Meaning of incremental backup in English:

incremental backup

Pronunciation /ˌiŋkrəˌmɛnt(ə)l ˈbakʌp/


  • A security copy that contains only those files which have been altered since the last 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    ‘Unfortunately, these tapes are already out of date by hours or days because they were run previously as full backups or as incremental backups some time ago.’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.’
    • ‘If you choose to save all your image backups to CD or DVD media, incremental backups can save a substantial amount of time, medium, and money in the long run.’
    • ‘This software lets an administrator create a full backup once and then rely solely on incremental backups from there on out.’