Simplified naming of backup files

If you select the Name backup files using the archive name… check box:

  • The file name of the first (full) backup in the archive will consist of the archive name; for example: MyData.tib. The file names of subsequent (incremental or differential) backups will have an index; for example: MyData2.tib, MyData3.tib, and so on.

    This simple naming scheme enables you to create a portable image of a machine on a detachable media or move the backups to a different location by using a script.

  • Before creating a new full backup, the software will delete the entire archive and start a new one.

    This behavior is useful when you rotate USB hard drives and want each drive to keep a single full backup or all backups created during a week. But you might end up with no backups if a full backup to your only drive fails.

    This behavior can be suppressed by adding the [Date] variable to the archive name.

If you do not select the Name backup files using the archive name… check box:

  • Each backup will have a unique file name with the exact time stamp and the backup type; for example: MyData_2010_03_26_17_01_38_960D.tib. This standard file naming allows for a wider range of backup destinations and backup schemes.

When using simplified file naming, the following functionality is not available:

  • Setting up full, incremental and differential backups within a single backup plan. You need to create separate backup plans for each type of backup
  • Backup to a managed vault, tape, Acronis Secure Zone or Acronis Online Backup Storage
  • Setting up retention rules
  • Setting up regular conversion of backups to a virtual machine

Tip.The FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS file systems do not allow the following characters in the file name: backslash (\), slash (/), colon (:), asterisk (*), question mark (?), quotation mark (“), less than sign (<), greater than sign (>), and pipe (|).

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Usage examples

The [DATE] variable

Backup splitting and simplified file naming

Simplified naming of backup files