New v7 backup format--timing, conversion and risk
I'm curious about this v7 backup format and have several questions.
If I want to switch all of my backups to the new format NOW, before I forget about this...
1. Can I 'convert' or must I recreate my plans?
2. Will automatic conversion be on the timeline at some point, for those of us who forget to take action?
3. What are the data-hosting cost considerations in moving later (more data) versus now?
4. Should I revisit full disk images I've created and don't actively update?
5. Referring to the format as Beta is scary for a product that keeps things 'safe' for us...
5a. What are the risks of the format having 'breaking' changes when it's finalized?
5b. Should I incur the costs of switching now, while still in beta?
5c. Will I possibly have to incur those costs again, if/when something unfortunate occurs with the beta format and I have to do it all again?
I installed v7, because it was available, and in the hope it would fix a problem where a scheduled backup runs, even when 'Run missed scheduled plan immediately when computer starts up' is unchecked, if the computer was switched off at the scheduled time. See
Run missed ..
. Off course it was not fixed!
To add to the pain, my existing scheduled task errored after the upgrade to v7 with 'The specified path is invalid'. I am using a Synology NAS as the destination. I created a case for this with the initial response being that it was a known problem!
I will create a separate forum post discussing this in more detail.
Today I created a new format backup, which worked perfectly. I particularly like the option of Restore Verification, as the main problems with backups, is that the restore is not easy to test, and you only find out there is a problem, when you are in trouble.
So, at least for my environment, installing v7 meant I was forced to use the new format. I have not tried a new backup plan using the old format, as yet.
Reading about your experience makes me want to postpone upgrading, Jon. Sounds like a lot of headache.
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