Making Backup with Time Stamp
Backup Software / Features / Timestamp Backup
Handy Backup allows performing backing up data using time stamps. The time stamp is a descriptor that defines the exact date and time of creating a particular backup. When enabling this option, Handy Backup generates this descriptor automatically in the directory name.
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This technique has some significant advantages allowing user doing one or both of the things:
Note: Starting from version 7.5.3, you can apply time-stamping backup for any task created in previous versions under the major revision of 7.x.x. Just set up version 7.5.3 over the previous version 7 software.
Performing backup with time stamp user can automate the control over different backup copies, allowing external software selecting and using just copies with appropriate time stamps. This allows user to merge the processing of time-stamped copies with some particular workflow.
Time stamp backup make it transparent when saving a particular copy of data. User can extract contemporary data from just this copy, e.g. to return the time-specific version of data or to find the last error-free information.
This function grants user complete control over time if matters touch backups. Grabbing the particular backup with timestamp, user can restore it manually or through the restoration task. This can be useful when, say, the information in last backup may be corrupt.
Versions of database content tends to change almost for every minute or faster. Sometimes, you need to restore a particular condition of database from backup; the timestamp can help in this task, drastically reducing overall time for finding the information just needed.
When a user backup file with a date-time stamp, the name of the resulting backup directory has the following format:[
Full and incremental backups can be versioned or not. Differential backups are always versioned.
The program always save a history of backup versions in files called “Backup History.xml”. You can find these files in backup storage directories along with folders containing backup copies.
Creating time stamp backup is easy. Just mark the checkbox called “Store versioned backups” on the Step 4. This makes the button “Versions rotation settings” active; clicking on it, you can specify all the parameters of backup with time stamp.
A new dialog will open. You will need a time stamp section of this dialog, located in a lower part.
Let us explain the parameters:
After choosing both parameters, click OK to return to Step 4 window.
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As mentioned above, backup with time stamp creates a folder with the name containing date and time of creating, along with version number. It is a simple task to find the particular time-based information using these names.
As Handy Backup stores backup copies in their native formats, requiring no special restoration procedure to use backup data, you can extract the necessary information from backup copies automatically or manually and use it as needed.
Other way is to specify the time stamp backup copy as the data source for the restoration task, automating returning of data from the particular time. It can be also helpful for restoring database backup with time stamp.
The timestamp backup data technique is quite different for different types of information. Do not take too many copies with too small intervals between, as it can spoil your storage or fill it with garbage. In addition, each backup will take time, and multiple time-stamped backups are always time-consuming.
Question (Q): Which version of Handy Backup allows backup with time stamp?
Answer (A): Time stamps are available from the version 7.5.3.
Q: Can I change the format of time stamps?
A: Version 7.5.3 supports only one format of time stamp backup. If you can feel you need time stamps in other formats please tell us about it sending us E-mail at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us using social networks. We are always glad to add your ideas and needs for the functionality of our product.
Q: Can I add or remove time stamps using existing tasks?
A: You can always add time stamps for any task created without these stamps. Removing time stamps is impossible for now.
Q: What is the number preceding the time stamp in the folder name?
A: This is a serial number of backup copy, an important part of time stamp engine. Many users need it for automation some actions with time-stamped copies.
Q: Can I remove these serial number marks?
A: Of course. If you are want to remove serial number from time stamp, please run the script doing this action after completing the backup task. The script can be obtained via E-mail (see our contacts above). Also you can write your own script; this can be highly evaluated both by our developing team and by many users throughout the world.
See also Handy Backup Whitepaper: Versioned Backup
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