MiniTool ShadowMaker is an advanced and latest backup software and solution provided by MiniTool Ltd. You can deal with different backup tasks with the software easily.
What is backup?
Backup refers to the process of making copies of data or data files to use in the event the original data or data files are lost or destroyed. Secondarily, a backup may refer to making copies for historical purposes, such as for longitudinal studies, statistics or for historical records or to meet the requirements of a data retention policy.
Many applications, especially in a Windows environment, produce backup files using the .BAK file extension.
MiniTool explains backup
Not all backup systems or backup applications are capable of completely restoring a computer system or other complex system configurations such as a database server, computer cluster or active directory servers.
Managing the backup process involves organization and is a complicated process. An unstructured backup may simply consist of a stack of floppy disks, CDs or DVDs.
However, it is obvious that security and ease of data recovery are both severely compromised.
Three Common Types of Backup
Backup types are vital to choosing the right backup strategy. In a nutshell, the most common types are full backup, incremental backup, and differential backup.
It is the most basic and complete type of backup operation. As its name implies, this type can make a copy of all the data including files, folders, settings, applications and more on the storage devices like hard drive, SSD, HDD etc.
If you choose a full backup as a default method, files and folders will be backed up again entirely in any subsequent backup operations. Then, many redundant data copies will be made.
Thus it can be seen that this backup type can take much disk space. Moreover, you will take longer to create a full backup than other types.
In most cases, a full backup will be made in combination with other types of backup, either incremental backup or differential backup.
It refers to backing up all the files that have changed since the last backup operation of any type of backup. For example, you create a full backup on Sunday.
Then, the incremental backup performed on Monday only backs up the changed files since Sunday. And, the incremental backup on Tuesday will back up the changed files since Monday…
Differential backup refers to backing up the only changed files since the last full backup. For instance, a full backup is created on Sunday and a differential backup on Monday will only back up the changed files since Sunday.
The differential backup on Tuesday will back up all files that have been changed since Monday and Tuesday…
Incremental VS Differential Backup
After learning some information about these three common types of backup, perhaps some of you are wondering: what's the difference between incremental and differential backup?
1. Both of them only back up the added or modified data. However, incremental backup is created based on the last backup (full backup or incremental backup).
A differential backup is made on the basis of the last full backup.
2. Incremental backup takes up less storage space and needs less time during the backup process.
3. Incremental backup takes a longer time to do a restoration than a differential backup.
4. For an incremental backup, a full backup and all incremental backups are essential for restoration. But, for the differential backup, only full backup and the last differential backup are needed for restoration.
MiniTool ShadowMaker - the Full Backup Solution
MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition is a piece of dedicated backup & restore software, MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition allows you to back up the system, partition, and entire disk, meanwhile, data compression is performed to save storage space. And it brings you the above three types of backup, enabling you to get your data protected well.
What's more, it allows enabling disk space management as long as you specify a backup scheme. If you want to get this free PC backup software for a try, you may just feel free to download it.
About MiniTool ShadowMaker
MiniTool ShadowMaker Free is an all-in-one system backup and data protection solution that can be used to back up system/disk/files/folders, to customize backup schedule, to manage disk space taken up by backup files, to create WinPE bootable media, to clone hard drive, and so on. MiniTool released the very first version - MiniTool ShadowMaker 1.0 in September 2017.
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