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We're using Acronis Home 11 to backup our main Windows machine at the office. We have a set of portable hard drives that we swap out each week, for redundancy. We have incremental sets ( a new diff of the entire series each night) building on each drive.

However, from time to time, Acronis gets confused and sometimes makes a new full backup. This eats up a lot of drive on the disks. Also, I have to trick the Acronis script each time I swap out a drive and point it to the new incremental backup set. Finally, if a drive gets full, there's no way to partition the backup set on a drive. I found this out the hard way, and now one drive is full with one backup set. So now on the other drive, I have three folders of backup sets. When one starts to get full, I delete the oldest one and start a new set. That way one single drive never gets filled up with one single backup set.

I'm looking for a backup software that can backup Windows in incremental sets, and doesn't get tripped up with swapped out drives. Is there a better solution?

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Did you assign the same drive letter for the two different drives? –  Moab Aug 10 '10 at 19:51
    
Yeah, they show up with the same drive letter. I never have them plugged in at the same time. –  user13743 Aug 11 '10 at 18:09
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Try the Acronis business package it has a lot more options and may solve your problems

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I set up two separate scripts to do the different backups. When one drive is in, I enable its script and disable the other. It seems to be working so far.

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crashplan likely would do the trick as well.

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