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  1. #1


    Posts : 25
    Windows 10

    Usb 16 gb


    I switched from using CD's for backups to USB. So when I do another backup; will the existing backup be updated with new or changed files or do I need to delete the old backup first.

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  2. #2


    If you do a full backup, not a partial or incremental it will be a new backup and will not update the current one. With only a 16 GB media you will likely have to delete before you can do the backup.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 25
    Windows 10


    I just do partial backups. When I was using cd's for backups, the volume would only amount to about 1.2 GB. I back up the following: Desktop,, Music, Documents and Downloads.
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  4. #4


    With that small amount, I would keep two copies of the backup. The current backup and the previous backup.

    Also, don't put all your "eggs" in one basket. I would use two flash drives and alternate backups. Murphy's Law says there is possibility of the flash drive getting corrupted and if that happens all the backups are lost.

    I still use CD-R's for similar data backup. A 25 cent CD-R is cheap. Although I do full hard drive backups using Macrium Reflect. I don't want to just backup user data. If there is a drive problem that means reinstallation of Windows plus all programs and then the user data. With a full hard drive backup (I alternate backups to two different hard drives) if the drive develops a problem or Windows corruption I can restore everything back to the date of the last backup in about an hour. Much easier and less messy than manually installing everything
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  5. #5


    Posts : 25
    Windows 10


    Having two flash drives is a good Idea and I will get another one. My backup using flash drive only took 45 seconds with windows 10. Strange that with windows 7 & 8, it took much longer using cd's. Then again, I may have been backing up other files I was not aware of; even though I checked off just the things that I mentioned before.
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