How Long to Keep Files and Folders Backup

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Lorac
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How Long to Keep Files and Folders Backup

Post by Lorac » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:31 pm

I am doing a daily Files and Folders backup to an external backup drive (Smart Backup). I have the option set to keep 7 catalog versions. Does that mean that it will keep only the last 7 backups?

How long should I keep backups? I have 5TB of storage on my external drive.

Thanks you.

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Re: How Long to Keep Files and Folders Backup

Post by Support » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:58 am

Hi,

Please note you cannot combine Smart backup type with storing a specified number of backups in destination.
If you use the Smart backup type, Backup4all will automatically determine which is the best backup type to use.

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Re: How Long to Keep Files and Folders Backup

Post by Lorac » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:38 pm

Thank you for your reply. I should have already known this.

I am not sure what a "catalog" is. I see reference to it in many many places, but not a definition. Where is the catalog? Is it the same as a "log"?

What does it mean to keep 7 catalog versions?

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Re: How Long to Keep Files and Folders Backup

Post by Support » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:29 am

Hi,

The "backup catalogs" is the .bkc file which stores information about the backed up files, backup numbers, versions, file size, paths, info etc
Keeping 7 versions of the catalog means you can have multiple previous versions of that catalog file, stored in destination.

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Re: How Long to Keep Files and Folders Backup

Post by Lorac » Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:44 pm

Thank you. That was helpful

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