A security copy which contains only those files which have been altered since the last full backup.
- Unfortunately, these tapes are already out of date by hours or days because they were run previously as full backups or as incremental backups some time ago.
- A commonly employed strategy to reduce latency is to perform daily incremental backups and weekly full backups.
- To save time, backup software must provide fast incremental backups, which only need to capture new and changed files.
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