Elements: Making Incremental Catalog Backups

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Regarding making an Incremental Catalog Backup in Photoshop Elements 7. I made an initial complete catalog backup, lets call this file "A". When attempting to make a subsequent incremental backup, it would not let me select file "A"as the destination. It appears that it wants me to create a separate file for the incremental backup, lets call this file "B". If I do this, do I have to create a new file for each and every future incremental backup, or do select file "B" for all future incremental backups? Thank you for your help.
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Ankur Agrawal, Employee

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Hey!

You've to create a new backup file every time you take incremental backup. This new file will keep only the changes that have occurred after your previous backup.

i.e. while taking incremental back up 'C' only changes after back up 'B' will be taken into consideration.

While restoring your catalog from backup, you'll be asked to provide all these incremental back up locations.

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Thank You Ankur,
This makes more sense now. Although making incremental backups saves time, I suppose it would still be a good idea to do an original total backup every now and then to keep from having too many incremental backup files. I appreciate your help.
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You can try this as well...

Take a full back up once (A) and whenever you go for an incremental back up just take it from A. This will solve the problem of scattered (multiple) incremental backup files.
You'll have only 2 files - A (full back up) and B (incremental back up).

Happy to help!!

- Ankur
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Hi Ankur,
That is a very clever and creative suggestion. That solves everything. I probably would never have come up with something so simple, yet so practical. Thank you so much. You're the best.
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Hi Curtis,
Thanks for the kind words.

Cheers
Ankur
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i made a full backup and an incremental. i moved my catalogue to a new computer. i restored the full backup fine but i did not see where i would have include the subsequent incremental backup. when i went thru the process again to add the info on the incremental, i saw a message saying it would overwrite everything. so i stopped. what do i do
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Hi Ankur,
Just upgraded to PSE 11, & used the provided backup for the first time.
This is to an external HD. (This is an old spare 2TB non-giganet disk).
The full backup took around 70 hours.
Now succesfully made an incremental backup, which when I eventually, with your help, realised that I needed a new destination for the incremental backup, was near instantaneous.
However as a query to your suggestion to overwrite incremental backups, - Won't the incremental backup itself take longer & longer?
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Hi,
I am using PS Elements 10, and have successfully completed a full backup. (19,315 items, 75.6 GB with an eSATA cable and a Glyph 2 TB RAID 1 configuration), in about 20 minutes.
I am having difficulty performing an Incremental backup.
Please provide a explanation of what it means by "Browse to Load your previous backup file' and list each step required to do this.
Thank-you in advance for your assistance.
Regards,
D_Gray
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A backup, full or incremental, is a single folder. You'll have as many backup folders as you have increments.
It's not obvious, but each of those folders contains a full copy of your database 'catalog.buc', a backup.tly file which contains the information of how to manage the contents of the backup, and renamed copies of the backed up picture files. While the catalog.buc is a simple copy of the database, the copied file items are incremental.
So, it is necessary for you to navigate to the folder holding your previous backup. The organizer will then find the necessary information in the catalog.buc and backup.tly to restore selectively the incremental files.

The tip to remember when restoring, if you have several incremental backups, is to start by the newest (it has the most recent database) and work your way from there up to the original one.

The advantage of the incremental method is also to be able to restore to any of the incremental stages. It's may not be as quick as you might wish.
My recommendation : test it completely before trusting it. Or do full backups regularly.