Differential Backup in Windows 8/8.1 to Save Time and Easy Recovery

Posted by @Cherry

September 20, 2016

Differential backup or full backup, which one is ideal for data backup in Windows 8 or 8.1? Differential backup is a common way for users to ensure data backup and recovery effectively as well as reduce storage disk space.

About Full Backup vs. Differential Backup

When referring backup, you may say there are three backup ways, which are full backup, incremental backup and differential backup. To ensure backup efficiency and data security, these three ways often are used together. What is the difference between them? Here introduce full backup and differential backup to you.

Full backup refers to backup all data and applications on your computer, which is a very safe way. When you restore your data, you only need one backup image to restore all your data, which reduce system or data recovery time. However, it has a defect, in the full backup, there is large repetitive data; besides, backup data is also very big, this will take much time.

Differential backup means backup the added and changed data since the last full backup, that is to say, differential backup is on the full backup basis, not an incremental backup. For instance, you make a full backup on Monday, and make a differential backup everyday from Tuesday to Friday. If data has been destroyed on Friday, you only need to restore the full backup of Monday and differential backup of Thursday. This backup data strategy requires less time, and also reduces data recovery time, in addition, it also save storage disk space.

It is Essential to Make Differential Backup for Windows 8/8.1

After you know the difference between differential backup and full backup, and the advantages of differential backup, making a differential backup is a wise way for data protection and reduce disk space occupancy rate. In Windows 8, it is necessary for differential backup to avoid data loss. Due to system crash, virus and blue screen etc. reasons, you’d better do a full backup for your files, folders, partitions, system or disk, and then according to the changed and added data, do a differential backup Windows 8. How to create a Windows 8 differential backup? The below words will tell you.

Do Differential Backup in Windows 8/8.1 by AOMEI Backupper Standard

AOMEI Backupper Standard, an excellent and free backup software, which can be used for file & folder, partition, disk and system backup. Also automatic backup, incremental and differential backup can be made by AOMEI Backupper. As for how to do differential backup Windows 8, it is very easy, only you need to finish a full backup first, and then set differential backup. Here is the guidance about Windows 8 differential backup.

Step 1: Go to AOMEI Backupper Standard main interface and then choose a backup for full backup. (Take file backup as an example)

Main Interface

Step 2: Then name the task and add a file you want to back up, select a backup image storage path. After finishing these settings, please Start Backup.

File Backup

Step 3: Then it is file backup progress. After operations complete, click Finish. Like this, you finish your file full backup.


Step 4: If you want to do differential backup Windows 8, go to Home interface, and click Backup>>Differential Backup. If you want to only backup the changed data, do like this.

Differential Backup

In conclusion, no matter in Windows 8, in Windows 7/XP/Vista/10 or Server 2003/2008/2012/2008/R2, AOMEI Backupper can help you finish your differential backup or incremental backup quickly and effectively.

Note: if you want to know incremental backup in Windows 8, "Powerful Freeware for Windows 8 Incremental Backup" can be useful.

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