Differential

If there are both ShadowProtect and Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Agent for Windows installed on the same machine and you back up with VSS enabled, the incremental and differential backups will be of the same size as the full ones

When booted from WinPE-based Acronis Bootable Media Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 always creates full backup archive instead of incremental or differential

Trying to append an incremental or differential backup in Windows/Linux to the one created from Acronis Bootable Media will produce a full backup. The same is true for a vice versa operation

By deleting the ".meta" folder you remove the meta information about the backup

Automatic consolidation creates a new archive with the data from the original ones and deletes the older incremental or differential backups

Acronis True Image Echo has the capability to consolidate backup files (create a consistent copy of archive while deleting selected backups)

How to consolidate backups manually and how to set up automatic consolidation 

Keep a copy of your backup archive in the virtual machine format ready for instant recovery

Introduction

If you want to run your backups manually and have the ability to choose what type of backup to create when the task is run, you can select the necessary backup scheme and switch off scheduling.

Solution

Follow the steps below to set up a custom backup scheme, including differential and/or incremental backups:

In what way full, differential and incremental backups differ from each other

This article applies only to archives in TIB format
If you have questions about the new tibx archives in Acronis True Image, see Acronis True Image 2020: new tibx backup format FAQ