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Everything About Smart Backup

Shortly speaking, the new added Smart Backup option since version 7.0 can create an intelligent schedule to monitor specified files or folders every half an hour, and create a new backup image file if there is any changes made in the past 30 minutes.

Updated on 2018-03-08

This article applies to:
EaseUS Todo Backup Home
EaseUS Todo Backup Enterprise


What is Smart Backup

Shortly speaking, the Smart Backup option can create an intelligent schedule to monitor specified files or folders every half an hour, and generate a new backup image provided any changes are made within the 30 mins.

Smart Backup is not available in Disk/Partition Backup.
The destination drive of Smart Backup cannot be network drives

Where to Find Smart Backup

Smart Backup is available both in EaseUS Todo Backup Home and Todo Backup Enterprise version. The 2 screenshots below shows you where to find this feature in these 2 different versions:

For Todo Backup Home:

For Todo Backup Enterprise:

When to use Smart Backup

The most commonly seen scenarios you can use Smart Backup are:
  1. To backup database files which are frequently changed;
  2. To backup shared files which are frequently updated by shared users;
  3. To create multiple restoration points for the recovery or rollback.

How Smark Backup Works

Before learning Smart Backup, you are recommended to click HERE to have a knowledge of the differences among full, incremental and differential backups. When a Smart Backup task is initiated on your computer. it works as below:
  • Every 7-day is a complete backup circle in Smart Backup mode, and the 1st day is the date when you create the backup task. The first image of each circle is always full.
  • For the other 6 days in this circle, every day starts with a differential image.
  • The rest image files on every valid day will be incremental backups.
  • No backups are created on the invalid days. It is deemed to be an invalid day when your computer happens to be powered off or not functional.

How Smart Backup Manages Old Images:

To avoid insufficient space in the destination location, Smart Backup automatically deletes images with following rules:
  • All the Incremental backups created on yesterday will be deleted with the completion of today's first image.
  • As we have stated before, there should be 6 Differential backups at most. So the oldest Differential will be deleted with the completion of the newest one. For example, Differential created on the 2nd day will be deleted with the completion of Differential on the 8th day.
  • Likewise, there should be 2 Full backups at most. In this case, you are limited to restore the images in the past 15 days.
In most cases you do not need to worry about how many backup images you have for your Smart Backup task due to the rules explained above. The original intension for us to create the Smart Backup is for you to get rid or all the complex backup mechanism and rules and only focus on your work, and can immediately get your works back when disaster happens. However, in case you do want to know what image files are involved in your Smart Backup task, you can have a knowledge from the chart below.

Full refers to Full backup, Diff refers to Differential backup, and Incre refers to Incremental backup.

How to recover from a Smart Backup

Based on the image cleanup rules above, you are able to recover:
1. All backup points created on the same day.
2. The initial status (first backup of a day) on past 14 days at most.
The recovery always gives the latest backup point for you to recover. If you need to recover one of the previous points, the screenshot below shows where to select History Version for recovery.

Smart Backup supports to backup the folders/files by right clicking them in Windows Explorer. Select Create Smart Backup for selected file(s) in Windows menu to start the smart backup.

Need Expert Assistance?

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