Windows 10 Incremental Backup | Wise Backup Method

The best way to protect your digital assets is to create regular backups. Typically, unless you compressed the backup file, the size of the backup file is equal to the actual size of the contents of the backup. The more backups you create, the more space your backup drive takes up. This article will focus on Windows 10 incremental backups, telling you everything you need to know about this space-saving backup method.

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Updated by Jean on Jul 20, 2023

There are different ways to backup your Windows 10 computer, and one of the most space-saving methods is an incremental backup. With this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about Windows 10 incremental backup, including what it is and how to create one.

What Is An Incremental Backup?

An incremental backup is a type of backup that only saves new or changed files since the last backup. This means that if you have multiple backups, each subsequent backup will be smaller in size than the last. This is opposed to a full backup, which copies all files every time a backup is made.

There are several advantages to using an incremental backup:

Smaller file sizes: as only new or changed files are backed up, the file size of each subsequent backup will be smaller. This can save you a lot of storage space, especially if you create regular backups.

Faster backups: only new or changed files need to be copied. An incremental backup can be completed more quickly than a full backup.

Fewer data to transfer: if you are backing up your files to an online service, an incremental backup will use less bandwidth as there are fewer data to transfer.

The picture below gives you a more intuitive view of creating an incremental backup.

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Apart from the incremental backup, another method that applies to save the backup drive's space is to create a differential backup. It is hard for novice users to distinguish whether they should make an incremental or differential backup. That's why we recommend you read this article: Differential Backup vs. Incremental Backup.

Does Windows 10 Have A Built-in Incremental Backup Program?

You might know that on Windows 10, there are two built-in backup utilities: File History and Backup and Restore (Windows 7). Backup and Restore (Windows 7) helps users create system images, and File History backs up different versions of files. 

More specifically, File History only "backs up copies of files that are in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC." So Microsoft does not give us a specific and clear answer about whether File History creates incremental backups. But from the definition, we can see that the backup files File History creates are not incremental backups.

*Information source: File History in Windows

How to Create Incremental Backups on Windows 10?

There is no built-in incremental backup feature in Windows 10, but you can use a third-party backup program to create one. We recommend using EaseUS Todo Backup, as it is a free and easy-to-use backup program that supports Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7. 

Why EaseUS?

Since established in 2004, EaseUS has dedicated itself to the field of data security and data recovery and then stepped into the field of disk management. With 18 years of experience, EaseUS has earned the recognition of users and review sites. Its backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup, was highly approved by review sites such as Softonic and Lifewire. Reviews about EaseUS Products >>

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Why EaseUS Todo Backup?

If you want to choose a backup utility, EaseUS Todo Backup is your best choice. Why? Here are the reasons.

  • Convenience: EaseUS Todo Backup designs with a simple and clear user interface. You can easily get along with this software as long as you follow the on-screen operating wizard. 
  • Speed: When backing up a computer, gigabytes of data processing are often involved. Whether you're creating a backup or restoring a backup, EaseUS Todo Backup will run and finish the task in minutes, saving you the most of your time.
  • Powerful: EaseUS Todo Backup covers all possible backup demands, supporting you to backup files, systems, disks, and partitions. What's more, it also gives users full authority to manage the backup plan as well as backup files. For example, you can set up a backup schedule, customize the backup content, create an incremental or differential backup, exclude unwanted files from the backup plan, etc.
  • Free: Some users may be reluctant to use third-party software because they fear it will lure people into paying for it. But you don't need to worry about EaseUS Todo Backup. It is totally free for users to create and restore backup files.

EaseUS Todo Backup also has a paid version with advanced functions added. If you're interested in it, check this link to see if you should pay for this software.

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Now you know why we recommend EaseUS Todo Backup and what it can do. Before starting to create an incremental backup, download EaseUS Todo Backup Free version from this button. And you should also prepare a backup drive to save your backup files.

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Next, please follow the guide below to see how to create an incremental backup on Windows 10 with EaseUS Todo Backup.

Step 1. For the first time you use EaseUS Todo Backup to back up files, click Create backup on the home screen and then mouse click the big question mark to select backup contents.

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Step 2. Since you're going to back up files and folders on your computer, go on with the "File" backup mode, where you can select pictures, videos, documents and all other types of files to back up.

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Step 3. Follow the paths to locate the files, folders or directories you want to back up, select them all and click "OK".

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Step 4. Now you need to select a backup location to save and retain the backup.

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Step 5. EaseUS Todo Backup allows users to save the backup files to every device that is handy for you, like a local hard drive, external USB drive, SD card, network drive, or a NAS drive, plus a cloud drive of the EaseUS brand. We personally recommend users to choose the cloud drive prior to a physical drive to save important backups due to the greater accessibility, flexibility and safety.

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To be able to access to EaseUS cloud, all you need is an email registration and login. 

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Step 6. If you're interested in an automatic and intelligent backup schedule for the next file backup task, go on with the "Options" setting. There you can encrypt a confidential file backup, compress the backup image size, or customize a backup scheme to tell the software in what time to start the next backup. 

Customize an advanced and automatic backup task here:

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Step 7. Click "Backup Now" to start the file backup process. Your completed backup files are visible on the left area in a card style.

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1. Is Windows 10 file history incremental?

No. According to Microsoft, Windows 10 File History backs up copies of files in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders, as well as OneDrive files available offline on your PC. You can also add other files and folders to the File History backup plan. However, in Windows 11, users no longer have this option.

2. Is Windows Backup and Restore incremental?

No. Backup and Restore (Windows 7) can only create system images and system repair discs. If you want to create a backup to your system or just want to protect yourself from sudden corruption, Backup and Restore is good for you.

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Jean has been working as a professional website editor for quite a long time. Her articles focus on topics of computer backup, data security tips, data recovery, and disk partitioning. Also, she writes many guides and tutorials on PC hardware & software troubleshooting. She keeps two lovely parrots and likes making vlogs of pets. With experience in video recording and video editing, she starts writing blogs on multimedia topics now.

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