What distinguishes the different kinds of Seagate Dashboard backups?

What distinguishes the different kinds of Seagate Dashboard backups?


Provides information on the different backup features available in Seagate Dashboard for Backup Plus.

The Seagate Dashboard allows for various types of backups, and their specific functions serve to classify them into three main groups.

One-time, full backup
The Snapshot executes the backup plan only once. Every time a snapshot is performed, it will do a full backup at that point. Dashboard stores all the backed-up data into a folder (see Document ID: 005072 - Where are my Seagate Dashboard backup files stored?). Every Snapshot backup will produce a folder in which all of the backed up data is stored.


Constantly changing backup
The Continuous backup constantly monitors the files and folders selected in the backup plan. As it detects a change to a file or folder, it remembers that change. Depending on the number of files and folders that have changed since the last backup, it will actually copy the file(s) to the backup destination folder from 30 minutes to two hours after the change is made.
The Continuous backup adds a new folder every time it runs, but the folder will only contain files that changed since the last backup, not a full backup in each folder. It is very sensitive to changes, so even a small modification to a file (whether by you or by a program running in the background) will result in its being detected as changed and thus backed up again.


Regularly-scheduled backup
The monthly, weekly, and daily backup options perform a full backup initially. After that, they only copy files that were changed since the last backup.
It is very sensitive to changes, so even a small modification to a file (whether by you or by a program running in the background) will result in its being detected as changed and thus backed up again.

  • Monthly: Executes the backup plan a specific day of each month, at a specific time.
  • Weekly: Executes the backup plan a specific day of each week, at a specific time.
  • Daily: Executes the backup plan at a specific time each day.




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