Types of Cloud Backup Explained: Full, Incremental, Differential, etc.

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Whether you’re a small business owner or a full-time IT professional, it’s important to understand the difference between cloud backup solutions options. Here are some of the most popular types:

Full Cloud Backup

A full backup is a complete copy of your data. It’s the most comprehensive and secure solution, but it can be expensive—and it’s not always necessary if you’re just looking to restore individual files or folders.

Whether you’re storing photos or documents on the cloud, there are several benefits to using a full cloud backup service:

  • It provides a reliable backup in case something happens to your device or network connection (like losing power). This means that you’ll be able to access all of your files regardless of where they’re stored online or offline.
  • If something does happen and there’s damage from water damage or fire damage, then restoring from an existing snapshot would help avoid having additional charges incurred by needing an expert technician come out again which would otherwise cost more than hiring one initially so this helps keep costs down during emergencies like these situations when dealing with professional technicians who may charge upwards of $100 per hour depending on location area code where.

Differential Cloud Backup

Differential backups are incremental backups that compare the current version of a file to the previous version of that same file. They only back up the files that have changed since the last full backup and therefore can be used to minimize the amount of data that needs to be backed up.

The advantage of differential cloud backup is that it only backs up those parts of your data which have been modified since its last full backup, saving time and space on your cloud storage system.

Incremental Cloud Backup

The incremental backup is a type of cloud backup that only saves changes since the last full or incremental backup. This means that if you run an incremental backup on a Monday, it will save all files since Sunday (or even earlier).

Incremental backups are usually faster than full backups because they don’t need to read through every file in your data center or onsite storage device. They also take less space because they aren’t storing as much information about each file as with a full backup—only what’s changed since the last time you ran backup.

However, there are some downsides to using this method: If something happens after running an incremental backup but before completing another full one (such as when someone loses access), then all of those deleted files would be left behind unless someone else restores them manually later!

Synthetic Full Backups

Full backups are a combination of incremental and differential backups. The difference between them is that with full backups, you can recover all the data from the last full backup point as well as any previous incremental or differential points. This means that if you have been backing up your files every day at 8am and then each night at 6pm for two weeks, you would have three different sets of changes:

  • The first set would be all new files added since the last full backup point (the latest update). These will be included in your next full backup creation.
  • The second set would include those files that haven’t changed since their last full backup point (the oldest version). These will also be included in your next full backup creation but without any additional information about how old they are relative to other versions like date modified or size changed.

There are a lot of different ways you can go about backing up your data, and each has its own strengths and weaknesses.

  • Full backup – The most full-featured option is a full backup, which backs up all files in a single incremental process. This is useful if you have hundreds or thousands of files to back up, but it’s also expensive because it requires more space on the server than other options.
  • Incremental backups – An incremental backup only backs up specific changes made since the last full backup (it doesn’t include any old versions). This means that if something happens to one file while it’s being backed up—a virus infection or power failure—that file won’t be lost because it already exists in an older version that was created before the problem occurred. However, this method does take longer than other options because each new backup needs to be saved separately from previous ones; however, this will save money over time by not having large amounts of storage as well as being able to restore individual files without having to rebuild them all from scratch again after an incident occurs


Cloud backup is a vital tool for any business. Cloud backups have many advantages over traditional backup methods, including the ability to be accessed from anywhere in the world. It may take some time before your organization feels comfortable relying on these services, but once they do start using them, they’ll find themselves much more capable of handling unexpected events or data loss without having to worry about physical backups or restoring from old tapes.

Contact TI Infotech for your cloud backup related requirements.