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Here you can specify the frequency with which your selected data is backed up. You can also specify what type of backup should be run. The options are basically a full backup, where all the selected data is backed up in full, or a partial backup, where only the changes since the last backup are saved.

If you select Manual, the backup will not run automatically. Rather, it has to be specifically started by you via the program interface. Under Daily, you can use the Weekdays settings, for example, to specify that the computer should only carry out the tuning job on workdays or just every other day, or on weekends only, when it is not being used for work. You can also define weekly and monthly backups.

Do not run when in battery mode: To prevent a backup process from being suddenly interrupted by the notebook battery running out, you can specify that backups can only be run when the notebook is connected to the mains.

Run full backup

Under Run full backup, just enter how often, on which days, and at what time the backup should take place. A backup of all data that you selected under Select files/hard drives/partitions will now be made automatically according to the frequency you entered.

In the Delete older archives section you can define how to use the G DATA software with backups that already exist. The G DATA software archives your data to a separate file with the file extension ARC. Having existing backups that have not been overwritten naturally increases the security of your data since, in the event that the current archive should be corrupted, an older archive is available so you do not lose all the data. In general, however, archives require a lot of space on data carriers, so you should beware that you do not accumulate too many archive files. It is a good idea to set a maximum number of backups to store on your backup medium under retain full backups. The oldest archive will then be replaced by the current archive.

If you have checked the box next to Create partial backup(s), the software will only run partial backups following the first full backup. These are significantly faster when backing up, but it may take longer if they have to be used to restore a full backup. Another disadvantage of partial backups is the comparatively greater storage space requirement, as data in the full backup that is no longer required will not be directly deleted. However, after the next full backup, the full and partial backup datasets will be synchronised and the data volume will again be the same as for a full backup.

Run partial backups

Partial backups serve to speed up data security. Instead of using all data for a backup, a partial backup adds to an existing full backup and only backs up data that has changed since the last full backup. This way you still get a complete backup of your data set, but the backup process itself is significantly faster.

Differential / Incremental: With a differential backup all data that has been added or modified since the last full backup is saved. It is always added to the last full backup. This saves time and storage space compared to a new full backup. An incremental backup goes one stage further and backs up files that have been modified between one partial backup and another. The disadvantage of this is that multiple archives are required for a restore.

Warning: Scheduled backups do not work with CD-ROMs or DVD-ROMs since user intervention may be required for changing a blank disk.
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