Ways to work with recovery points

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Ways to work with recovery points

The following table describes the advantages and disadvantages of scheduled independent recovery points or recovery point sets as part of your backup job.

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  • You can free hard drive space by deleting outdated recovery points and incremental recovery points.

    See Deleting recovery points within a set.

  • 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.

    Running an existing backup job immediately

  • This backup type typically requires more storage space.

You can convert recovery points of a physical computer to a virtual disk.

Running a one-time convert to virtual disk job

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