Incremental Backup Software

Incremental backup is the technique of data backup allowing saving much time and space, because the only data backed up from the particular dataset is the information changed somehow after the previous incremental backup.

Incremental Backup

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Handy Backup allows you to organize incremental backup of any data type existed, fully automating the process of taking incremental snapshots. You can also restore incremental backup any time after taking it, using the incremental restoration tasks controlled by Handy Backup.

What Is Incremental Backup?



What Is Incremental Backup?

The essential property of incremental backup is an ability to save only data changed after the last incremental backup. This is a difference between the incremental backup and full backup (copying all data from the dataset), or differential backup (copying all data changed after the full backup).

For example, if about 2,000 files has been kept on a particular folder and after the last backup only three of them were changed, incremental backup will create a copy of only these three files. This backup is an increment to overall backup keeping all the files as a basic copy.

Handy Backup as Incremental Backup Software


Users can copy all files needed to full backup manually, but to organize an effective incremental backup the dedicated tool is only a way preventing time and efforts wasted. Specialized backup software, such as Handy Backup, allows you organizing incremental backup of any data.

Let us explain some types of incremental automatic backup by Handy Backup, to show the advantages, methods and properties of such backup type in these cases. Note that some data types can emerge big arrays of changes, making incremental backups somewhat bigger than expected!



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Windows Incremental Backup

Incremental backup for Windows can be organized for any type of information, including Windows libraries, user folders, registry or any other files. Compared to built-in Windows 7 incremental backup, Handy Backup allows much more flexibility and control.

Incremental backup of files and folders

Incremental backup of files and folders
Any Windows file or folder, i.e. any data existed as the part of standard file system, can be copied to backup incrementally. This is also true for Linux data on remote machines (see below).

System drive incremental backup
Due to regular changes of system drive content, the size of incremental system backup can approach to the size of full backup. Therefore, incremental system drive backup is recommended for only non-frequently used systems.

System drive incremental backup
Linux incremental backup

Linux incremental backup
For network editions of Handy Backup, Linux files, folders and some databases can be backed up incrementally. It is also possible to back up Linux system drives incrementally. (Please see the consideration about Windows drives above).

Data drives incremental backup
You can organize incremental backup of non-system drives under Windows using the Disk Image feature. However, the maximum economy of time and space may be achieved with incremental backup of frequently changed data only

Data drives incremental backup

Incremental Database Backup

Database Backup

Backing up databases incrementally can be a tricky process, due to a big amount of changes and transactions existing in almost every actively used database. To organize the regular incremental backup of databases, user often must provide enough space to keep these backups.


Note: To achieve much greater economy of backup time and space used for copies, we recommend using the differential backup technique and some data rotation schemes instead of straight and plain incremental backup.

  • Incremental MySQL backup. MySQL databases must be configured to connection before the first incremental backup. After the connection was established, Handy Backup can save any MySQL data automatically in incremental mode.
  • Incremental MSSQL backup. To back up Microsoft SQL Server, all you need is an access to database. Therefore, MSSQL incremental backup with Handy Backup contains absolutely no tricks or extra efforts.
  • Incremental Oracle backup. Handy Backup uses Oracle native backup utility called RMAN to access all the options of Oracle application interface, including the effective and fast incremental backup.
  • Incremental PostgreSQL backup. This action has up to no differences with incremental backup of MySQL server data. It is also true for operations with another widely disposed SQL engine, DB2 incremental backup.
  • Incremental Exchange backup. Although not a database by dedication, Microsoft Exchange server instances can keep a lot of messaging data. Handy Backup can organize incremental backup of Exchange via the dedicated data source feature.
  • Incremental backup of other databases. Any other database, SQL or non-SQL, can be backed up incrementally. Some of these databases, accessed by Handy Backup only by Database option, must have an appropriate ODBC driver to allow incremental backup of content.
Incremental Database Backup

Incremental Backup of External Storage Media

Using Handy Backup, you can save copies of data kept on off-site storages, such as FTP servers or commercial clouds, incrementally. Let us show you some examples of this approach.

FTP incremental backup
With this option user can incrementally backup website content or data via FTP, SFTP or FTPS protocols fully supported by Handy Backup.

Google Drive incremental backup
Save your time and space with incremental backup to Google Drive, Amazon S3 or other popular commercial cloud account.

External drive incremental backup
You can organize an incremental backup to and from an external drive, just the same way as for a local device incremental backup.

Incremental Backup of External Storage Media: FTP, SFTP, Cloud service and other

How to Do Incremental Backup Using Handy Backup?

The technique is simple and fast. To apply incremental backup to your data backup task, please follow the next steps.

  1. Open Handy Backup. Select a new task by pressing Ctrl+N or by clicking on the new task button located on the management panel. Select a backup task at the Step 1.
  2. Choose data you plan to save at the Step 2. Consider if you can take serious advantages if you will back up these data incrementally.
  3. On the Step 3, select a destination for your data. Assure that the destination contains enough space for multiple incremental backups.
  4. Proceed to Step 4 and select the “Incremental backup” type among the options above.

Incremental Backup Using Handy Backup

Note: You can select the versioned backup option for incremental backup, but cannot choose the exact amount of copies being kept. Incremental versioned backup will keep all the copies of your dataset simultaneously.

  1. Then set up any other parameters of your backup task. These steps are not specific to incremental backup technique. You can read about all these steps in the User Manual.
  2. Name task and finish task creation wizard. Your incremental backup task is now ready to run.

Try Handy Backup!

Handy Backup is a powerful tool allowing automated incremental backup of any information type. For best results providing time, space and effort economy with the incremental backup technique, datasets with only a moderate amount of constantly changing components are ideal.

Restoring incremental backup data using Handy Backup is not an arduous task, as well as organizing incremental restoration of changed data itself. Moreover, Handy Backup uses the native data formats by default for any backup, allowing accessing to incremental backup data directly.

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To learn more about incremental backup software and backup with timestamps, please refer to Step 4: Advanced Backup Settings in the User Manual.


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