Incremental FTP Backup - How to Perform with Handy Backup

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Incremental FTP backup

Incremental FTP backup means creating new copies of FTP-located data when these data have changes between the previous copy. Along with full backup, differential (when only data changed in comparison with a full backup copy was saved for backup) and mirror backup, the incremental backup can be used with Handy Backup.

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Incremental Backup of FTP Content

Incremental Backup

Incremental FTP backup is actual when your FTP content (e.g. dynamic website content or the collection of FTP-stored docs) constantly but somewhat slightly changes on time. Implementation of incremental FTP backup instead of full backup allows to save most fresh versions of all changed files, taking as little time and storage space as possible.


Handy Backup allows to perform incremental FTP backup along with other backup methods. Data are stored in native format, requiring no special extraction to use it and information can be stored on wide range of media.


Incremental Backup Using FTP as Data Storage

Another type of incremental FTP backup using FTP server as data storage for incremental backup of other data. Handy Backup can store incremental backups to FTP as well as to other media including local hard disks or SSDs, USB external drives, NASes (network-attaching storages), private and commercial clouds, protected SFTP or FTPS, or dedicated backup cloud service.

How It Works

To perform incremental FTP backup, please do the following steps:

  1. Create a new backup task by pressing the button on the main control panel or by selecting "New task…" from main menu.
  2. Select a backup task type.
  3. On a Step 2, select "FTP" from the list of data sources. If you are have no ready FTP configurations, make one.
Configuration of the FTP plug-in: General
  1. Select data you want to backed up from your FTP source. Press "OK" to close FTP data selection.
Adding data of the FTP plug-in to backup set
  1. On the Step 3, choose the destination for your incremental FTP backup.
  2. On the Step 4, select the "Incremental" backup method.
Selecting type of backup and advanced settings
  1. Incremental backup can find differences between data versions based on such attributes as file size, creation time and modification time. To set up the parameters of data comparison, press the button "Change" next to the label "Compare files based on". Select comparison criteria in the window appearing.
Comparison Settings
  1. Set up other backup task parameters, such as scheduling the task, data compression and encryption, or running other utilities before or after the task. These steps are not specific for incremental FTP backup.

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To create incremental backup task using FTP as storage, follow the sequence described above, except selecting data for incremental backup (these data can be anything include another FTP server), and then on the Step 3 choose FTP as data storage. Other operations are performing exactly the same way as described before.

Selecting the FTP plug-in as destination

All about FTP Backup: Video Example

The next video will show how to make a common task for FTP backup. To turn it to incremental backup to FTP, please do the next things:

  1. Select an advanced task wizard mode on Step 1.
  2. On Step 4, select either "incremental" or "mixed incremental" backup.
  3. Set up incremental FTP backup parameters, as described earlier in this chapter.

Note: Incremental FTP backup for databases can be bulky and inefficient. It is still possible for special applications, but we are strongly recommending using differential backup for databases, instead of incremental backup to FTP servers!

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