at the level of program, but for users of Handy Backup all these actions can be set and performed identically.

  • MySQL full backup. Create the configuration to access your MySQL database before performing the full backup of any selected MySQL data.
  • MS SQL server full backup. Perhaps the simplest database backup operation to create; just select the data needed among the MS SQL database content.
  • Oracle backup. Oracle backup operates through RMAN, the dedicated Oracle backup utility. It allows Handy Backup using the internal Oracle API, to create fast and stable backups.
  • Other databases backup. Most databases requiring setting the configuration to access the database content.

Any Type of Database to Backup

Note: Some databases having no dedicated Handy Backup data option uses the Database data source, and require an ODBC driver of an appropriate type to access full backup.




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Other Full Backup Applications

As mentioned earlier, any type of data can be backed up fully. Let us look at some of these data types, to select the most valuable applications of full backup technique.

  • Exchange full backup. Microsoft Exchange is the biggest enterprise-level message service available for now, and the full backup Exchange database can save a lot of time and money related to business messages data.
  • Full backup of user files and folders. Although it is a technique requiring the biggest resources for performing, the full backup of user data guarantees users from any data loss. The versatility of Handy Backup allows users to select an exact dataset for full backup.


How to Use Full Backup with Handy Backup


Selecting the full backup option is a simplest thing to be done. To apply the full backup for any of your data, please use the following sequence of actions.

  1. Open Handy Backup and create a new task by using the main or context menu item or just by pressing Ctrl+N. Select a backup task on the Step 1.
  2. On the Step 2, select any data types you want to back up with this particular task.
  3. Then select the backup destination on the Step 3. Please make sure this destination has enough size to house your full backups.
  4. On the Step 4, select the “Full backup” type, as seen on the picture.

Select full backup type

Note: The full backup option allows storing versioned backups. Please read the User Manual for detailed instructions if you feel the need for creating versioned backup.

  1. Set up other backup task parameters you feel right, as described in the User Manual for creating backup tasks. These steps are not specific to full backup.
  2. Give your task a name, and finish the task creation. Your full backup task is ready to run.


Handy Backup - Full-featured Utility for PC Backup


You can use the full backup technique any time you feel the size of backup copies and the time consumed to backup are not too great. The full backup is the backbone of any data saving strategy, so Handy Backup allows you to implement this technique for any data and without any effort.

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See also: Granular backup

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