Web Edition (x86), Web Edition (x64), Standard (x86-32bit), Standard (x64-64bit), Itanium, Enterprise (x86-32bit), Enterprise (x64-64bit), DataCenter (x86-32bit), DataCenter (x64-64bit)
Server SP4, Professional SP4, Advanced Server SP4
Pro 5.1 SP2, Home 5.1 SP2
Windows Small Business Server
Ultimate (x86) 6.0.6000, Ultimate (x64) 6.0.6000, Home Premium (x86) 6.0.6000, Home Premium (x64) 6.0.6000, Home Basic (x86) 6.0.6000, Home Basic (x64) 6.0.6000, Enterprise 6.0.6000, Business (x86) 6.0.6000, Business (x64) 6.0.6000
Windows Server 2003
Web Server, Web Edition SP2, Web Edition SP1, Storage Server SP2, Storage Server SP1, Storage Server, Standard Server(x64), Standard Server SP2 (x64), Standard Server SP2, Standard Server SP1 (x64), Standard Server SP1, Standard Server, Enterprise SP2(x64), Enterprise SP2, Enterprise SP1(x64), Enterprise SP1(IA64), Enterprise ServerSP1, Enterprise Server, Enterprise (x64), Enterprise (IA64), Datacenter SP2(x64), DataCenter SP2, DataCenter SP1(x64), DataCenter SP1(IA64), DataCenter SP1, DataCenter (x64), DataCenter (IA64), DataCenter
Windows Small Business Server 2003
Standard Edition SP2, Standard Edition SP1, Standard Edition R2, Standard Edition, Premium Edition SP1, Premium Edition
The following table describes the advantages and disadvantages of scheduled independent recovery points or recovery point sets as part of your backup job.
Warning: The full recovery point and all associated incremental recovery points that make up the recovery point set must be kept together in the same folder. If files are missing, the recovery point becomes invalid and you cannot restore the data.
Table: Types of scheduled recovery points
Advantages and disadvantages
Recovery point set
A recovery point set is the same as an Independent recovery point except that it has incremental tracking enabled for the selected drive.
Creates a base recovery point with additional recovery points saving only the hard disk sectors that have changed since the creation of the base recovery point or the previous incremental recovery point.
Incremental recovery points are created faster than the first (base) recovery point and use less storage space than an independent recovery point.
Recovery point sets are ideal when you combine them with a schedule.
If you use recovery point sets to protect a hard drive, when you restore to a given point in time, the full recovery point plus all the incrementals up to that point in time are used for the restore.
For example, suppose you have a full recovery point with eight incremental recovery points. You decide to restore to the point in time of the fourth incremental. When you restore, the full recovery point and the first four incrementals are used to restore the computer.
You can free hard drive space by deleting outdated recovery points and incremental recovery points.
When you create a recovery point set, if you select a hidden drive (partition) and a non-hidden partition in the same backup, the hidden partition is backed up when a full recovery point is specified. No incremental recovery points are created.
If Recovery point set option is disabled, it is because you have already assigned a selected drive to an existing backup job. And, you have specified Recovery point set as the recovery point type. You can only have one recovery point set defined for each drive. Or, you might have selected an unmounted drive that cannot be part of a recovery point set.
Independent recovery point
An independent recovery point creates a complete, independent copy of the entire selected drive.
An Independent recovery point is not associated with incremental recovery points or Recovery point sets in any way. As such, Independent recovery points stand on their own and are usually a less complicated method for protecting your computer than are recovery point sets.
You can take an Independent recovery point of a drive (using Run Backup) even if that drive is tracked with a Recovery point set.