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So I'll be straight up here with what I want to do.

I want to back up my boot drive, over my network to a local server.

Ideally I'd just be backing up my OS image, but I *can* settle with just file backups. I'd also like to be able to keep say...a weeks worth of backups (backup once a day), and automatically dispose of anything older than that.

What is the very best way to do this?
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If you made an rsync script with an mtime parameter you could delete the older files. But if you want an image...might be harder to do.
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You need to look up the specifics of a differential backup for your OS and choice software. Differential is effectively a one time copy of the whole system and then backups the changes day by day. Done properly you can restore to any point based on your backup schedule. Doing an entire backup of the system every single day is a lot of space overhead and just waste of effort, at least in my opinion.
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You need to look up the specifics of a differential backup for your OS and choice software. Differential is effectively a one time copy of the whole system and then backups the changes day by day. Done properly you can restore to any point based on your backup schedule. Doing an entire backup of the system every single day is a lot of space overhead and just waste of effort, at least in my opinion.

Obviously a full backup, is everything, but a differential backup is all the changes since the most recent full backup. The most efficient is an incremental, which is all changes since the most recent backup of any type.
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