Any way to restore just the last incremental file?


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I lost a week after depending on MS restore points, followed by Reflect failing to find by backup drive when trying a restore.
What I am doing is to install new software. Primarily all of my device drivers with current versions. I simply can not trust MS restore points after my experience.
The only way I could find in the documentation is a restore back to the last full. What I want to do is essentially just make a restore point for my C drive. If I could have an isolated incremental that I could use if the new driver fails. That would resolve my problem.
Is there a way to do this. Any suggestions with or without using Reflect. I have tried programs that ritualized my drive and let me test changes. Unfortunately, I have not found one that survives a reboot. Not an uncommon requirement after messing with system files.




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An incremental backup is related to a FULL backup and ALL previous incremental backups made after that full backup.  If you have all those files, you CAN restore your system to the point in time of ANY of those incremental backups.  So if you create an incremental backup, then install software or make other changes to your system and decide you do not want those changes, you can restore using that incremental (which will require the presence of the full backup and all previous incremental backups).  That will put your system back to the state it was in when the incremental was created.  Obviously only the drives contained in the backup will be effected.  This also assumes that you are using an Image backup - not a file and folder backup.  A file/folder backup cannot restore all system data.

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Thanks, I knew that. In fact I eventually did that when MS restore point failed. But it takes a long time. What I need is essentially a replacement for restore that is reliable.
I think I wall put a comment in new features wanted suggesting this. It ought to be doable; perhaps not easily. But it would be a nice added marketing point. If should at least allow just restoring the last incremental  contents. Even more useful to specify the beginning and end of the incrementals to restore.


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Alternety, the restore time in Reflect, when using an INCREMENTAL taken right before your testing cycle, should not be very long (I guess LONG may be in the eyes of the beholder) if RAPID DATA RESTORE is active during the restore process.  You choose that INCREMENTAL for restoration and Reflect only restores the differences between your current tested system and that incremental point, no more.

I'm surprised that you are experiencing a "long" restore time.  For that defined operation, what is the time you are calling "long?"
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But you don't particularly want to keep making full backups to shorten the chain. I currently have configured 12 incrementals and a full. It was more than an hour I believe.

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I create basically weekly chains. I run a full every Sunday and run incrementals daily Monday thru Saturday. I keep 4 sets/chains so after the 5th full finishes it deletes the oldest set. I'm writing the backups to a NAS on my network. Total image size is around 130GB. Fulls take about 40 minutes and incrementals 1-2 minutes. If you are about to install something that you might want to roll back you can always manually run an incremental. It should only take a minute or two. If something bad happens you can restore to that incremental. With rapid data restore turned on it should not take very long at all to restore. Not sure I understand your issue.
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I (try to remember to) run a quick manual Incremental any time I'm going to much around with the system in such a way I could trash it.  This incremental becomes my "restore point" and it only takes maybe 5 minutes?  I just create a new "extra" Incremental in my current backup chain which runs a full on day 1 of the month and Incrementals about once per week.  I made a recent post about making such an Incremental and having to restore my System volume, where my OS is installed.  I posted because I had not restored with RDR (Rapid Delta Restore) enabled before that time and the restore took only 2.5 minutes!  So if I understand your position correctly, and as others have posted, this is totally the answer you're looking for.

To restore the last incremental just go to the Restore tab and find the incremental you want to restore in the list.  (have a couple of Fulls and associated Incremental Deltas in the list.)  I can choose whatever Incremental Delta I want, click on restore image, choose which volume within the Incremental Delta I want to restore and it's off to the races.  Of course, restoring an Incremental of your System volume requires you to boot to the Rescue Media environment.


Edited 2 January 2016 12:35 PM by Gork
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